Updated: Dec 22, 2021
1. TIME FOR A CLEANING
Due to the wildfires throughout the Central Valley of California as well as harvest going on, we've noticed the overall production on solar has been a little lower than usual. Here at Barrier, we encourage people to clean their solar panels about 2 times a month or be on a regular schedule. This is something to be aware of depending on what area of the valley you are in, due to the wildfires happening. If you are noticing a lower output from your solar system right now, it is not out of the ordinary.
2. RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS
Anybody that has a solar system with over 300 kw, has the ability to sell their renewable energy credits to a 3rd party. You would still be getting credit from PG&E on your bill like usual, but you would be able to sell these renewable energy credits to a 3rd party who would then essentially claim them as their own. It gives big corporations and other businesses the ability to say a certain percentage of their power is green energy. The only thing it would take to sell these renewable energy credits is a revenue grand meter that would have the ability to record the power that is being produced so it can be gauged correctly.
Not many people are aware of the water efficiency grants that the state offers. The SWEEP Grant (State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program) for example is the most common grant and has been around since 2014. You can qualify for any type of water efficiency or electricity efficiency product such as drip systems, solar systems, lighting, etc. There are a list of things you can qualify for under this grant. The process to getting the grant isn't the easiest, but it's free money that you can potentially qualify for. Not a lot of people know about this and should be using it - it's a no brainer!