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Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), also known as the Solar Investment Tax Credit, is a tax credit that homeowners are eligible for when they install a solar system. If a homeowner installs their new solar system in 2019,

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SunWork Wins Sustainability Award

SunWork Wins Sustainability Award

SunWork was selected by Sustainable San Mateo County to receive a 2017 Sustainability Award for its dedication to addressing sustainability issues. This award recognizes SunWork’s outstanding commitment to bringing sustainable

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Recent Articles

Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), also known as the Solar Investment Tax Credit, is a tax credit that homeowners are eligible for when they install a solar system. If a homeowner installs their new solar system in 2019,

Net Metering – How Utilities Pay You For Your Solar Energy

Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid” according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Net Metering is short for Net Energy Metering (NEM). NEM basics: During the day, your solar system generates energy. When you’re away, most of your solar energy

Live in a Home Covered by an HOA? Know your Solar Rights!

The California’s Solar Rights Act was passed in 1978 and it allows Home Owner Associations (HOAs) to impose “reasonable restrictions” on solar systems, however, it prevents HOAs from disallowing solar on homes. In 2014 the act was amended to define the nature of the restrictions that an HOA can impose. Such restrictions can’t:

SunWork Wins Sustainability Award

SunWork was selected by Sustainable San Mateo County to receive a 2017 Sustainability Award for its dedication to addressing sustainability issues. This award recognizes SunWork’s outstanding commitment to bringing sustainable

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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Solar and Electric Vehicles (PV + EV)

Solar and Electric Vehicles (PV + EV)

With a rooftop solar system generating clean energy, and an EV using clean energy, you can enjoy a superb alternative to dirty expensive electricity and dirty expensive transportation at the same time.

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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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