Simple Solar Ownership

Once your solar energy system design is approved, the actual scheduling date for your solar installation is on the horizon. But before solar excitement can take over your every thought and wrap you like a warm blanket, the issue of actually paying for your system needs to be addressed. Luckily for you, this is actually a pretty straightforward and simple process. You just need money! See, simple and straightforward. If only everything in life was so simple. In all seriousness,…

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Infographic – Sharing the Love

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We have officially signed on the dotted line, becoming proud participants in sustainable energy. The system design has been approved, and our project manager is handling the various steps within the permitting process. As we await the actual solar installation date, we now have a ton of time to think about how our solar system will make life a little more comfortable. Once beginnning as green solar newbies, we’ve been able to figure out the basics and answer questions whenever…

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Next Steps – Comparing Apples to Apples

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By now, I’m positive that going solar is the single best investment to drive down the risk of increasing costs for energy, while also freeing up my money to be used and/or invested differently. My next move towards energy independence involves a few steps: Understand my yearly energy usage Define my budget for solar panel installation Determine how long I plan on staying in my current home Sign up for solar inquiries on a few websites Schedule an appointment to…

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Why It Works For Me

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Now that I know the basics of solar energy and solar installations, it became time to narrow down my choices for solar system installation. Although my wife agreed to make this investment for our energy needs, we were drawn to the fact that it could positively affect the value of our home. We’ve only been in our home for 6 years, and currently pay a PMI of $200. There is a pretty good chance that we’ll be able to have…

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Learning the Basics

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So now we get to the point where I need to research some options. A simple Google search can set me in the right direction. But before I can research who can install solar on my home, I need to understand whatthey will be installing. Have you ever been overwhelmed with a quick web search? I typed “solar panels things to know” and I got an avalanche of information. Here is a quick  punch list I found in the search results: What you need to…

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Shade Before the Solar Solution

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Albuquerque summers are the worst. Its true, to me at least. The three months from June to August are usually met with fear and loathing on my part. Even my barber worries about me, because my summer haircuts always include a cut that too short for someone with my ear size. Oh great now every summer I walk around with my ears trying to dissipate heat like elephants in the Sahara. Such is life as a Burqueno, summertime in the…

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Break the Chain – A Manifesto for Everyone without Solar

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Dear Solar Consumer, I was considering blogging about some factual details and arguments for the use of solar power; details about its benefits and economic advantages and why a typical New Mexico consumer, whether business or household, should invest in a solar generation solution. I could have written about the triple bottom line – People, Planet and Profit.  About how all of the “smart companies do it”.   I would…

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Solar and Fire Safety

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Do I need to worry about them lighting on fire? This is one of the most common questions we get from customers who are preparing to install a solar array on their home or business, and there is definitely logic behind the query. After all, solar panels are electrical equipment, and all electrical equipment has some fire hazard associated with it. Also, anything sitting on top of the roof in a New Mexico summer…

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Solar Vineyard

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One of my greatest passions is helping local businesses thrive in New Mexico. While there are challenges to operating in a small state like ours, I’ve often found solar solutions for small businesses that allow for lower operating costs, increased cash flow and a predictable ROI. One of my customers operates a vineyard here in Albuquerque. The hot summer months are watering season, which has historically resulted in excessively high electricity costs.

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