Solar Panel Technology: Learn about Advances in Solar Energy

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Solar power has been in a constant state of innovation in 2016, with new advances in solar panel technology announced almost every week. In the past year alone, there have been milestones in solar efficiency, solar energy storage, wearable solar technology and solar design tech. Read on to get the complete update on all the breakthroughs you should know about in the world of solar panel technology.

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Solar on Flat Roofs: Top 3 Things You Need to Know

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Solar is a smart energy decision for homes and businesses with flat roofs, but there are a few considerations you’ll need to keep in mind as you go through the installation process. Here are the top three things that you need to know if you want to install solar panels on a flat roof:

Key considerations for solar on flat roofs

  1. Flat roofs are an ideal location for solar panels
  2. Flat roof solar often costs less than standard installations on sloped roofs
  3. Flat roof solar panels can be installed to maximize electricity production

 Read on for EnergySage’s in-depth explanation of each of these topics.
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Solar News: Solar Tracking Gains Huge Popularity, Tesla/SolarCity Decision Expected on November 18th

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This ground mount solar installation has tracking capability that allows it to track the sun as it moves during the day.

The past week in the solar industry, like many that came before it, can only be described with one word: optimistic. A promising emissions report thanks to significant growth from solar and wind, growing customer preference for tracking systems that improve the efficiency of solar systems, and a new community solar program in Missouri are three bright headlines we’re talking about from this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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Mass Save: Save Money on Energy Efficiency in MA

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The Mass Save program is Massachusetts’ all-encompassing energy efficiency program, and is sponsored by both your electric utility and energy efficiency providers. The program is available to renters, homeowners, and businesses across Massachusetts. Here’s the complete breakdown of all the different measures that you can take to reduce your energy use and resultant utility bills through the Mass Save program.
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Comparing the Top Community Solar States: Minnesota, California, Massachusetts and Colorado

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Community solar – the concept of leasing or owning a share of a large solar array rather than having a personal solar installation on your rooftop – continues to gain popularity across the continental United States. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), there will be a 1.8 gigawatt (GW) increase in installed photovoltaics from community solar arrays over the next five years.  Minnesota, Colorado, California and Massachusetts – the undisputed best states for community solar – will drive the majority of that growth. You might wonder, why are these four states so ideal for roofless solar compared to the 46 others in the U.S.? Here’s how these community solar leaders rose to the top.

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Community Solar: How to Go Solar Without Rooftop Panels

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Solar adoption is surging across the U.S., and it isn’t just limited to rooftop solar. The newest innovation in the solar industry: community solar, which offers many of the benefits of a home solar energy system without the need to install solar panels on your roof. To understand whether community solar is right for you, you’ll need to learn about the process and technology, when you should consider it, and how you can find local community solar projects near you.  Continue reading

What is the Average Cost of Solar Panels in the U.S.?

average solar panel cost in the u.s. energysage You’ve probably heard about how solar energy can reduce your electricity bills, but how much do solar panels really cost? The easiest way to calculate the average cost of solar panels is to look at its price in dollars per watt, which is relatively consistent across the United States.

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost?

As of early 2016, most U.S homeowners are paying $3 to $4 per watt to install a solar panel system, and the average cost per watt in the U.S. is $3.57 per watt. Using the national average for pv system size at 5 kW (or 5000 watts), the average cost of solar: $12,500 (after the Federal ITC discount).

That’s 12 percent lower than it was a year ago, and solar panel system costs are continuing to fall. However, to really understand what a single solar panel will cost and what a complete solar system will cost, it’s important to compare prices quoted to homeowners in your area – total costs can vary depending on the state that you live in.

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SolarCity Complaints: What America’s Homeowners Think About Its Top Installer

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If you’ve considered installing solar panels in the United States in the past decade, chances are you’ve heard the name “SolarCity” a few times. With its recognizable sun icon slated next to a catchy phrase in bold, the U.S. green giant has made a name for itself in the residential solar market, and is widely considered the country’s top installer for the past three years.

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How Solar Batteries Work: Storing Solar Energy

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Solar panel systems have become one of the fastest-growing sources of energy in the United States. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the solar market will double in size in 2016. The popularity of solar power has led to the rise of another renewable technology: solar batteries that can store extra solar power for later use. Companies like Tesla Motors are developing batteries that can be installed with solar panels to create “solar-plus-storage” systems for your home. Read on to learn more about residential solar batteries, and find out if you should consider installing a solar-plus-storage system for your home.

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Installing Solar Panels in San Diego? Here’s the Complete Guide

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San Diego is one of the best places in the country to install solar panels. Lots of sunshine and a year-round temperate climate create the ideal conditions for solar panels, and high electricity rates mean that a solar energy system is an even smarter investment for your home or business. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about installing solar panels in San Diego, from the best solar companies in the area to SDG&E net metering policies and the cost of solar in America’s Finest City.

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