Important Solar Bill Signed by Gov. Brown

By |October 10th, 2013|

Brown vows to protect existing solar customers while creating an unlimited solar market to meet
California’s growing need for clean energy

October 7, 2013

Sacramento   – AB 327 (Perea) was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. In  signing the bill, the governor issued a rare statement clarifying that he expects AB 327 to protect existing solar customers while continuing to encourage more consumers to invest in rooftop solar through continued robust incentives for renewable energy.

“California is once again making history and setting a new bar for solar power,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of CALSEIA (California   Solar Energy Industries Association). “With this law, Governor Brown paving the way for truly capturing the vast potential of solar power in California.”

AB 327 (Perea) began 2013 legislative session, largely under the radar, as a residential rate reform bill. After significant amendments driven by Governor Brown’s office late in the session, AB 327 was passed by the California […]

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Republican Senator Praises Solar, Warns of Human-Caused Climate Change

By |June 5th, 2013|

Does Senator Lamar Alexander’s energy speech mark a shift in GOP tone?

In a speech at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) lauded distributed solar power, called for more R&D funding of clean technologies, and warned that humans are causing climate change.

The speech was a notable departure from recent GOP rhetoric on clean energy, which has been largely focused on playing up a handful of high-profile bankruptcies and questioning the validity of climate science.

Senator Alexander plays an influential role in Washington when it comes to energy policy. As the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, he helps guide how the Department of Energy is funded. The Senator is a major proponent of R&D spending on both cleantech and fossil fuels. He is also very outspoken about energy tax subsidies and commonly uses the term “big wind” in his efforts to repeal the production tax […]

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The Army, Navy and Air Force Go Solar

By |May 30th, 2013|

(Solar Electrical Systems is proud to have helped the military reach its renewable energy goals.  SES installed 2 solar carports at the Los Angeles Air Force Base that provide 360kW of power, and provide shade for over 200 cars.  Check out our video of the project at

From the battlefield to stateside bases, the U.S. military has proven that solar is reliable.

The Army, Navy and Air Force are using more than 130 megawatts of solar for everything from powering remote special operations to air conditioning and lighting for U.S. base residences. And the forces intend to keep building toward 3 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2025 as part of a much bigger Department of Defense (DOD) commitment.


While detractors were declaring solar too intermittent to be reliable at home, U.S. Marines were successfully relying on it at battlefield sites in the Khyber Pass, according to Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. […]

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Solar Pool Heating – Swimming in March with No Heating Bill

By |April 26th, 2013|

by Lauren Dansey

We couldn’t be more pleased with our solar pool heating system.  We have been swimming since late March, and the pool has been 85 to 90 degrees without turning on the gas heater.  But there are some good reasons why we’ve been able to maintain that temperature.

The solar pool heating system heats up the pool during the day, but that heat will be lost at night if you don’t use a pool cover.  As you can see from the picture, we cut the bubble cover we got when we built the pool to fit the pool almost exactly.  We also bought a pool cover reel to make it easy to put the cover on and off.  Without the reel, I think the cover would be too difficult to deal with.  Now, it’s one man (or woman) job to put the cover on or off.

We usually end up swimming […]

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Solar Heating for the Pool – Working Great

By |September 27th, 2012|

by Lauren Dansey

The final installation for our two solar pool heating systems was completed last week, and we couldn’t be happier with the performance.  We installed two systems, a rooftop system (the dark panels below the solar electrical panels on our roof), and an in-deck pool heating system (underneath the concrete around the pool.)  The system begins to pump warm water into the pool as early as 8am, and continues until late in the afternoon. (We do have an ideal south-facing roof.)  We set the desired temperature, and a separate pump operates whenever the water in the solar panels is hotter than the pool temperature.  It shuts off when the desired temperature is reached.  The system pumps out an amazing amount of hot water — the kids are getting exercise by positioning themselves where the water comes into the pool and swimming against the current.

The in-deck pool heating system has […]

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Clinton to Solar, “You Represent the Future” and “You Will Prevail”

By |September 13th, 2012|

He has only 308 solar panels on the roof of his presidential library, former President Bill Clinton announced at the opening of his Solar Power International 2012 keynote, and he is taking bids to drastically expand. “So if anybody wants in, send me an email.”
He then picked up the subject of creative cooperation he talked about at the Democratic National Convention.
To build “energy that is good economics, saves the planet from the worst consequences of climate change and promotes the national security of every country that is committed to clean, self-sustaining energy, you have to have cooperation between government and the private sector,” he said. “The constant mud fight, fact-free environment in which American politics often operates is counterproductive.”
He told a story about a minister who, during a sermon, excitedly told everybody in the congregation who wanted to go to heaven to stand up. Everybody but one little old lady […]

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Solar Electrical Systems Completes Two Solar Installations for Multi-Tenant Complexes

By |August 20th, 2012|

by Lauren Dansey

Solar Electrical Systems of Westlake Village, CA, has completed solar carport installations for two 500-unit apartment complexes in the area, eliminating their $2,000 monthly electric bills.
 New carports totaling 75kW were installed at the Biltmore Apartments in Thousand Oaks, CA.  New carport structures were built, taking advantage of the 30% federal tax credit for the solar electrical system, carports, new lighting and paving, and new electrical systems.  In fact, rebates and tax incentives paid for 85% of the project.  The solar electrical system will save the owners over $4 million over the system’s lifetime, and also improve parking, security, and storage on the property.
 At Oakview Apartments in Westlake Village, CA, 53kW of solar panels were mounted on existing carport structures.  Leaky roofs on the structures were removed and replaced with new roofs when the solar system was installed, again taking advantage of the 30% federal tax credit, with rebates […]

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Solar Heating for the Pool – Concrete is poured and pool is finished.

By |August 8th, 2012|

by Lauren Dansey

As the next step in our in-deck solar pool heating adventure, concrete was poured over the solar heating tubes.  When the concrete was poured, workers made sure that the tubes were approximately 2″ below the concrete surface.  This maximizes the heat that is transferred to the tubes, without the possibility of the tubes showing in the concrete.

To the right is the finished pool and deck.  The concrete gets very hot in the direct sun, so we’re looking forward to turning on the solar.  We can’t turn the heat or solar heating on until a  month has passed so the pool surface can cure, but the temperature without heating is a very comfortable 85 degrees.  The rooftop pool solar and in-deck solar heating will allow us to extend our swim season year-round, without increasing our utility bill.  I’ll bring you an update when the solar is turned on and […]

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Solar Heating for the Pool – Solar Tubing is Placed

By |July 11th, 2012|

By Lauren Dansey

The installation of our in-deck solar heating system is progressing.  The forms for the concrete were put in place, and then solar tubing was coiled where the cement will be poured.  As you can see from the pictures, as much tubing was put into the cement forms as possible.  The tubing should be about 2″ below the finished surface.  Darker deck surfaces work better for better heat absorption.

Deck coverage should be about 200 percent of the pool surface area, but we’re just putting in a small system to augment the Heliocol solar pool heating system that will go on the roof. 

In-deck solar pool heating is appropriate for pool decks, tennis courts, driveways and sport courts.  It will also cool your deck or tennis court when the cool water is pumped through the tubing.

Call us for more information on in-deck solar pool heating, rooftop solar pool heating, solar electricity, […]

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Solar Heating for the Pool – the Adventure Begins

By |June 27th, 2012|

By Lauren Dansey

At our home in Westlake Village, we power our home with a dual solar electrical system.  A 9.2kW Kyocera system is on the roof, and we also have a 3.2kW patio cover system.  Because of these two systems, we don’t pay an electric bill, and when we recently decided to put in a pool, we were concerned about the added cost each month to heat it.  Our home, our car, and our business are all  powered by solar, so we thought it was only natural to heat our pool with it.
We have a small yard, so we’re only putting about 100 square feet of concrete around the pool, but we decided to put in a small in-deck pool heating system.  Tubes are put into the concrete when it’s poured, and water is circulated through the tubes.  When the cement heats up, it heats up the water, and that […]

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