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Franklin Home Power Battery System

The FranklinWH battery is at the forefront of home energy management – an innovative solution we’re excited to offer. Our team is dedicated to...

How Long Do Home Solar Batteries Last

 

What are home solar batteries?

Home solar batteries, also called “solar energy storage systems,” are devices that store excess energy generated by...

Why Install Solar Panels + Solar Batteries?

Solar batteries (also called “home batteries,” “energy storage systems,” “battery backup systems,” and simply “storage”) are becoming more and more...

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP): How Homeowners Save on Solar Batteries in California

There are more solar panels than ever on residential rooftops in California. These homeowners enjoy the benefits of clean, affordable energy...

Solar is Required for Multifamily Housing in California (Title 24)

Many California property owners, businesses, and builders elect to install solar panels and solar energy storage (batteries). This is for a variety...

How the Inflation Reduction Act Impacts Solar in the U.S.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was signed into U.S. federal law on Aug 16, 2022. As its name suggests, it was created to fight inflation by...

What Was the Solar Bill of Rights?

If there’s one that thing most of our government leaders can agree upon, it’s solar energy. Nowhere is that more apparent than in California, where...

My Solar Company Went Out of Business. What Now? (Solar Orphan)

Having a solar energy system installed is exciting and empowering. It contributes to a more sustainable future and results in substantial long-term...

How Roof and Solar Warranties Impact Each Other

You’ve probably heard the mattress advertisements saying you spend one-third of your life in bed, making a quality mattress worth the investment.

A Timeline of PG&E's Rate Increases

If you’re a California homeowner shocked by your recent PG&E electricity bills, you’re not alone.

Nowadays, many homeowners struggle to pay their...

How Solar Increases California Property Values

[Updated 2023]

Solar panels are a long-term investment. When homeowners consider investing in a solar energy system, they often focus on the...

Citadel Roofing and Solar Ranks #9 in the U.S.! Here’s Why.

We are thrilled to rank #9 among the best solar companies in the nation by Solar Power World! This achievement is thanks to our team’s hard work, as...

Should You Size Your Solar Panels for Winter or Summer?

Solar energy systems remain the best way for homeowners to save money on their electricity bills while reducing their home’s carbon footprint. They...

Can I Put Solar on an Old Roof?

Every week, Citadel’s team of roofing experts assess residential roofs to determine if they are in good enough condition for us to ethically install...

Stabilizing Your Home Energy Costs in California’s New Net Metering Environment

“Stabilizing energy costs” and “hedging against inflation” are terms usually associated with business operations and finance. But they apply to your...

How Solar + Storage Works in 2023 California

Times have changed for solar in California in 2023. But putting solar panels atop your roof and turning your home into a mini-power plant that...

THE PG&E HOT ZONE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR SOLAR

Thanks to Brad Heavner, policy director at the California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA), for his input into this article.

Solar panel wattage and STC vs. PTC ratings

Residential solar system size is typically given as the number of panels or, more often, the total wattage of all the panels in the system.

The Pros and Cons of California’s NEM 3.0

The solar industry, clean energy advocates and environmental organizations are reeling from the California Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC)...

WHO’S GOING SOLAR: THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU

Ask three friends what types of people are installing solar on their homes, and you may get three different answers. That’s because the profile of...

CHARGING AN EV WITH SOLAR PANELS

Every time gas prices shoot up, more people ditch their gas-fueled cars and trucks and turn to electric vehicles (EV). Why? Because electricity is...

Smart Home Solar Solutions

With the recent passage of the federal Inflation Reduction Act, which includes substantial incentives for homeowners to become more energy-efficient,...

Solar federal tax credit & NEM 3.0 – Updates, Timeline and Impact

Big news for people considering installing a solar energy system on their homes, for people who recently installed solar on their residential roof or...

How to Size a Solar Electric System

How many solar panels do I need? How big should my solar energy system be?

The Tesla Powerwall: An Overview and Introduction

Solar energy storage systems like the Tesla Powerwall are changing the energy equation for California homeowners, much like the introduction of...

How Solar And Batteries Are Installed

The benefits of installing solar energy and energy storage at your home are clear: lower electric bills, increased independence from the utility, a...

ARE SOLAR ROOFING PRODUCTS READY FOR PRIME TIME?

The experts at Citadel Roofing & Solar have long been bullish about the potential of solar roofing products like shingles and tiles. But the reality...

10 COOL SUMMER HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Hot, sunny summers send some Californians to the surf and sand, but many more of us to the shade of our homes. As we all know too well, keeping our...

CA Solar Changes with Energy Metering 3.0

A major “proceeding” is underway in the halls and conference rooms of California government, which will decrease the financial benefits for...

Why the Hype? Small & Midsize Businesses and Solar

More than one-hundred Fortune 500 companies like Apple, Amazon and Walmart are doing it. Individual homeowners are doing it. So why isn’t your small...

Celebrating 7 Women in Solar

You know how at the Academy Awards and other major awards celebrations, female winners often thank those who came before and paved the way for their...

How COVID-19 Has Increased Solar Demand

The social distancing requirements put in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus sadly have closed many businesses throughout California,...

What’s in Your Solar Energy System?

Solar energy systems don’t get a lot of attention from homeowners and business owners after they’re installed. That’s because they’re so low...

How Cool Roofs Address Climate Change

If you’re having a new roof installed on your California home or business, chances are it will be a “cool roof”—a roof designed to reflect more...

Should I Replace My Roof Before Going Solar?

Many homeowners (and business owners) are fully prepared to install new roofs in conjunction with their solar projects, because they need to or want...

Comparing Energy Storage & Home Generators

If you’re in the market for a product that will provide your home with electricity during power outages, you have two options—a generator or an...

9 Solar Energy Myths Debunked

Residential solar energy is going gangbusters in California, but still there are homeowners who believe the myths and misperceptions about the...

Wildfire Season is Coming: Protect Yourself from Utility Outages

Wildfire season is coming, and parts of California are at a higher risk for more fires than usual, and an earlier start to the season than usual,...

The Environmental & Health Benefits of Solar Energy

People often talk about the many environmental benefits of solar energy for good reason: Solar is one of the easiest and most effective ways for...

How to Pay for Home Solar or Energy Storage

With more homeowners installing solar energy systems and solar energy storage systems every day, it’s safe to assume that for most people, the cost...

Residential Roofing 101

Coronavirus Update: If your roof needs repair or replacement to protect your family and home, contact Citadel Roofing & Solar today. We are still...

Selling The Dream With Solar Power & Solar Storage

Homebuilding contractors make a living by selling the American dream of home ownership. Government leaders in California have decided that the dream...

Remember to Claim Your 2019 Solar Tax Credit

The U.S. government’s extension for filing federal income tax returns has brought a sigh of relief to American citizens and business owners feeling...

A Coronavirus Message from Citadel Roofing & Solar

To our customers, business partners, vendors and friends,Our communities, the state of California and our entire country are in uncharted waters. In...

The Electrification of California Homes: A Glimpse into the Future

A trend is rippling across California, affecting buyers of newly constructed homes in roughly 20 cities and towns already. In the near future, this...

Upselling Solar: How Builders Can Turn a Requirement into a Growth Opportunity

Builder & Developer magazine recently wrote that California’s mandate for all new homes to include solar energy represents “a first step into a brave...

Protecting Communities At Risk and In Need

The holidays are a time of giving, with many people donating their time and resources to end the year on the right foot. Anything that puts more...

The Top 10 Things Homebuilders Should Know About Meeting the California Solar Mandate

If you own, operate or manage a home construction company in California, whether custom or production, your business is affected by a new mandate...

The Allure of Energy Storage in Today's Wildfire-Ravaged Climate

In Part IV of its excellent Countdown to 2020 series about California’s new solar mandate for home construction professionals, Solar Builder magazine...

Understanding Common Solar Installation Problems

Far too often, California homeowners experience property damage caused by the installation of their solar energy systems. We know, because here at ...

Beginner’s Guide to Solar Energy Storage Systems

Homeowners and homebuilders choosing Citadel Roofing & Solar for their solar energy system installations can now easily add residential solar energy ...

What Homebuilders Need to Know About the Solar Mandate

More than 2,400 homes were built in Sacramento last year. That’s more than any California city north of Los Angeles, according to the California...

Citadel Roofing & Solar and Sunrun Partner to Bring Solar and Roofing Solutions to California’s New Homebuyers

Alliance enables Citadel to offer Sunrun’s market-leading solar service solutions to California’s homebuilders

Citadel Roofing & Solar Appoints New EVP of Solar

We probably don’t talk enough about the high quality of the Citadel team. But if you’re a homeowner, business owner, developer or homebuilding...

Q&A: California Requires Solar on New Homes

California’s new requirement that homes built after January 1, 2020 must have solar energy systems on their roofs is causing some confusion among...

How to Interpret Online Reviews When Shopping for Solar

Chances are, you’ve browsed consumer reviews on the Internet when shopping for a product or service: a hairdresser, a restaurant, or a home...

The Top 15 Things to Look For in a Solar Provider – Part 2

Part 2 of our checklist for choosing a solar provider focuses on deciding which proposal, and which solar installation company, is the best fit for...

The Top 15 Things to Look For in a Solar Provider – Part 1

When it comes to hiring the best solar provider to install solar panels on your home, the sheer number of choices out there can be overwhelming. But...

How To Tell If Your Roof Works For Solar

Our last post, How to Tell If Solar Energy is Right for You, provided guidance on how to decide if solar is a good fit for you personally. Today, we...

How To Tell If Solar Energy Is Right For You

Some people want solar energy on their homes because their neighbors have it. Others (like some grandmothers we know) say, “Would you jump off a...

Welcome to the Citadel Roofing & Solar Blog

In keeping with our no-pressure, educational approach to selling and installing solar, we are pleased to introduce our new Citadel Roofing & Solar ...

How PG&E Bankruptcy Affects Electricity Customers

PG&E Corporation, which owns Pacific Gas & Electric, filed for bankruptcy on January 29, 2019, as youve probably heard. Opinions on the impacts of...

The State of Solar in the State of California

We Californians rightly take pride in our state’s environmental leadership. Our government leaders decided years ago to take the climate change bull...

Uncle Sam Wants You to Go Solar

It’s not often the U.S. government offers you a gift, but thats exactly what they’ll do if you install a solar energy system on your property. The...

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