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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Real Goods Installs Solar Water Pumping System for NorCal Vineyard

Real Goods Installs Solar Water Pumping System for NorCal Vineyard

Installed June of 2017 Northern California wine producer Bob Gloeckner decided he could no longer justify the cost of running a 240-volt AC submersible pump to irrigate his wine grape vineyard in the small town of Covelo, CA. So he contacted Real Goods – a Northern California institution when it comes to renewable energy – in the hopes that we might be able to offer a better solution for his irrigation needs. Real Goods solar techs...

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When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

By Hannah West The promises of a residential solar energy system may start to feel a little iffy when you’re looking down the barrel of a big investment. Are lower (or nonexistent) utility bills, environmental stewardship, and energy independence enough to balance out an initial price tag of tens of thousands of dollars? Well, that depends on how soon your PV solar system starts to pay off. When you ask how long before you start to see a...

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Real Goods Stands with Standing Rock and Will Provide Power

Real Goods Stands with Standing Rock and Will Provide Power

This post was derived from Ashley Tressel’s article for Willits News. Real Goods is working with Michael Reppy, an activist with Earth Island Institute, to supply solar panels and a wind turbine to power a school at Sacred Stone Camp for pipeline protesters in North Dakota. Reppy asked Real Goods to build him a turn-key renewable energy system that he and his colleague Chris Winn could install on site in North Dakota with little assembly....

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