Cal Poly Students, the Future of Solar Technology

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students may hold the key to the future of solar technology.  They are working to create a design that reduces the number of panels needed to supply power to a house off the grid.  With new technology they are hoping to make further advancements in the solar field and make everything run more efficiently . …

Caring for your Solar Panels

We recommend cleaning your solar panels just before summer to make sure they are producing as much energy as possible. AM Sun Solar partner, Cory Howe, says to “think of it like cleaning your car, a soft bristled brush and water will do just fine.” Our solar panels come with a layer of anti-reflective coating and brushes and solutions can strip that away …

Cal Poly Enters Solar Decathlon

Over 100 members of the Cal Poly Solar Team are working together to design, engineer and construct a net-zero energy home for competition in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 coming up this October. The home team entry is designed for the Central Coast climate, promotes outdoor living and operates using all kinds of cool technology. For more information …

Will Solar Eventually be as Affordable as a Traditional Electric Bill?

Over the past 15 years, the cost of putting solar panels on a typical American house has fallen by nearly 70%. Solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming, that is, that the federal government maintains the 30 % solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on …

Climate Change a Terrible Argument for Going Solar?

“As an investor, I’m not invested in solar energy because of its environmental benefits; I’m invested in solar energy because it’s an abundant resource that is cost competitive today and is reducing costs more quickly than any other major energy source. Those factors should drive the discussion, not climate change.” – Motley Fool, Why Climate Change Is a Terrible Argument …

Spring is Here!

Today is the first day of spring and that means summer and PG&E’s summer rates are right around the corner. Did you know that there are different usage rate plans offered to customers through PG & E? Energy consumers have the option to choose between a Standard Tiered Base Plan and a Time of Use Plan. Time of Use Plan’s pricing varies …