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Solar Eclipse – Solar Monitoring

Posted by YES on August 24, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

The solar eclipse might be over, but there is still one more place to see its impact. While we in California might have only seen a partial solar eclipse on Monday, that doesn’t mean that we were unaffected. If you have a solar system, check out your monitoring portal and see the drop in production coordinating with the hours of the partial eclipse. The peak of the drop was at around 10:15 AM, the same time that the partial eclipse peaked.

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Pleasanton Solar Install – American-Made SolarWorld Solar Panels & Enphase Microinverters

Posted by YES on July 5, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

A solar install in Pleasanton, California. This system consists of 32 SolarWorld 290 Mono Black panels, an all-black panel. SolarWorld panels are manufactured in the USA at Hillsboro, Oregon (located just west of Portland). The system is paired with Enphase microinverters. We expect this system to produce 11,488 kilowatts of electricity in its first year.

With microinverters, each solar panel has its own inverter. The major benefit of microinverters is for the rare chance that there is a failure in either one of the microinverters or panels, the rest of the system continues to make electricity unaffected. This is unlike central inverters (large single inverters), where a failure of the inverter will result in total production loss.…

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Are more efficient solar panels higher quality?

Posted by YES on June 16, 2017 in LG Mitsubishi Solar Solar Panels SunPower 1 Comment

Different brands of solar panels offer different levels of power output. For example, we sell both SunPower 345 watt panels as well as Mitsubishi 275 watt panels. A common misconception is that because each SunPower panel outputs more electricity, they are of higher quality.

In reality, both companies have extensive experience in manufacturing high quality and reliable panels, and both have very low failure rates. The only difference is that the SunPower panel is more efficient.

Solar Panels

As shown above, a 6.2 kilowatt solar system could be comprised of either 18 SunPower 345 watt panels or 23 Mitsubishi 275 watt panels. The reliability is the same, the amount of electric production is the same, and quality of the panels is the same.…

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San Ramon, CA Solar Install – Mitsubishi Solar Panels & Enphase Microinverters

Posted by YES on March 3, 2017 in Enphase Installs Solar Solar Monitoring No Comments

Solar install in San Ramon, California. This system consists of 25 Mitsubishi 270 watt panels and uses Enphase microinverters. We estimate this system to produce 9412 kilowatts in its first year, completely offsetting their electric usage. And so far, actual production is exceeding our projections by over 20%.

With Enphase microinverters, there is no single large inverter installed at the side of the home. Each panel has its own dedicated microinverter installed underneath each panel, which means no single point of failure. In the rare chance a microinverter fails on this customer’s system, the remaining 24 will continue to produce power.…

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Winter Referral Bonus

Posted by YES on March 1, 2017 in Promotions No Comments

Got friends interested in going solar? How does $1275 for each referral sound?

From now though March 15, we are upping the award – $1275 for each referral that goes solar with Your Energy Solutions. That’s over 4 times greater than our normal award. And for every 4th referral, we’ll throw in a $1000 bonus. That means if 4 of your friends go solar, that’s $6100 for you!

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While anyone can participate in our referral program, this extra bonus is only available to those who had their solar systems installed with Your Energy Solutions.…

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Pleasanton, CA Solar Install

Posted by YES on February 3, 2017 in Installs Solar SolarEdge SunPower No Comments

Solar install in Pleasanton, California. This system consists of 22 all-black SunPower 335 watt panels paired with a SolarEdge inverter. Even with shading, we expect this system to produce 10,096 kilowatts of electricity in its first year.

On a SolarEdge system, each panel contains an optimizer to individually maximize solar a production on a per-panel basis. That way, a single shaded panel will not affect production for the rest of the system. In addition, SolarEdge customers are able to monitor their solar production by the panel.

Panel level monitoring is also available on Enphase systems as well.

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San Ramon, CA Solar Install

Posted by YES on January 13, 2017 in Installs LG Solar SolarEdge No Comments

Solar install in San Ramon, California. System consults of 22 all-black LG 300 panels with a SolarEdge inverter. We estimated this system to produce 8273 kilowatts in its first year. So far, production is exceeding our expectations by over 10%.

With Net Metering with the electric company, extra solar production during the day offsets the night and cloudy days. No batteries needed.

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PG&E NEM 2 vs NEM 1

Posted by YES on December 21, 2016 in Net Metering PG&E Solar No Comments

PG&E’s NEM 2 took effect for new solar interconnection applications completed on or after December 16, 2016. For PG&E to consider an application complete, it requires the solar system to pass the City’s final inspection. A copy of the signed Permit must be included with the application.

NEM 2 activated when 5% of electricity being generated during peak hours was coming from customers with net metering agreements, including solar. Because NEM 2 activates based on a threshold, PG&E never set a date for it to begin. Instead, they provided only a 12 hour notice.

PG&E states that the changes with NEM 2 are “modest”.…

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NEM 2 – How it affects NEM 1 residential solar customers

Posted by YES on December 16, 2016 in Net Metering PG&E Solar No Comments

For interconnected solar systems within PG&E territory, NEM 1 reached its cap on December 15. The successor program, NEM 2, launched today. Under the new interconnection agreement, customers interconnecting new solar systems are now required to be on time-of-use rate plans and pay some extra taxes and fees.

Customers interconnected on December 15, 2016 or earlier will remain on NEM 1. However, there are some provisions NEM 1 customers should be aware of:

How long may I keep my NEM 1 agreement?

Your NEM 1 agreements lasts 20 years from the date of interconnection. If your solar was interconnected on June 5, 2015, then you may remain on NEM 1 until 2035.…

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In San Francisco or Oakland? Solar Net Metering may not be possible.

Posted by YES on December 12, 2016 in PG&E No Comments

Live in San Francisco or Oakland? Before shopping for solar, call PG&E and ask if you are in a “secondary network”. If your home or business is in one of these networks, solar interconnection and net metering are not possible.

Secondary Networks Explained

Most of PG&E’s territory use radial networks, where there is one path for electricity to flow from to the customer’s home or business. Any damage to the line along the way will cause power loss. In contrast, secondary networks have parallel lines, improving reliability.

PG&E uses devices called “network protectors” to prevent electricity from back-feeding from one transformer to another.…

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