SOLAR POWER

Climate Change and Solar Power

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A long, long time ago, before home solar power was about saving money on your monthly electric bill, the main motivation for going solar was environmental. Before anyone was talking about “reducing their carbon footprint,” homeowners invested in solar energy systems with the goal of doing just that. Today, as the effects of man-made global… read more

Making the Change

Changing our country’s dependence on foreign oil supplies starts with ourselves and by changing to solar power we help our nation get one step closer to make that change. Additionally, having solar power installed makes our family feel great about the environmental impact that we are contributing. Real Good Solar made it easy to make… read more

Back to Basics

The first oil well in the U.S. was drilled by Edwin Drake in 1859 which changed everything. Before this fossil fuels were used only in very small amounts for a few heating, lighting and medicinal purposes. The main energy source for our planet and those who lived on it came from the sun. The sun… read more

Real Goods Solar Sponsors Grid Alternatives Solar Installation at the 30th Annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project

We had the privilege to work with GRID Alternatives during Habitat for Humanity’s 30th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Oct. 6-12 in Denver, Colorado. During the milestone anniversary event, Real Goods Solar sponsored an installation and donated our time to help bring solar into the Globeville neighborhood in northeast Denver. We had a really great time getting… read more

My Solar Story

I have always been interested in solar energy. I studied passive solar design in Architecture school when I was 19-20. But I ended up in an old (1830’s) stone house in Vermont. It is difficult to remodel such a building (and architecturally unkind to do so to such a lovely house), so I had been… read more

Meet Earl, The World’s First Solar-Powered Backcountry Survival Tablet

“Meet Earl, a revolutionary tablet engineered for the most extreme of outdoor situations. Built for survival, Earl works where today’s smart phones and tablets cannot. Style meets efficiency with Earl’s intuitive design, fusing Android 4.1 together with an energy sipping E-Ink screen and the latest in GPS, weather sensor, and radio communication technology. With Earl… read more

America’s Real Problem with Solar Energy

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Each day, our industry sits down and whittles the unsightly knots off the tree we call solar energy. We, as a group, spend more time than we should pointing to one of a growing number of reasons why solar energy isn’t taking hold in America: that perhaps our government incentives were cut too quickly, that… read more

Home power generation

As an electrical engineer I have always been interested in Power and Energy. While in college I worked in a couple of internships that focused on power generation. I have always been intrigued by the idea of generating my own power, and becoming “net-neutral.” Since buying a home about a year and a half ago… read more

Investing for the environment

I am thrilled to be getting RealGoods solar power for my home! I have wanted solar for many years for environmental reasons, and now there is a fantastic combination of efficient and high quality technologies and state and federal incentives that enable me to supply all my own electric power needs and to achieve payback… read more

Electric Vehicles: Making Clean Count with Solar

There is an expression derived from Scottish philosopher Thomas Reid that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It’s clearly true in the literal sense, but has come to be used figuratively to illustrate the importance of well-roundedness in strategies, teams, projects, etc. The expression also applies to one of the hottest… read more

What Does Going Solar with Real Goods Solar Look Like?

Want to know more about going solar with Real Goods? Energy Hunter’s George “Woody” Wood did, so he stopped by a Winchester, Massachusetts home on the day of its solar system installation to ask the homeowner and the Real Goods Solar installers all about it (as well as share some info about the system at… read more

Solar all the way in San Jose

My family and I live in South San Jose in a neighborhood that was built as a green community. In trying to keep with this philosophy and the rising electric prices we investigated installing a solar system. We like the idea of clean energy and with the addition of an electric vehicle the choice was… read more

Financial coaches discover solar savings

Becky and I run a growing business coaching families on their finances, and have lived in our home for 15 years. We liked the idea of solar power, both for the ecology and the potential savings, but didn’t want to spend time researching options. We have two sets of friends who have gone solar,and both… read more

A natural extension of an eco-friendly renovation

Having recently rennovated a house in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, we have been careful to be green in every area possible, including appliance selection, fuel, windows and insulation. It was a natural extension to look into solar power as a method to conserve natural resources and also to save money on energy usage. Related posts:… read more

Staying cool in SoCal

We live in Los Angeles where the electrical rates are far more than the rest of the country. Due to the extremely hot and dry summers here, we wanted to get central air conditioning, but we knew that we couldn’t afford the bills.With the amount of solar power our system will return each summer, we… read more