The Energy Show

Listen to our weekly podcasts providing practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption.

Home Backup Power System Primer

Look around your home. Your land line phone, fireplace and pilot lights (on stoves and hot water heaters) are likely gone. Our reliance on electrical power has increased significantly over the past 20 years. So when there is a power failure, we have no communications,...

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Solar Tariffs Increasing Solar Panel Prices

The solar industry is likely headed into a recession. Solar tariffs that will double the price of panels are almost inevitable -- and President Trump is going to make the final tariff decision. The President’s positioning on this issue does not bode well for the solar...

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Solar Incentives – Don’t Miss the 2017 Solar Tax Credit

We usually discuss the topic of filing for the 30% Solar Tax Credit in January or February. That’s when most people who just installed solar in the previous year are getting ready to file their taxes. But by 2018 it will be too late to qualify for the 2017 tax credit....

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SolarEdge Battery Storage System Review

For the past 15 years I’ve been skeptical about the market for grid-tied home solar systems equipped with battery backup capabilities. 15+ years ago I regularly installed solar-inverter systems with lead acid batteries. Unfortunately, these systems required much more...

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Designing a Reliable Electric Grid

Over the past few months we’ve experienced a solar eclipse, several devastating hurricanes, another under-construction nuclear plant shutdown, and a backwards-looking Department of Energy Grid Reliability study. The performance of our electric grid during the eclipse...

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Which solar panels are best?

Here’s a solar industry secret: all solar panels generate the same amount of electricity on a per watt basis. In other words, twenty 300 watt panels will generate exactly the same amount of electricity as twenty-five 240 watt panels. Indeed, there are objective...

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The Solar Eclipse Is Increasing Solar Prices

Millions of Americans were using cereal boxes, telescopes, and flimsy plastic solar viewing glasses to witness the Solar Eclipse on August 21. But for workers in the solar industry -- as well as homeowners and businesses who are considering rooftop solar – an eclipse...

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About The Energy Show

Barry Cinnamon has been blogging about the Solar Industry since 2007.

Barry hosts The Energy Show, a weekly 30 minute talk show that runs every Saturday at 1:30 PM and Sunday at 8:30 AM on KDOW Radio AM in San Jose California, and the Renewable Energy World Network.

Every week Barry provides practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption.

Barry Cinnamon heads up Cinnamon Solar (a San Jose residential C-46 solar contractor) and Spice Solar (suppliers of built-in solar racking technology). After 10,000+ installations at Akeena Solar and Westinghouse Solar, he's developed a pretty good perspective on the real-world economics of rooftop solar -- as well as the best products and services for homeowners, manufacturers and installers. His rooftop tinkering led to the development of integrated racking (released in 2007), AC solar modules (released in 2009), and Spice Solar (the fastest way to install rooftop solar modules).

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