We couldn't help but laugh at this video when we saw it. Apparently, people in Boston flat out don't want money when handed to them!
The reason we laughed so hard because we often run into the same situation. What we do as a solar company is install systems for nothing down. Our customers pay us monthly, but the amount they save is even more. So they are making money, for free! Sometimes people just don't believe us.
Of course, it isn't really free. Who really pays for it is your utility. Because you get energy from the solar system, the utility isn't able to sell you theirs.
Do we feel bad for them? Of course not! They have been overcharging you for years. We are glad we can provide a low cost and green energy solution.
Posted by Michael Rastadmehr · July 26, 2013 11:00 AM
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar – The world’s largest solar boat – completed its unprecedented trip around the world in May 2012, after 19 months and 37,000 miles. The point of the voyage was to showcase the impressive power of solar energy. This summer, the PlanetSolar is continuing to show off its practical applications by being part of a scientific expedition up the Gulf Stream, led by Dr. Martin Beniston, a climatologist from the University of Geneva. The study focuses on the impact of aerosols and phytoplankton on climate.
Posted by Michael Rastadmehr · July 25, 2013 2:32 PM
Researchers at UC Berkeley released a paper on 7/24/2013, detailing a way to manufacture high efficiency III-V Photovoltaics at an affordable price for the mainstream consumer market. This could fundamentally alter the photovoltaic industry that is currently made up of mostly silicon-based cells, operating at around 20% efficiency at their peak.
How many trees would you have to plant to get the same effect as going solar on your home in Los Angeles? Could you give up your car? If you had a chance to prevent the burning of 10 barrels of oil, would you do it? Wouldn’t it be nice to learn exactly how much carbon you’ll keep out of the air by making the leap to solar energy? Now you can! With the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, you can figure how much noxious gas you’d keep out of the atmosphere, along with how many trees you’d have to plant, or cars you’d have to remove from the road to get the same effect.
Posted by Michael Rastadmehr · July 18, 2013 12:00 PM
Scientists at the UCLA Nano Renewable Energy Center of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) have created a new type of solar cell that allows visible light to pass through, while absorbing infrared light. The result is a solar panel 70% invisible to human eyes that can be used on windows and other unprecedented surfaces.
Posted by Michael Rastadmehr · July 16, 2013 12:00 PM
A major incentive in going solar is the large savings on your monthly utility bill. However, in order to maximize these solar savings you need to make sure that you are not wasting energy each month and overpaying for your utility electricity. It may be that your energy needs can be met with a smaller solar system than your current electricity use indicates. We want to make sure that you are being as energy efficient as possible before you get a solar system and that is where weatherization comes in.
Posted by Michael Rastadmehr · July 15, 2013 12:00 PM
On 7/5/2013, the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a new federal order withdrawing 303,900 acres of land in 6 western states (California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico) to protect them from mining claims. The area withdrawn has been federally designated as especially well-suited for solar development. The Public Land Order ensures the possibility of exclusive solar development rights in these zones without the impedance of mining laws.
Worry no more, because solar technology is once again leading the way in innovation. OnBeat has developed headphones that have a flexible solar band in the frame that charges batteries in the headset using the sunlight shining on your head. Then you can simply plug in your phone and use the batteries to give you juice when you need it most.
Have you ever been jamming out to your favorite tune and been worried your phone or iPod might die at any minute?
On June 23, 2013, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pulled the switch to turn on Los Angeles’ first solar system that will be generating electricity that feeds back into the electrical grid. This is a initiative started under the CLEAN LA Solar program meant to supply zero-carbon, renewable energy by taking advantage of the vast amount of unutilized rooftop space in Los Angeles. This first project under this program is located in Oxnard, and was completed by our parent company, Solar Provider Group.