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US Solar Movement Hits 1 Million Milestone!

The adoption of solar energy in America has reached a new height of 1 million installations nationwide. This milestone is the product of American innovation and ingenuity. It is the result of consumers, policy leaders, advocates and an industry of over 200,000 workers who have all helped make the nation’s clean energy revolution a reality. 

During the week of May 3rd, solar advocates and allies across the country will be celebrating this incredible achievement by hosting events and...

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Rogue Valley Earth Day 2016!

2015 Sponsors

This year True South Solar was a sponsor of the Rogue Valley Earth Day. Thanks to everyone who came out to visit us; it's always so much fun!

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We are now installing the SunPower Equinox Solar System

Integrated design, unmatched performance. 

Purposeful design, unmatched performance

The SunPower Equinox platform is a testament to our design philosophy - when technology is designed to work together, it works better. No other System is designed and engineered by one company. From solar cell to softwarem, SunPower Equinox systems generate more power, are more reliable, and look better than conventional home solar power systems. 

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Oregon utilities endorse bill to end coal use by 2030, boost RPS to 50% by 2040

Dive Brief:

  • After weeks of negotiations, Oregon utilities have agreed to back a bill that would phase out coal-fired generation by 2030 and boost the state's renewable energy standards to 50% by 2040, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. 
  • The legislation applies to two of the investor-owned utilities in Oregon — Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power —...
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Solar Jobs Continue to Outpace US Economy

The US solar industry added more than 35,000 jobs in 2015, growing the workforce by more than 20 percent for the third year in a row.
January 12, 2016
By Jennifer Runyon 
Chief Editor Renewable Energy World

Coming on the heels of the celebration–inducing 5-year extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC), today jobs numbers were released by nonprofit organization, The Solar Foundation (TSF).

The six annual National Solar...

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Paris climate deal joins over 190 countries in a unanimous voice of change

The article below summarizes the major details of the historic agreement between 195 countries to address climate change.  Not a single country denied the existence of climate change as well as the need to do something about it!

The original article can be viewed here:

The Paris climate deal: What's in it and what does it mean?

A clean energy insider on how to make sense of what happened in Paris

By Dan Delurey | December 14, 2015 

Editor’s Note: As national leaders met in...

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Solar Vocab — True South

Magnetic south is where the white needle automatically points on your compass. True South is our reference point for perfect solar orientation, and it changes depending on where you’re on the planet. To find True South in Southern Oregon adjust your compass 18° E of magnetic South. Orienting a solar array True South gains you a couple of efficiency points and gets you perfectly aligned with the sun.

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SPS — Secure Power Supply

Grid-tied solar electric systems with a secure power supply (SPS) provide up to 1500 watts of emergency back-up power when the grid goes down. The 120 volt AC outlets provide power when the sun is shining for most household appliances including refrigerators, freezers, electronics, etc. This handy little feature allows users to enjoy the benefits of solar even during a power outage; without all the additional expense of a backup battery bank. Learn more through Sunny Boy’s tutorial...

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The Grimes Barlow Family's 10.14 kW System

Tiffany and Dade’s new solar electric system falls in line with their values and lifestyle. Their family already grows some food, and lives in an all electric home; now they make most of their own electricity. The 10 KW Sunpower system fits like a glove on their South facing roof and will off set about 80% of their electricity. Solar’s been a dream of theirs for a long time and the perfect storm of lower prices and generous tax credits and incentives helped make it come true. We’re...

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Get to Know Ry Heller, Lead Installer

Q: What’s your role on the TSS team?
I’m the system designer and crew leader.

Q: Is it true you’re a local native?
I am, born and raised in Takilma and Ashland.

Q: What career steps did you take to get where you’re at today?
My first step was in construction, general house building. During that time there was a lot of development in green building. I saw an ad for the Renewable Energy program at Lane Community College and signed up. After I graduated I landed a job for a local...

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