Solar & Smart Thermostats: An Eco-Friendly House

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Solar panels and smart thermostats are two of the most powerful technologies available to help you take control of your home’s energy consumption. By installing solar and a smart thermostat in your home, you can minimize your environmental impact and maximize your clean power use. Here’s why solar panels and smart thermostats are the best way to turn your home into a 21st-century eco-friendly house.

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Solar Energy News: Solar-Powered Plane Crosses the Pacific, Oil Workers Moving into the Solar Sector, AT&T and SunPower Launch Wireless Residential Solar

solar powered plane crosses pacific EnergySageThe solar industry is soaring in 2016 just like the solar-powered plane that soared for 72 hours across the Pacific this past week. The arrival of Solar Impulse 2 in California, a new solar-powered town under construction in Florida and a mass migration of Texas workers from the oil industry to solar are three of the headlines you need to know in this week’s solar energy news report.

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Comcast and Solar: Sunrun Partnership Explained

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As the cost of solar continues to fall and the financial and environmental benefits of solar PV grow, more organizations are collaborating to provide reasonably priced solar options to homeowners. For example, National Grid recently announced that it is partnering with EnergySage to offer a solar marketplace option to its Rhode Island customers. Recently, Comcast also announced a partnership: the cable company will offer a discounted solar option to its customers through an exclusive partnership with Sunrun. Find out more about what the Comcast solar offer means for you.

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Is Your Home Good for Solar? Find Out Now

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Home solar power is more popular than ever in the United States. Last year, the U.S. installed enough solar to power 5.4 million homes across the country. It’s no wonder homeowners love being powered by the sun: when you install solar PV, you can save money on your electricity bills, increase your property value, and do your part to protect the environment. If you’re starting to think about going solar, knowing that your home and solar are a good match makes the shopping process even easier. Here are the top five questions and answers that will help you determine whether solar is right for your home (read on, it might surprise you):

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How Do I Claim the Solar Tax Credit?

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If you’re considering solar, you’ve probably heard about the federal solar tax credit, also known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The Federal ITC makes solar more affordable for homeowners and businesses by granting a dollar-for-dollar tax deduction equal to 30% of the total cost of a solar energy system.

What does 30% actually mean for the average solar shopper? According to EnergySage marketplace data, the average national gross cost of installing a solar panel system in the first half of 2015 was $29,225. At that price, the solar tax credit can reduce your federal tax burden by $8,768 – and that’s just one of many rebates and incentives that can reduce the cost of solar for homeowners.

There’s plenty of information out there about the value of the residential ITC, but figuring out how to actually claim the credit when it comes time to file your taxes is another story. We’ll walk you through it.

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Solar Energy News: Congress Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill, Solar Industry Reaches 1 Million Installation Milestone, Solar Windows Could be the Next Solar Panels

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Warmer spring weather continues to roll in, and the solar industry’s momentum is rolling along with it this week with several exciting developments across the globe. The 1 millionth U.S. solar installation, a bipartisan energy bill and an official rooftop solar mandate in San Francisco are three of the top headlines from this week’s solar energy news report.

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3kW Solar Systems: Compare Prices & Installers

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When you decide to invest in home solar panels, the cost to install the system on your roof is one of the biggest factors determining your long-term solar savings. Want to know the best way to ensure you’re getting a good deal? Compare your solar quotes with the prices that other solar shoppers paid for their 3kW solar systems near you. Learn more about the cost of a 3kW solar system, how much electricity your 3kW system can produce, and what the smartest way is to shop for solar.  Continue reading

What is the Power Output of a Solar Panel?

You may hear your solar installer say “it’s a 255 Watt panel” or “the panel I am recommending is a 300 Watt panel” or when you are reading a quote from a solar installer and see numbers like 245W or 300W or 345W next to the name of the panel. They are all referring to a solar panel’s power output. What is the power output of solar panels?

All solar panels are rated by the amount of DC (direct current) power they produce under standard test conditions. Solar panel power output is expressed in units of watts, and represents the panel’s theoretical power production under ideal sunlight and temperature conditions. Most solar panels on the market today have power output ratings ranging from 200 to 350 watts, with higher power ratings generally viewed as being more favorable than lower power ratings.  Continue reading

Congress Extends Solar Tax Credit – Everything You Need to Know About the Federal ITC

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Congress has voted to extend the solar tax credit for homeowners through 2021.

Homeowners, solar companies, and industry advocates alike were given a big Christmas gift in 2015 when Congress approved the 2016 federal spending bill. The December 18 bill contained a 5-year solar tax credit extension, which makes solar more affordable for all Americans. Wondering how this impacts you? EnergySage has the answers.

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DIY Solar Energy: Should You Get a Solar Panel Kit?

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Going solar has major financial benefits: it reduces your monthly electricity costs and can even increase the value of your home. Incentives like the federal tax credit for solar can reduce your net cost by 30 percent or more, but solar is still a big investment, and the price tag can result in sticker shock. To save money, it’s no surprise that many homeowners are considering DIY solar when they decide to go solar. Below, we break down the top things you need to know about DIY solar before making a decision.

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