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Solar power and green energy have become so important to our economy and vital to our economy and budgets, we've added this section to our website.  Here we will tell you about developments in solar power, wind power and other forms of green power, and we will tell you about the companies offering these green power systems and companies that are using green power systems.  We will also tell you about the newest green systems that will help you save energy and save power at your home and business.


Update November 25, 2015  You've probably seen advertisements from many companies that want to lease a solar power system to you and they promote low up-front costs and low maintenance costs with a solar lease program. While there are benefits from a lease, Collins Solar Solutions says when you own your own solar power equipment there are even greater benefits including cash savings on your taxes and rebates from utilities that can dramatically add value to your solar power. In addition, leases might contain future price increases while owning a solar power system could mean no future hikes in your future electricity expenses. Watch our TV show report below about Collins Solar Solutions.

Collins Solar Solutions
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Update March 2, 2014  LA Solar Group is a different kind of solar power company because LA Solar Group offers different options for getting solar power to your home or to your business.  Most solar power companies push one type of solar power plan which might be selling you a solar power system, or leasing a solar power system, or low cost financing, or buying solar power from a system that someone else owns but is installed on your property.  But in the case of LA Solar Group they give you the option to choose the kind of solar power deal that is right for you.  LA Solar Group will also help you reserve the various solar power energy rebates before they expire and you should act quickly to reserve your rebates.  LA Solar Group also has the experts that will help you get the most efficient solar power equipment and they will install it so that you get the most efficient power generation.

There is a March special from LA Solar Group.  For the entire month of March, only $99 will get you a fully installation-ready custom solar design and a solar rebate application in any city and with any utility still offering rebates.  Remember the rebates can disappear without notice and at any time so you should act quickly if you are serious about getting solar power.  LA Solar Group wants to point out that if the energy rebate drops or ends after you reserve a rebate you will be protected from that change if you already have a rebate reservation on the books.  And you can reserve an energy rebate now and with most local utilities you have up to one year to actually claim it.  Our Best Buys TV Show report is below.

LA Solar Group


Update November 26, 2013  Do not buy a traditional solar panel roof system until you check out the "solar shingles" sold by Bilt-Well Roofing.  These solar shingles are manufactured in the USA by The Dow Chemical Company and actually put a solar panel inside shingles that can be applied to your roof.  With the system you will not have unsightly solar panels disturbing the design of your home or business.  For more information including our Best Buys TV Show report please see our "Home Improvement / Roof" page.

Bilt-Well Roofing


Update January 10, 2013  Several experienced solar power professionals have formed a new company that promises to offer the lowest prices on solar power systems.  The Company Just Do It Builders is in the west San Fernando Valley but serves the entire Los Angeles area.  By keeping all of the installation and servicing in-house it can keep prices low.  Customers are amazed at the savings they can obtain with a properly designed solar power system for the home.  Our Best Buys TV Show report is below.

Just Do It Builders Inc.
6433 Topanga Canyon Boulevard #206
Canoga Park, California 91303


Update October 3, 2012  I just visited Solar Universe in Westlake Village, California, where Mitch Katz of Solar Universe told me about a better, more affordable way to bring solar power to more families here in Southern California.  Let's be honest about this: everyone wants solar power but it's just too expensive for many families to buy a solar power system for their homes.  An adequate solar power system can cost $15,000 or $20,000 or more.  So Mitch Katz and Solar Universe have opened the door for solar power to more families with a program called Sun Run. 

With the Sun Run program, you lease a solar power system for 20 years and your lease does not require any downpayment and your monthly lease payment is guaranteed never to go up and your lease payment will probably shave about fifty-percent off what you would have paid for electricity from your power company.  And, these savings are likely to increase because while your lease payment is fixed and will not increase, utility companies have a long history of raising their rates. So, with the Sun Run program you will save today and you will have the potential of saving even more tomorrow.

The solar power equipment you get is not only state-of-the-art but it is also visually pleasing.  Solar power system design has come a long way in a few short years.  The panels are more appealing in color and design, and if for some reason you don't want solar panels on your roof they can be mounted on the sides of a home or on the ground.  Customers I talked to told me that the new designs are pleasing and their neighbors don't notice them and there haven't been any complaints to homeowner associations.

The Sun Run lease program does have certain requirements including an approprate credit score for the family.  A Solar Universe representative will tell you about this and other information you need to know.  Maintenance, warranties, service is all included in the lease payment.  This is truly worry-free solar power.  And if your lifestyle and power needs change in the future, you might find yourself selling your excess solar power to your local utility and getting extra money from your utility.

Our Best Buys TV Show report is below.  No matter where you live in Southern California or around the United States, the Westlake Village office of Solar Universe can arrange for your solar power system including the Sun Run lease program.

Solar Universe
2524 Townsgate Road, Suite B
Westlake Village, California 91362


Cardinal Laboratories is the maker of quality pet grooming products and other pet products and now its offices and factory in Azusa, California, is a 100% solar powered facility.  On October 29, 2009 the switch was thrown taking the Cardinal Laboratories facility off the power grid, and the company started to harvest power from the 340 solar power panels on its roof.  The Cardinal facility sits next to huge power lines, but instead of drawing power from those lines, Cardinal will be sending surplus power that it generates onto power lines for other consumers in the Azusa area.  This becomes the first 100% solar powered manufacturing and distribution center in the pet products industry devoted to the production of grooming products, and its one of the first manufacturing plants in California to be powered by the sun.  The companies that were involved in the project include Innovative Mechanical and Electrical, Inc. of Temecula and Siliken Renewable Energy of San Diego.  I was the master of ceremonies at the ribbon cutting and the throwing of the solar switch at Cardinal. 

Cardinal is a leader in manufacturing pet grooming and pet supplies for pet specialty stores.  Cardinal’s Gold Medal Pets brand is known for its pet health care products.  Look for the “Healthy Pet Café” display of Pet Botanics brand dog treats and dog food rolls.  Their Crazy Dog Train-Me! treats are the “Official training treat at Petco training  classes.”

Below is our TV report about the switch to solar power at Cardinal Laboratories in Azusa.


Update July 5, 2011  When we first heard about this we were intrigued by the concept: a foam material that can be sprayed on a roof to not only waterproof the roof but also adds insulation to the roof.  This is ideal for industrial buildings with flat roof designs that typically don't have much insulation at all, but it is also used on residential buildings and can also be applied to traditional roofs.  This foam roof coating sticks to the roof that it is sprayed on and it is very durable and has an Energy Star rating.  The company offering this foam roofing system is called Ocean Seven Roofing and it serves all of Southern California.  Call them at (800) 972-7773 or go to for information.

Here are some of the highlights about this foam roofing system:  It is fast, light weight, is priced right and offers a great value, it is durable, and offers waterproofing and insulation.  Because building owners will save on energy, it can literally pay for itself from the energy savings.  Watch our TV report below.

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