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Straight Talk Solar Cast

 

Welcome to the world’s first Straight-Talk SolarCast! This is your go-to podcast for answers about solar.

Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.

Each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics.

Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar.

 

Recent Episodes

Solar + High Electricity Bills

Solar + High Electricity Bills

In this week's podcast we discuss the impact of the California heat wave on all electricity customers whether they have solar or not, and the tools for navigating the PGE.com website.  PGE.com is not all that user-friendly, so we assembled this video to help...

Solar + AC & DC Batteries

Solar + AC & DC Batteries

In this week's podcast we discuss the difference between Alternate Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) backup batteries. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy”...

Solar + Canals

Solar + Canals

In this week's podcast we discuss the new initiative by the state of  California to test out covering an irrigation canal in the Turlock area with solar panels.  Not only do canals have excellent solar exposure, but the solar panels can also provide...

Solar + Heat

Solar + Heat

In this week's podcast we discuss the current heat wave, the impact on the grid in #California, and why solar power can help alleviate the strain and stress on the grid.  We also discuss the further strain with even warmer weather and electric vehicles coming...

Solar + ADU’s

Solar + ADU’s

In this week's podcast we discuss the requirement of adding solar power to new Accessory Dwelling Units and how to work with the solar requirement. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their...

Solar + Ford F150 Lightning

Solar + Ford F150 Lightning

In this week's podcast we discuss the Home Integration System for the Ford F150 Lightning EV truck, and the impact this 'vehicle to grid' backup will have on the solar, utility and battery industries.  Certainly a game changer in California to be sure! About...

Solar + Inflation Reduction Act

Solar + Inflation Reduction Act

In this week's podcast we dive a bit deeper into the new climate legislation and how it will affect current and future solar customers.  Most of the information was gleaned from this article at NPR.org. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by...

Solar + Sales

Solar + Sales

In this week's podcast we review a recent case where a client was worn down to sign a contract that seems pretty outrageous.  The client was able to cancel within the 3 day waiting period and do some research, and will get a much better system without overpaying....

Solar + 30% Federal Tax Credit

Solar + 30% Federal Tax Credit

In this week's podcast we discuss the recent turnaround by Congressman Joe Manchin where it looks like an agreement has been reached to allow the federal tax credit to be increased to 30% back to January 1st, 2022 and for the next 10 years.  Great progress and...

Solar + Politics

Solar + Politics

In this week's podcast, we discuss the failure to pass the climate change bill and the potentially harmful impacts to the solar power industry and current clients. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who...

Recent Reviews

  • Podcast go-to
    August 23, 2022 by Zh-Attack from United States

    I have been thinking about Solar for a while but it wasn’t till I came across this podcast that I feel I’m more informed. Jamie Duran is a great expert on Solar.

  • Very Educational
    March 8, 2022 by Dave in Connecticut from United States

    Looking to get solar in Connecticut and binged this podcast to educate myself on solar. Outstanding podcast. The sales reps all said I was the most knowledgeable prospective client and asked all the right questions. A must listen if you are planning on going solar. Thank you!!!

  • Great content, great company
    November 2, 2021 by POSRJAK from United States

    I’ve listen to all the episodes, lotta good advice that I learned a lot from listening to these guys. I wish the solar company was in my area, I feel like they could finally convince me to go sold or where it totally makes sense.

  • Love It!
    October 4, 2021 by i am a babysitter backoff from United States

    Jamie and Adam make quite a team. Jamie's wealth of knowledge in the solar field and the shows format, is a great way for people to pick up Jamie's knowledge in an entertaining way!

  • Love These Guys So Much-I mad a Haiku for them
    September 8, 2021 by Peterson3018 from United States

    As a Realtor over 26 years plus These guys make me laugh. This podcast should be in Realtors toolbox

  • Great for professionals and prospecting customers alike
    June 1, 2020 by Solar Guy Ty from United States

    I’m a solar professional and I benefit from the show’s coverage of industry news. Thanks for the info!

  • Learn before you buy solar!
    May 15, 2020 by Lds member from United States

    Spen a few days listening to the entire series an you will know everything you need to know to buy your solar system! Plus you will learn a variety of energy saving tips! I love these guys! They are entertaining and informative!

  • Great way to keep up with news & trends
    February 17, 2020 by JitsGrips from United States

    Love the format of this podcast. Short, sweet, and to the point! Great way to catch up on the latest news and trends in the industry while on the road and in between appointments. Keep up the great work, guys!

  • Great pod
    February 4, 2020 by tomgMaui from United States

    Tons of information if your a home owner or even a solar contractor. Keep it up guys appreciate you keeping us to to date.

  • Good straight Talk!
    October 8, 2019 by Johnthevirgo from United States

    Thanks been trying to find a good solar podcast and really like hearing your perspective and that of what you hear from your clients. Lots of great info. Thank you

  • I agree with me!
    May 11, 2016 by duranasaurus from United States

    Very fun, easy to listen to, and straight to the point.

  • Solar Expertise
    May 5, 2016 by DoubleD3 from United States

    Thanks so much for offering these bite-sized nuggets of information! The information you're sharing is enlightening and truly straight to the point. I look forward to learning more and will definitely send people looking for solar to this podcast because it's like talking with a rep without any pressure.