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Episode 20 – Horror Stories

The Solar Dudes return with an episode revolving around some horror stories they have encountered in the industry. Listen as they explore the net metering fiasco in Las Vegas, having to custom-make off the shelf parts in the middle of nowhere, and the different surprise visitors they have met on the job-site.

Duration: 00:54:32

Episode 19 – Trails Less Traveled

The Dudes share their personal history in the solar industry and what got them started along with what keeps them in it. Their different backgrounds brought them together to create The Solar Dudes Podcast in order to educate listeners on what they need to know and do to get the right solar system for them. … Continue reading "Episode 19 – Trails Less Traveled"

Duration: 00:58:36

Episode 18 – Solar Coaster: 300ft. Drop

Join the Dudes as we take ride on the solar coaster explaining the ups and downs of the industry. Just like other dynamic industries solar can fluctuate in many areas including manufacturer bankruptcies, utility changes, incentive reductions, and storage. While some of these changes are avoidable others can be mitigated but not overcome. As an … Continue reading "Episode 18 – Solar Coaster: 300ft. Drop"

Duration: 01:06:19

Episode 17 – The Little Professor

We all have that one friend who knows more than even the expert. On this episode we argue misconceptions some of our “little professor” friends have. Topics covered include cost per watt, kilowatt hours vs. kilowatt, HOA’s, cash back/rebates, power outages and more.

Duration: 00:57:49

Episode 16 – I Call BS

This week on the Solar Dudes Podcast we call “BS”. We have a candid conversation on items we often find in”green” media sources and hear from solar companies that aren’t necessarily accurate. Topics such as battery placements, thin film longevity, end of lease terms, and companies that outsource, which are often conveyed in a way … Continue reading "Episode 16 – I Call BS"

Duration: 01:00:07

Episode 15 – Mars, Venus and Somewhere Between Us

When presenting the idea to go solar to a significant other, there are many unknowns such as how to finance, find the right company and how beneficial it can actually be. Convincing someone why they should be on board with getting a solar system proves to be a challenge with many couples. On this episode … Continue reading "Episode 15 – Mars, Venus and Somewhere Between Us"

Duration: 00:57:03

Episode 14 – Solar on the Water

This episode explores solar energy applications on water. With many positive benefits such as, cooling effect on panels, less evaporation, and water algae reduction, solar on water could show promising for certain applications. While there may be many positives that could come from solar on water, it also poses many challenges and need for creative … Continue reading "Episode 14 – Solar on the Water"

Duration: 00:45:20

Episode 13 – Reduce or Renewable?

When looking into solar a lot of customers wonder if reducing usage may be a good first step, before producing the power from a renewable source. This week on The Solar Dudes we have special guest, Jason Owsley, who is a Home Energy Auditor. We discuss when the right time to reduce is vs. renewable … Continue reading "Episode 13 – Reduce or Renewable?"

Duration: 00:44:11

Episode 12 – The Unasked Questions

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore the questions that don’t often get asked that probably should when looking into going solar. When getting solar quotes how do solar providers determine the output of the system, and is it guaranteed? When referring to things like ROI or return on investment, is the … Continue reading "Episode 12 – The Unasked Questions"

Duration: 01:01:09

Episode 11 – Off The Roof Applications

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore off the roof solar applications, including everything from covered parking to tiny homes. While a lot of people are interested in solar they may not have the roof space in order to achieve their objectives. Commercial and residential systems have come a long way in … Continue reading "Episode 11 – Off The Roof Applications"

Duration: 00:37:50

Episode 10 – How to Sell a House With Solar

Today we have a special guest who is a realtor in the Phoenix Valley, Tara Rutkowski. She has specialized in promoting and working with solar customers looking to sell and purchase property with solar. In this episode we get the opportunity to understand the challenges and advantages of solar from a Realtors perspective. We dive … Continue reading "Episode 10 – How to Sell a House With Solar"

Duration: 00:55:15

Episode 9 – Tesla! Tesla. Tesla?

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we review everything Tesla. Tesla, and Elon Musk, are in the news now on almost a daily basis. On this show we attempt to cover the extent of their product line, from the cars to the batteries to the solar roof tiles. Musk, being a great marketer means … Continue reading "Episode 9 – Tesla! Tesla. Tesla?"

Duration: 00:48:47

Episode 8 – Choosing the Right Solar Financing Product

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we review the different types of financing available for solar installations. Everything from solar loans to wrapping the solar in with your mortgage or a home re-finance. There are a lot of similar products offered by different lending institutions that at face level look the same, but are … Continue reading "Episode 8 – Choosing the Right Solar Financing Product"

Duration: 00:47:30

Episode 7 – Can I Install Solar Myself?

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we identify the advantages and disadvantages of installing your own solar energy system. We start at the first step in the process of understanding your previous usage history, and move to the layout and estimated system production. Having the system identified, there are still a few challenges … Continue reading "Episode 7 – Can I Install Solar Myself?"

Duration: 00:37:19

Episode 6 – The History of Solar

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore the history of solar. Starting in the 7th century B.C. solar has had a global impact. While still in the 500-1 B.C era the first battery had already been created in the middle east. Quite a long time later we finally understand the photovoltaic effect which leads to … Continue reading "Episode 6 – The History of Solar"

Duration: 00:32:59

Episode 5 – The Politics Surrounding Solar

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore the politics surrounding solar. With the everyday news being filled with political posts and articles, we tackle some of the politics that are particular to the solar industry or the renewable energy industry as a whole. This includes understanding the role of the EPA and the … Continue reading "Episode 5 – The Politics Surrounding Solar"

Duration: 00:37:07

Episode 4 – Solar Myths and Misconceptions

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore common solar myths, misconceptions, and misinformation. Including: Solar systems cost more than I can afford. I need to re-roof my house before going solar. Mono (crystalline) panels are the best type of solar panel. I can’t add any additional panels to my system. I can … Continue reading "Episode 4 – Solar Myths and Misconceptions"

Duration: 00:36:40

Episode 3 – How to Pick the Right Battery Setup for You

What can battery systems do? Backup the home, off grid solutions, safe rooms, demand/kWh mitigation. Explanation of the Parts and Pieces – Batter Types, Battery Manufacturers, Inverters/Charge Controllers, With or without Solar. Whats the financial impact/payback?

Duration: 00:45:12

Episode 2 – How to Shop for Solar

When shopping for solar it’s hard to know the right component choice as well as who to pick to do the work. On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we talk about: – How to Choose the Right Components – Panels – Inverters – Installation Methods -Other Parts and Pieces – Best Practices – … Continue reading "Episode 2 – How to Shop for Solar"

Duration: 00:50:42

The Solar Dudes Podcast – Episode 1 – How to Save Money on a Demand Rate Plan

On this first episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast: How to Save Money on a Demand Rate Plan Using Solar Energy – What is Demand? – Highlights of a Demand Rate – How Solar and Demand control work together to save you money – Attainability of Solar (Who is it good for/Who is it not)

Duration: 00:31:41