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Battery and Grid-Tied Solar Electric Systems

October 8, 2018

By John Matheny and Emily Collet — Battery and Grid-Tied Solar Electric Systems When the installation of solar electric (also called photovoltaic or PV) systems began to be used for homes it was because there was no grid-delivered electricity to the site. Off-grid systems using lead acid batteries were installed to provide electricity during the … Continued [Read more]


Net Energy Metering (NEM)

October 5, 2018

By John Matheny — The focus of this article is PG&E’s Net Energy Metering Program, which allows a solar electric (Photovoltaic or PV) system to be connected to the grid, and feed energy back through the meter to directly offset energy usage. This means that sometimes more power is being consumed than produced, and other … Continued [Read more]


Solar homes and EVs

Use the Sun’s Energy to Power Your Home and Electric Vehicle (EV)

September 5, 2018

By John Parry and John Matheny — Solar homes and EVs are a perfect combination to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bill. A solar electric system powers your house with clean energy and charges your EV, with all excess energy going back into the grid. With a Time Of Use (TOU) metering … Continued [Read more]


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All Electric and Zero Net Energy Homes

July 20, 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, which appliances to use and evaluate constructing an all electric Zero Net Energy home. Natural gas for ambient and water heating was long seen as the most efficient and cost effective … 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]


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