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What Does the New Solar Mandate Mean for the Public?

May 22, 2018

By Ceylan Crow. The California Energy Commission (CEC) voted on May 9 2018, to further increase the clean energy requirements in the California Building Energy Standards. Updated every three years, the standards require California homes and businesses to meet strong energy efficiency measures, lowering their energy use. For the first time, they will require solar … Continued [Read more]

Highest Quality Solar Roof Attachments

May 17, 2018

By John Matheny. When it comes to solar roof attachments, a question prospective solar customers often ask is: “Will my roof leak because of the holes drilled in my roof?” Solar Works has over 30 years experience and expertise, and we take great care to ensure high quality installations from start to finish. Plus, improvements … Continued [Read more]

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Effects of the Solar Tariff

April 10, 2018

By John Matheny. On January 22, 2018, the Trump administration enacted a 30% tariff on solar modules (panels) that are imported into the United States. This followed a concerted effort by the solar installation and solar manufacturing industries to stop such a tariff. Opponents of the tariff researched the potential effects and concluded this import … Continued [Read more]

Benefits of All Electric and Zero Net Energy Homes

April 2, 2018

By John Matheny. When building a new home or doing a major remodel, an important consideration is how it will be heated and cooled, and which appliances to use. Natural gas for ambient and water heating has long been accepted as most efficient and cost effective, but is now changing due to advances in technology. … Continued [Read more]

Local Financing Options for Affordable Solar

March 26, 2018

by John Matheny. If you think powering your home or business with solar is beyond your reach, there are easily accessible programs that can make it very affordable. Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) is a program that allows Sonoma County property owners to finance clean energy projects. In most cases, people who use SCEIP … Continued [Read more]

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The High Cost of Delaying a Solar Installation

March 12, 2018

by John Matheny. Every day you don’t have solar is another day you are paying too much for electricity. Over the past 18 years, there have been leaps and bounds in the field of grid-tied solar. No longer in the realm of early adopters, grid-tied solar-powered electricity is a proven technology and investment. Too often … Continued [Read more]