Learn the Basics of Solar at altE's 9th Annual Solar Installer Conference

The 9th annual altE Solar Installer Conference is just over a month away, and this year's conference will feature an optional day of training for both solar professionals and first time installers/DIY-ers the day before the two-day conference. Whether you need to learn the basics of solar or gain NABCEP training hours, these courses...

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altE Powers Holiday Lights at the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse

After an underwater power cable failed in September 2019, the 20-year tradition of lighting the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse in Upstate New York with holiday lights was in doubt. While the lighthouse's navigation light was unaffected (it is powered by an existing PV system the Coast Guard had installed years ago), power for the decorative holiday lights needed a new source...

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How to Keep Solar Batteries Warm in Winter

Sunlight doesn't just power your solar panels - it heats your batteries. With fewer hours of sunlight per day, winter is the time of year when it's most important to make sure your deep cycle batteries are working efficiently. Unfortunately for those of us in the northern U.S. and Canada, winter can bring extreme cold, creating the worst environmental conditions for those deep-cycle batteries...

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How to Prepare for the Next PG&E Blackout

After PG&E's announcement that planned blackouts like October's historic power outage are going to continue for 10 more years, it's fair for all Californians to wonder how reliable their utility power is, and what affordable options there are to prepare for the next PG&E blackout...

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How Solar Panels Can Enable Senior Citizens

Solar energy is not the reserve of the young or technologically minded. Cheaper than ever, and relatively simple, it instead is there for all age brackets. Find out why seniors, more than others, could well stand to benefit over and above their friends and relatives in other age groups.

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Choosing the Right Renewable Energy Source for Your Home

There are many forms of viable renewable energy sources, and picking the one or two that best suit the needs of your home is key to maximizing cost-effectiveness and efficiency. Here are the different types of renewable energies used domestically along with their advantages and limitations to help you make an informed decision.

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