The Energy Show

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

Best Ways to Heat Hot Water for your Home

 We’re talking about hot water this week. No — I’m not in trouble with my local utility again -- just discussing the best ways to heat water for your home. Our focus is on domestic hot water (DHW). This is hot water that you use for your kitchen, bathing and...

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Gigawatt Scale Solar Installations

 We often talk about smaller solar power systems on homes or commercial buildings. On this week’s Energy Show we are discussing gigawatt-scale solar installations. The logic is simple: solar panels are getting cheaper and installation costs are declining. At the same...

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Regional Energy Policy Leadership with Tim McRae

Laws and regulations have a tremendous influence on our energy use. The price of electricity, taxes on gas, regulations on building and appliance efficiency, costs for mass transit, highway tolls — all these costs of daily life are dictated by policies created by...

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What are Microgrids?

 We call our power system an electric “grid” because it is composed of a network of wires that move the power around from node to node – basically a combination of power sources (natural gas power plants, solar farms, nukes), wires (long distance...

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What Do You Do When Your Solar Inverter Dies?

 We’ve been installing rooftop solar panels and solar inverters for almost 20 years. Solar panels are incredibly reliable – guaranteed for 25 years with an expected life of over 30. But solar inverters (the box of electronics that converts DC solar power to AC...

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Solar and Storage in Hawaii with Marco Mangelsdorf

 Solar is clean and renewable and cheap. So more solar is better for everyone…except your local utility. Keep in mind that utilities generate their profits from selling electricity and building generation, transmission and distribution assets. When electricity...

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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 and commercial solar and energy storage 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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