Oakland Residential Solar Rooftop Contractor Named a World Leader

Oakland Residential Solar Rooftop Contractor Named a World Leader

Save a Lot Solar placed in 2014 Top 400 Solar Contractors Rankings


Solar Power World, the industry’s trusted leader in research and information has released their annual list of the Top Solar Contractors. This list looks at a variety of factors that influence the solar market for the previous year, and ranks them based on the total megawatts installed in 2013 (or lifetime total megawatts, in the case of a tie). Local contractor, Save a Lot Solar, has been placed on this list at #381, with 0.078 megawatts installed in 2013, and a lifetime 0.428 megawatts installed. Continue reading

Solar Photovoltaic Systems Lead to Lower Electric Bills

sunpower_mainFalling solar energy costs and its increasingly competitive pricing just may be affecting the future of the local tiered electric services, even investor owned electric utilities like Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) that service most of northern California. Thanks to today’s Solar Photovoltaic systems, customers have the opportunity to decide if they want to continue paying high tiered electric bills, or to go solar, taking advantage of significant savings. Continue reading

5 Reasons Save a Lot Solar only installs Enphase Micro Inverters


  1. Enphase micro inverters are safer, since they do not involve high Direct Current Voltage. Enphase micro inverters convert 24 volt DC to two circuits of 120 volt AC right under the solar panel. Hi DC Current Voltage can arc if the circuit is broken, and if broken will create an extreme temperature when it arcs. That is why they call it arc welding. Do you ever want an arc welder on your roof? AC does not arc if the circuit is broken.
  2. Enphase micro inverters are more efficient, one inverter per solar panel. This means that each panel is working at its peak efficiency at all times, not affected by anything happening to the other solar panels and inverters. In addition, it means that the system is easily expanded. If you need more energy, we add as many panels as needed, wherever it is sunny, like when you get an electric car.
  3. Enphase Inverters come with a free web based monitoring system, you never have to wonder if your system is working. String inverter manufacturers charge for their monitoring system, if one is available at all. The Enphase web based monitoring system comes with a personal web site to review the current output and detailed history of your systems production. If something is not working properly both you and your installer receive an alert via email. No waiting for your electric bill to see if the system is working well.
  4. Enphase Inverters work independently, not affected by the other inverters and solar panels. String inverters string one panel to the next in a series DC connection. If one solar panel is not working or working badly, it affects all of the other solar panels connected to it. Have you heard of Christmas tree lights connected in series? One goes out and they all go out. Good luck figuring out which one is not working. The Enphase monitoring system not only lets you know if something goes wrong, it also lets you know where the problem is.
  5. Enphase inverters come with a 25 year Warranty, not the ten year warranty most other inverters are limited to. The production of your solar panels is warrantied for 25 years. Shouldn’t your whole system be warrantied for the same time period? String inverters are warrantied for ten years. In the warranty period of an Enphase inverter, you will have to replace your string inverter two times, which is a considerable hidden cost someone selling you a string inverter does not want to discuss.

These are the reasons Save a Lot Solar only installs Enphase micro inverters at the same cost as string inverters. We sell nothing but the best equipment at the best price with the best customer service.

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Boost Your Home’s Resale Price, Install Solar Panels

solarThere exists a handful of factors that drive the price of a home up and down. The price swing is based on the influential role each factor plays. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted a study based on the effects of photovoltaic (PV) energy systems on home sales prices in California. Their research brought to their attention that there exists a mutual understanding between buyers and sellers on the real estate market over the value of each factor and how it affects the home sales price. Continue reading

The New Trend In Solar Energy

UntitledThe golden state of California ranked first in solar energy output in the United States in 2013, producing 2745.8 MW. It has never been a secret that Californian’s love soaking up the sun. Recently, however, they have been doing so from within the comfort of their own homes. Continue reading

CA State Solar Bill: AB 327

California Solar Power Changes

A complex and controversial bill, AB 327, recently passed the California State senate.

bay area home solar installationThe implications of this law — both for professional solar providers and for consumers who want solar power for the home — could be profound. On September 9, the Senate voted 33-5 to approve the measure, which addresses electricity rate reform and solar net metering. Continue reading

White House Solar Installs Solar Panels

How Solar Panel Installation Will Pay for Itself

The solar panel installation experts and renewable energy enthusiasts at Save a Lot Solar were inspired to learn that the Obama administration has begun to put up American-made solar panels at the White House.

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Photovoltaic Solar Panel System: The Basics

Whether you’re just beginning your foray into residential solar power research, or you’re on the verge of purchasing a solution (and finally getting that solar energy rebate!), you’re probably confused about how photovoltaic solar panel systems operate and what they can do for your home and energy bill. Continue reading

How Long Will My Solar Roof Last?

Is A Bay Area Home Solar Installation Right For You?

You’re toying with the idea of installing solar panels on your roof to finally “bite the bullet” and get off the grid.

You love the idea of protecting the environment, lowering your energy bill, improving the resale value of your home, and potentially qualifying for rebates from the government for going solar. On the other hand, you want to ensure that your investment lasts. Continue reading