The cost of installing a home solar energy system has fallen rapidly over the past few years, and prices continue to decline. If you’re thinking about going solar, there’s no better time than during the design process for your new construction home. When you incorporate solar into your new home’s design, you take advantage of solar’s environmental and financial benefits without having to retrofit your home with a solar installation later down the road.
In today’s rapidly expanding solar industry, there are hundreds of different models and designs available to the modern day solar shopper. A growing number of premium technology brands (think Panasonic and LG) are entering the residential solar market, leaving homeowners across the country wondering: what’s next? What new panel technologies can we expect in 2017? In this article we will discuss all of the new developments with photovoltaic (PV) panels, including new solar panel aesthetics, bi-facial (double-sided) panels, efficiency improvements and solar inverter integration.
Renewable energy advocates celebrated across the globe this week as they witnessed the unveiling of the largest solar power array in the world. A new initiative by Environment America to protect solar from misinformation campaigns, a low-income program by L.A.’s biggest utility and the Kamuthi solar power plant in southern India are the key headlines we’re reading from this week’s Solar Energy News report.
With so many trendy investment opportunities available in today’s day and age, it’s easy to be skeptical of new products that boast promises of “saving you tons of money.” Solar panels are no different – saving money through reducing your electric bill is one of the main appeals and selling points for solar as a product and home upgrade. The simple answer to the question “do solar panels really save you money?” is yes. That being said, how much you’ll save depends on a number of factors. Direct hours of daily sunlight and size and angle of roof are both important, but local electricity rates play the biggest role in determining how much solar can save you.
California’s energy storage rebate is one of the best incentives in the country for homeowners who want to install a home battery with their solar panels. The Golden State already leads the country in solar energy – it has more solar capacity than any other state in the U.S., and nearly six times more solar than number-two state Arizona. Now, California is becoming a leader in energy storage. Thanks to the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) you can get a rebate for most or all of your solar battery installation in California, and it’s about to become a lot easier for homeowners to access. Here’s everything you need to know about SGIP. Continue reading →
Though solar power has found a dynamic and established role in today’s clean energy economy, there’s a long history behind photovoltaics (PV) that brought the concept of solar energy to fruition. With the way the cost of solar has plummeted in the past decade, it’s easy to forget that going solar had a completely different meaning even just 15 years ago. Let’s go back a few centuries to the origins of solar PV and explore the roots of the silicon solar technology known so well today.
For those asking themselves, “should I wait for the Tesla solar roof?”, you are not alone. Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, has a well-earned reputation for creating innovative 21st-century products that combine attractive designs with exceptional performance – and generate high levels of consumer interest as a result. The latest Musk technology to make a splash is the Tesla solar roof, which he revealed to great fanfare in October 2016. Here’s everything you should consider before making your decision.
The holiday season is a time for giving. That’s why we’re donating $10 to Habitat for Humanity for every person who signs up on EnergySage through the EnergySage Solar Rewards program through the end of 2016. The best part – you don’t have to be an EnergySage customer, or even have solar on your roof, to participate.
Solar offers more than just an opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint. When you install solar panels on your roof, you are a step closer to taking your electricity production and consumption into your own hands. One of the biggest decisions solar shoppers have to make is whether to install a standard grid-tied solar energy system, a solar battery backup, or a fully off-grid solar energy system. Here’s everything that you should keep in mind when you’re deciding between grid-tied solar vs. an off-grid solar battery backup system.
It often surprises people to hear that Florida, frequently referred to as “the Sunshine State,” is not the top state for solar. However, while California may hold the #1 spot for the U.S. solar market, Florida is undoubtedly one of the country’s leading states for home solar power.