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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 + Gas Riser + Battery Costs

Solar + Gas Riser + Battery Costs

In this week's podcast we discuss the requirement of PG&E to have the customer's main electric service panel at least 36 inches away from the natural gas riser and meter. This mainly affects older homes, but it is still a major issue when we are trying to get a...

Solar + Investment Tax Credit

Solar + Investment Tax Credit

In this week's podcast we discuss the current backup battery options, what is upcoming in battery storage, and the upcoming decrease in the Federal Investment Tax Credit. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California,...

Solar + Interest Rates

Solar + Interest Rates

In this week's podcast we discuss the latest rising trends in financing, and financing for solar projects in particular.  With rising inflation and interest rates, solar finance companies are increasing their loan fees to artificially reduce interest rates....

Solar + Customer Service Vampires

Solar + Customer Service Vampires

In this week's podcast we discuss the growing trend of a type of customer that is probably not unique to the solar industry but is still a growing part of probably every business.  Customer Service Vampires try to not only take advantage of just about every...

Solar + 80 kWh Batteries

Solar + 80 kWh Batteries

In this podcast, we discuss the latest plan from the California Contractor State Licensing Board's plan to limit the battery size that any licensed solar installer can combine with battery storage at 80-kilowatt hours.  Not only does this plan not make any sense...

Solar + Tariffs

Solar + Tariffs

In this week's podcast we discuss the latest big news in the solar industry - the suspension of solar panel tariffs for the next 2 years.  We discuss the implications of the tariff rollback and what we can expect to see over the next few months. About Jamie Duran...

Jamie Duran Solar + SF Rally

Jamie Duran Solar + SF Rally

In this week's podcast we discuss the solar rally in San Francisco, the efforts and groups that participated and the intended outcomes for the rally. California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA) About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar...

Solar + NEM Updates

Solar + NEM Updates

Solar + NEM Updates - In this week's podcast we discuss the new proposal from the #CPUC on Net Energy Metering, and the changes they are proposing from the last round.  One of the biggest is making NEM 3.0 retroactive to all solar customers...Wow!  More info...

Solar + Supply

Solar + Supply

In this week's podcast we discuss the recent solar panel shortage the industry is facing and the factors that contribute to the shortage, and the plan to survive the shortage in both the short and long terms. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by...

Solar + Vehicle to Grid

Solar + Vehicle to Grid

In this week's podcast we discuss the new pilot program between PG & E and General Motors to allow electric vehicles to perform as backup power to the grid in the event of an outage.  This program has the potential to be a game-changer in the battery storage...

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.