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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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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.

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

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.

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,

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.

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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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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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