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The Myth of Whole House Battery Backup

The Myth of Whole House Battery Backup

 Will batteries keep your AC cranking and electric vehicle charged up during an extended blackout? Probably not. We like to believe the myth of whole house battery backup or the notion that our 21st century lifestyle will continue unabated despite fire hell or high...

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SolarEdge-Perspective for a Distributed Grid

SolarEdge-Perspective for a Distributed Grid

 People talk about solar panels and batteries a lot (at least the people I talk to). The reasons are that solar panels are conspicuous on rooftops — and batteries are what keep the lights on during increasingly frequent blackouts. But the real brains of a solar and...

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A Millennial’s Perspective on the Green New Deal

A Millennial’s Perspective on the Green New Deal

 The Green New Deal is getting a lot more attention as we get into the 2020 Presidential election. The Green New Deal is a set of proposed economic stimulus programs in the United States with a goal of addressing climate change and economic inequality. The green...

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Solar Tracker Systems with Alex Au

Solar Tracker Systems with Alex Au

 Whether it’s a residential, commercial or utility solar project, contractors strive to install systems that generate the most energy at the lowest lifecycle cost. Solar panels operate at their peak output when the sun is perpendicular to the panel. So for maximum...

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New Battery Storage Systems

New Battery Storage Systems

The 16th annual Solar Power International show was held this October in Salt Lake City. It’s been quite a growth story since the first show in 2004 in San Francisco, which was held in what is now just a lobby of a downtown skyscraper. Not only has the industry grown,...

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What’s a Watt – Energy & Power Explained

What’s a Watt – Energy & Power Explained

 On this week's The Energy Show, we’re talking about energy — duh. And power. Not just because we’re short on both energy and power. But because solar and battery customers need to understand these properties so they can properly size and operate their systems. This...

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How Do I Interpret My PG&E Electric Bill?

How Do I Interpret My PG&E Electric Bill?

 Hold onto your seats because this is going to be the most exciting Energy Show I've ever done. This week we are talking about … DRUMROLL … your PG&E electric bill. Modern utility bills are a masterwork of corporate obfuscation (Wikipedia: the obscuring of the...

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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 on KDOW Radio AM in San Jose California.

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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