1. PG&E energy rates are set to rise… again

    With PG&E rates on the rise, California customers can expect higher monthly gas and electricity costs in the coming months. The first big increase in residential natural gas rates kicked in on August 1, and higher gas bills rolled out to customers throughout the month. Prior to the initial rate increase, the average monthly bill for a residential customer totaled $145.36. Once all of the propo…Read More

  2. Meet Robin, our Install Administrator

    The team at West Coast Solar is committed to making solar simple, and our staff support helps us meet our goals. Today we would like to introduce you to Robin Murray, our install administrator. Robin joined us in early 2016 and her typical day includes scheduling system installations in Brentwood and Sacramento and uploading documents and photos of each installation. Her favorite aspect of the job…Read More

  3. Net Energy Metering 1.0 is set to expire

    If you are considering solar for your home, you’ll want to maximize the rate of return on your investment with the best solar savings in the state. California’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) solar incentive program allows solar customers to sell their excess clean energy into the grid in exchange for credits. Under NEM, the customer’s electric meter tracks the amount of energy consumed by the cu…Read More

  4. Meet Patrick, Lead Site Technician

    We are proud to have some of the best staff in Northern California working with us at West Coast Solar to make solar simple. Today we would like to introduce you to our lead site technician, Patrick Loosi. Patrick has worked with us for two years and primarily surveys houses and commercial properties. His typical work day includes visiting client sites to take photos, measurements, and sun reading…Read More

  5. Why should you go solar?

    The benefits of installing solar on your property are wide ranging, from lowering/eliminating energy bills and increasing property values to helping improve the environment. Lower your electric bills and lock in energy costs When you begin to generate your own solar power, your monthly electricity bill can drop significantly. When you switch to solar power, you lock in low, predictable electricity…Read More

  6. Trustworthy technology that’s only getting better

    While the science to convert sunlight directly into electricity has been around for decades, in recent years both the technology and economics have improved and systems are becoming mainstream. Solar is now cost competitive with conventional energy — without contributing to pollution or global warming. How does Solar work? Solar panels are made up of solar cells that convert sunlight to electric…Read More

  7. The world’s first solar airport no longer pays for electricity

    Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands. Three years ago, they began adding solar panels -- first on the roof of the arrivals terminal, then on and around an aircraft hangar. The success of those initial efforts led to a much bigger endeavor. "We wanted to be independent of the electricity utility grid,"…Read More

  8. Top Ways to Save Money and Go Green

    With each passing day, people are beginning to focus more and more on the environment. Climate change presses some serious concerns, and individuals are hoping to lessen their impact on the world by changing some of their energy sources to a more renewable energy option. If you are looking for the top ways to save the environment through your own energy use (or just to save money), we have compile…Read More

  9. Is Commercial Solar Power a Wise Investment?

    Those of you who own a business know how tricky it can be to keep things up and running. There are bills to pay customers, to keep happy, and employees to care for. The last thing you are probably worrying about is solar power. However, if you have noticed some of the top companies making the switch to solar, perhaps this way of powering your business has caught your attention. If you think that g…Read More