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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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How Much Does Solar Increase the Value of my Home?


You might have guessed that solar adds to your home’s resale value; but how much? What’s the best bang for your buck? 

A recent real estate study by Lawrence Berkley Labs clearly shows the incredible return on your investment in solar. “Selling into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes” found that: “home buyers are consistently willing to pay PV home premiums across various states, housing and PV markets, and home types; average premiums...

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City of Ashland Electric Rate Increase

The City Council has approved a rate increase effective July 1, 2015. Rates will increase for Electric 4.5%, Storm Drain 2.8%, Street User 2.8%, Sewer 10%, and Water 10%. The estimated monthly impact on a residential utility account using 750 kwh and 1,000 cubic feet of water would be $11.62 or a 6.95% increase. This will require most customers’ bills to be prorated with a portion of the billing period at the old rate, and the remainder of the period at the new rate. Please see the table...

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