Homeowners or tenants in HOAs, apartment dwellers and condo owners are often discouraged from energy upgrades like solar panels, Plug-In Vehicle charging, LED lighting and energy storage. With a little research, anyone can take steps towards energy independence.
Thank you everyone, for attending North County Climate Change Alliance's "What to Know About Plug-In Vehicles" presentation at Vista Library! It was an honor for me to have all of you as my audience and I hope you enjoy my presentation as well as the wonderful Plug-In Vehicles we brought.
Our Changing Climate Series
Presentation by Charlie Q Johnson
Thursday, July 11th 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Vista Library 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista, CA 92084
To tell my grandparents that I’ve fallen in love with a countryman, might send them into a panic. Today, spending time with a countryman is more desirable than ever before, because of the cute and cuddly Plug-In MINI Cooper S E Countryman All4.
Attendees packed the room for the San Diego 350.org chapter seeking volunteers ready to tackle climate change with direct action! You are welcome to become a part of the movement for a Green New Deal that aims to rebuild America and fulfill our nation's promise, by creating jobs and restoring our moral compass, with integrity, for the health of the environment and the common good.
When Ferdinand Piëch was in charge of Volkswagen, the company was an empire in the automotive industry. Their ambition and pursuit of engineering perfection was beyond the world’s imagination. Times, however, have changed.
My first impression of Rivian is that it is not a particularly beautiful and elegant design. Its stadium-shaped headlights and the daytime running light bar form a striking expression that you cannot forget. The front grill looks like a face with the eyes and nose flipped upside down. Who would give a car a face like that?
We use only the highest efficiency and highest quality LG 335w - 400w and Panasonic 325w-335w modules.
The difference between the highest quality and the lowest quality modules is a few pennies per watt in system cost, but the difference in utility cost savings is much greater over time. Why would you want anything but the best?
The solar industry is in extreme competition with narrow margins. Companies cut corners in workmanship quality and balance of system, to match lowest bids, while salespeople oversize systems to maximize commissions. Whether you buy too much, or compromise the waterproofing to get to the lowest cost/watt, either way, you're all wet. Makello has a better way.
Below are 4 topics to teach you how unethical solar installers can cut-corners where the homeowner and the permit inspector won't see it, in order to lower the bid price.
Poor quality installation techniques can only save money in the short term. Eventually, the home repairs for potential water leak damage will outweigh any cost savings.
How does a homeowner build superior quality workmanship into the solar panel bidding process, to protect the home from the risk of water leak, accidental injury, electrical shock and fire hazards?
Makello documents the site survey and installation techniques with step by step photos and videos. Proof of quality workmanship is a "Buyer's Right".
Can you name any electrical appliance, other than solar panels, that can work uninterrupted, for 30 years or longer?
Long term power production and cost savings is only part of the bigger picture. For example, how much do you save with solar if a poor quality installation causes a roof leak?
I first saw Wipomo at the Triton Career fair, where their colorful booth, binders full of pictures of the work they’ve done, and my would-be boss’s passionate pitch immediately captured my attention and made me want to work there.
I first heard about Wipomo from a friend who was attending the UCSD Spring Job Fair. At the time, I was a fresh graduate in Environmental Engineering from UC Davis exploring companies that were as passionate about renewable energy as I was. From my friend’s vivid explanation of Wipomo’s job booth, displaying their countless solar installations and home energy improvements, I knew this was one opportunity I couldn’t miss out on.
Recently, upon arrival at a customer's home in Valley Center, I declared I knew of a solution to his $24,000/year electric bill, that costs less than $2,000, and wouldn't require trenching, electric panel upgrades or a SDGE service upgrade.
Judging by his reaction, I knew we had something big...
Wipomo's Mobile Energy Ecosystem provided off-grid solar power to the Food Truck vendors at the Qualcomm Stadium Swap Meet, while the crowds of visitors enjoyed their meals without the noisy gas generator emissions.
Have you noticed that there is a very large variance in the quotes you get from competing solar companies? I did! When I was shopping for the best solar deal to fit my household, I was shocked to find as much as a $10,000 difference in quotes. That struck me as shady! And shade is not what you want to find in solar!
If you are looking to eliminate your electric bill with a solar photovoltaic system, the first step is energy efficiency, to reduce the up front acquisition costs. For every $1 spent on LEDs to replace incandescent lamps, the installed cost of the solar system is reduced by approximately $7, and for Fluorescent replacements it's about $2.
These are short 5 question, 1-2 minute surveys about what you think of solar photovoltaics, electric vehicles (including plug-in hybrids) and other technologies or concepts related to the Wipomo Energy Ecosystem.