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Solar Power World Editors Volunteer on SunWork East Bay Project

Solar Power World interviewed SunWork in October for a podcast. They were so interested in the SunWork model that all three editors, Kathie Zipp, Kelly Pickerel and Kelsey Misbrener traveled to the Bay Area from Ohio to volunteer on a 5.2 kW solar system for an East Bay home owner in December.

Solar Tariff Explained

On February 7, 2018, a 30% tariff took effect on imported solar panels to the US from all countries. The stated reason for the tariff was to address the harm to American panel manufacturers caused by imports of cheap panels. Many solar advocates and organizations say this will not bring back manufacturing, will slow US solar growth, and will cost solar jobs overall.

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.

Electrification of Home Heating/Cooling

Heating and cooling your house is one of those things you don’t think much about until the temperature starts to dip in the winter months or peak in the summer months.

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.

Battery Backup

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

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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.

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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.

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