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How to build a basic off-grid solar electric system

We get asked about small off-grid systems pretty often, and are now working with local battery manufacturer Ojai Energy Systems to design several PV+Storage kits. In the meantime, we thought you might like to know what goes into the building… Read more »

About National “Shout Out For Solar” Day

It’s estimated that the U.S. now has 13 GW of installed capacity – enough to power more than 2 million U.S. homes. California continues to be a U.S. leader, now having 4 GW – enough to power 900,100 homes. Solar… Read more »

How Many Smart People Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

OjaiBYOB is a not-for-profit, one-time event held February 1 – April 22, 2014 In collaboration with Rotary Club of Ojai, Kapadia Education Foundation, California Solar Electric, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, and Walters Wholesale Electric Co. The program is currently focused… Read more »

Not All Solar Modules Are Alike

There are more than a few phyical characterisitcs to consider before deciding on a type of solar module for your project. 60-cell versus 72-cell panels, ongrid versus offgrid applications, monosilicon versus polysilicon or thin-film. What’s it all mean? Monosilicon cells,… Read more »

Islands Lead the Way By Going 100% Renewable Energy

By Jeremy Gottlieb Of course this transition does not only contribute towards a healthier planet, but also a lower fuel bill for the islands as it is expensive to purchase and receive diesel and other fuels by sea or air…. Read more »

Going Solar Can Save You Big Time

Brandon Baker | December 3, 2013 12:30 pm Aside from the natural concerns that accompany most changes, a five-figure price tag is oftentimes what unnerves people about going solar. Such a number presents it as a sizable investment—which it is–but… Read more »

North American First: Ontario Bans Coal-Fired Power

Environmental Defence | November 22, 2013 3:39 pm On Thursday, Environmental Defence hosted Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and former U.S. Vice-President and Chairman of the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore, at an event to announce the elimination of coal-fired electricity in Ontario. The largest coal plant in… Read more »