4 Solar Upgrades for Your Back Yard

4 Solar Upgrades for Your Back Yard

By Timothy Johnson Making your back yard more “green” doesn’t only mean maintaining a lush and healthy lawn. While a nice lawn literally makes your backyard more green, sprucing it up with practical solar gadgets like these is a fun, easy, and affordable way to add green in the environmentally friendly sense as well. With the invention of the solar cell, lighting and charging directly from the sun’s energy is safe and...

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What Determines the Lifespan of a Solar Panel?

What Determines the Lifespan of a Solar Panel?

By Kyle Pennell There’s an old maxim that nothing lasts forever, and solar panels are no exception. But why do solar panels die? And how can you ensure your panels have a long, useful life? Solar panels don’t typically die in the way that batteries or other appliances do. Instead, they remain operable but stop producing the same amount of power that they did back when they were first installed. The slow, steady decline in a solar...

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MidNite Solar Classic Charge Controller System Sizing Tool

MidNite Solar Classic Charge Controller System Sizing Tool

This PV system sizing tool helps you select the best MidNite Solar Classic MPPT Charge Controller for your solar power system. By entering your solar panels’ specs below, you’ll be able to determine how many you can use with each MidNite Solar Classic Charge Controller and how the array should be configured. See further down the page for the MidNite Solar KID Charge Controller sizing. A big thank you to our friends at MidNite Solar...

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The Joys of Summertime Electric Vehicle Charging

The Joys of Summertime Electric Vehicle Charging

One of my favorite things about summer is that I can charge my Tesla S-90 off of my home solar system and not deplete my energy. In the Winter, and even in late Fall and early Spring, there just isn’t enough power to charge my car given the amount of sun and the amount of hydroelectric power I generate from my home system. I have a set of Hup Solar One Yuasa deep-cycle solar batteries (48V x 3300 amp-hours) and I try to keep them no lower...

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Huge Electric Vehicle Rebates in Sonoma County

Huge Electric Vehicle Rebates in Sonoma County

Attention Sonoma Clean Power customers: the Drive EverGreen program is offering an unbeatable combination of incentives for purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle (EV). From now through October 31, 2017, SCP customers are eligible for incentives, purchase credits, rebates, a $7,500 federal tax credit, and a FREE home charger when they purchase an EV through the Drive EverGreen Program. Last year’s pilot version of this program saw 206...

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Winterizing Your Flooded Lead Acid Solar Batteries

Winterizing Your Flooded Lead Acid Solar Batteries

By Real Goods Solar Tech Noah Mervine Winterization is an important part of wet (flooded) cell battery maintenance. If your renewable energy system’s battery bank uses wet (flooded) lead acid batteries, be sure to follow your battery manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines (or our guidelines below). Note: Our Battery Life Savers Desulphators minimize maintenance and are a great addition to any lead acid battery bank. When permanently...

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