Resources and Information

One of our goals as an organization is to provide knowledge and information about solar and opportunities to expand the use of renewable energy.

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Battery Backup

In general, an existing solar system can be upgraded to add battery backup. However, it is expensive and SunWork does not install batteries at this time.

Installing batteries for backup purposes can cost $15,000 to $30,000

Home Electrification

Home electrification is the process of switching from fossil fuel based electricity sources to renewable and carbon-free electricity sources. Once you go solar, making the switch to “all electric” is very cost effective since you’ll be producing your own electricity.

Guide to Fossil Free Homes

Guide to Fossil Free Homes

This guide from Menlo Spark provides information about moving to an all-electric, low-carbon, clean home by replacing your natural gas appliances with electric appliances.

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Software Tools

There are several online tools available to help you determine what kind of solar system size and design might work best for a given project.

SunThink!

SunThink!

SunThink! is a computer application SunWork built as a resource for designing solar systems. It gives an accurate and all-embracing picture of the solar resource available for a particular project site, and it aids in determining the system size needed to meet specific solar system design goals.

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PVWatts Calculator

PVWatts Calculator

Online calculator created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected PV systems at a specific address.

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Project Sunroof

Project Sunroof

Project Sunroof is a great resource for going solar. Using Google maps, this calculator shows the best roof space for the solar system and how many square feet are available.

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More Going Solar Resources

The following resources may be useful to anyone looking to “go solar” even if they might not qualify for SunWork.
EnergySage Marketplace

EnergySage Marketplace

The EnergySage Marketplace gets you quotes online from multiple, pre-screened local installers and helps you compare offers. When homeowners go solar using this link, SunWork receives funds...

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Free Going Solar Workshops

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Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | June 25 @ Online Webinar
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | June 25 @ Online Webinar | Los Angeles | CA | United States

Join our free online webinar to learn how to install solar energy systems. Then volunteer on solar energy projects in your community.

Learn the basics of installing rooftop solar energy systems by volunteering with SunWork. This 3-hour online event teaches the basics of rooftop solar, solar equipment, electricity, and construction safety. This orientation is a great opportunity to learn about clean renewable energy.
Once you’ve completed this training, you are eligible to join us to install residential and nonprofit solar systems in your community. Volunteers work together with SunWork’s professional staff, attaching racking, running conduit, hanging inverters, and mounting the solar panels that make a solar system tick. Some of our volunteers leverage this experience toward a career in solar energy. Others plan to install solar on their own homes. Most volunteers enjoy supporting the expansion of clean renewable energy and helping provide solar energy for their communities. Please see our Bay Area and Central Coast web pages for the communities we serve.
Requirements:
-This orientation session will be conducted using Zoom. The session requires you to have access to a Smartphone, Tablet, or Computer with the Zoom App installed. Ideally, you will also have a camera available on your device.
-You must participate in the entire event at the time it is conducted (sorry, no time-shifting option.)
-You must be 18 or older to volunteer (or if 16 or 17, with parent or guardian permission.)

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