Solar industry news: Tesla’s Gigafactory to run on solar, Musk confident about future of renewables following Trump meeting

tesla's solar powered gigafactory in nevada

With the holiday season behind us and the U.S. workforce back in full throttle, major solar stakeholders laid out planning for 2017 and reported on solar’s record year this past week. A bullish future for renewables under Trump, strong words from President Obama on clean energy’s momentum and Tesla’s new solar-powered mega factory are the three headlines that are turning heads in this week’s Solar News report.

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Solar for condos: a how-to guide

solar for condos

There are many reasons to go solar. A solar panel system is a smart investment that can reduce electricity costs, increase the value of your property, and reduce the environmental impact of your electricity use. Luckily, solar power isn’t just for single-family homes – you can make the transition to solar even if you live in a condominium.

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Solar for churches: How congregations benefit from solar panels

In the age of clean energy and efficient building design, most if not all locations can benefit from solar energy, and churches are certainly one of them. In this article, we’ll explain why congregations of all faiths should consider installing on their community’s church.
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Consumer Reports reviews solar panels, declares, “Never Been a Better Time to Switch to Solar”

consumer reports shedding light on solar power

Solar is no longer the uncommon renewable energy it once was. This year, the millionth home solar panel system was installed in the United States. If you had any doubts about whether solar is now in the mainstream, Consumer Reports’ recent guide to going solar should erase them. In its August 2016 issue, the industry-leading nonprofit magazine declares, “There has probably never been a better time to switch to solar” – and suggests that U.S. homeowners use EnergySage’s Solar Calculator to determine whether solar makes sense for their homes.

The research team at Consumer Reports took on the entire solar shopping process, covering topics from equipment to financing to evaluating the installer you choose to build your solar energy system.

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Tesla Powerwall 2: an upgraded battery for your home

Tesla Powerwall 2

Comparing the Tesla Powerwall 2 to the original Powerwall

Tesla brought solar batteries to the forefront of home energy technology with the launch of the Powerwall in 2015. A year later, Elon Musk announced the new and improved Tesla Powerwall 2, an industry-leading product that takes solar-plus-storage to the next level. The Powerwall 2 offers a few much-needed improvements over the original Powerwall product, including a larger storage capacity, a lower per-kilowatt hour cost, and a built-in inverter.

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How long do solar panels last?

One of the most common questions we hear from homeowners considering a solar panel installation is, “how long will my solar panels last?” It’s hard to make sense of the upfront cost of going solar without knowing how long you can expect that small power plant on your roof to produce ample energy. Your solar panels will be able to offset your electricity use for decades, but it is also important to understand industry projections and degradation rate. In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about solar panel lifespan.  Continue reading

EnergySage’s 2016 Solar Year in Review

2016 solar year in review on EnergySage

For the U.S. solar industry, 2016 will be remembered as the year that solar first hit the energy mainstream. In this post, we’re highlighting the major moments that made 2016 a solar year to remember – plus a few things that we’re looking forward to in 2017.  Continue reading

Solar energy vs. fossil fuels: how do they compare?

fossil fuels vs solar energy graphic

If you’ve been following the ongoing battle between solar energy vs. fossil fuels, it might seem like the predominant resources on which the global economy depends – oil, coal and natural gas – will be completely phased out of existence in 2017. In reality, these resources still power most of the planet,  while renewable resources like solar and wind only contribute some two to three percent of global energy capacity. This reality check begs the following question: how does solar really stack up against fossil fuels, and why is there so much excitement about the growth of solar?

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Solar sheds, community solar and more: alternatives to rooftop solar

rooftop solar alternatives

Homeowners across the United States are reducing their electricity costs and their carbon footprints by installing solar. For many solar shoppers, rooftop systems are the best home solar option. However, not every home has a roof that’s suitable for solar. Certain roof types, like slate and cedar tiles, are too fragile for solar panels. If trees shade your roof, you’ll have less-than-ideal solar electricity production, and some homeowners’ associations and historical associations have rules that restrict solar panel installations.

Luckily, there are a variety of alternative solar options for every situation. Whatever the reason is that you can’t install rooftop solar, there’s a solution available that can suit your needs.

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