Solar news: mandatory solar panels on new homes in South Miami, a solar cell with record efficiency, floating solar fields in China

In this week’s Solar News Roundup, a South Miami ordinance requiring all new houses to have solar panels installed, a new highly efficient solar panel material, and a massive floating solar array in China.

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Hyundai solar panels: the complete review

hyundai solar panel review

Hyundai is one of the most recognizable names in the solar industry. The company The company started its solar business in 2005, and its solar panels are produced by a separate branch of the company that owns Hyundai Motors. Like some other leading solar brands (such as LG), their panels are manufactured in South Korea, but their products are generally considered to be an “economy” option for homeowners looking for a low-cost solar installation.

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Critter guards for solar panels: protect your system from squirrels & birds

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A surprising threat to your solar panels may be the animals that live in the area surrounding your home. Birds and squirrels can damage your solar setup in several ways, leading to unwanted repair costs and headache. One solution to solar’s animal problem is to install “critter guards,” a physical barrier between your panels and the local fauna.

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Solar windows: can you turn your windows into solar panels?

 

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Soon, your home may be able to generate solar power from places other than your roof. As the solar market evolves and expands, companies are looking into new solar technologies aimed at spreading solar energy generation beyond traditional rooftop and ground-mount solar panels. One such idea, solar panel windows, has gained momentum recently, and could represent part of the solar market’s future.

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What are the fastest growing states for solar power in 2017?

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In an industry that has continued to grow at an impressive rate nationwide (4.4x over the past 5 years), details on solar hot spots in the U.S. can be elusive. Though there are a few states that are known for having plentiful sunlight (California, Florida, Arizona), there are many states leading the U.S. solar revolution that are flying under the radar. In this article, we’ll break down the top five solar states to date by cumulative solar capacity as well as the states with the fastest growing solar markets in 2017.

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How much does a 25,000 Watt (25 kW) solar system cost?

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If you’re shopping for a solar energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “how much will it cost?” Prices depend on the size of your system, the type of equipment you choose, and the state that you live in, but reviewing prices for a 25 kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start for many smaller homes. Learn more about how much a 25 kW solar system costs, how much electricity a 25 kW system will produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar.

How much does a 25 kW solar system cost in 2017? 

As of January 2017, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is $3.16 per watt ($79,000 for a 25 kilowatt system). That means that the total 25 kW solar system cost would be $55,300 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

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Solar news: New Hampshire’s net-metering cap removed, Oregon steps closer to widespread community solar, solar power-generating windows

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In this week’s Solar News Report, New Hampshire removes their solar net-metering cap for consumers, Oregon approves new rules for large community solar undertakings, and a new way to generate power from the sun using solar windows. 

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REC Solar panels: the complete review

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REC Group is Europe’s largest manufacturer of solar panels, and has offices in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. The company was founded in Norway in 1996 and manufactures its solar panels in Singapore. REC Solar panels are an increasingly popular option in quotes to shoppers comparing solar offers on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace.

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CertainTeed solar shingles: compare the original solar roof to other options for your home

CertainTeed solar shingles

Before Elon Musk shook up the home solar power industry with the Tesla solar roof, homeowners and businesses were talking about solar shingles. The current leader in solar shingles is CertainTeed, whose solar roof products can be integrated as part of your existing roof.

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Solar farms: what are they, and how do you start one?

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The solar industry has seen rapid growth over the past decade, and a major contributing factor has been the surge in solar farms popping up across the globe. A “solar farm,” also known as a photovoltaic power station, typically refers to a massive decentralized solar array meant to supply the electric grid.

The majority of these massive arrays are owned by utilities and are merely another asset for the utility to supply power to properties in their coverage area. However, a broader understanding of solar farms could include other ground mounted solar arrays large enough to supply power for many households. This general concept of a solar farm could be associated with both residential community solar and larger utility-scale solar. In this article we’ll explain the different types of solar farms, how much they cost and how to start one.

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