Solar Panels and Electric Cars: Can I Use Solar to Charge My Vehicle?

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Solar panels and electric cars are a match made in heaven ­– when you install a solar energy system on your home, you can use it to both power your home and charge your electric car for emissions-free transportation. The cost of solar is falling rapidly, and companies from Tesla to Nissan are manufacturing electric cars for your daily use. Now, the ability to install a solar PV system large enough to power both your home and your car is an option within reach. But even with incentives and rebates available for both technologies, most homeowners still can’t afford to install solar and buy an electric car at the same time. Luckily, it’s easy to install a solar energy system today that takes your future electricity consumption into account, if you take a few additional factors into consideration.

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News Roundup: A Solar-Powered Super Bowl, Solar Maintains 60% Growth Rate

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If you’re starting to believe that 2016 might just be the #YearofSolar, you’ll love the news out of the solar industry this week: IHS forecasted that solar installations will grow by 60 percent in 2016, Sunrun and SolarCity announced significant investor backing and Massachusetts unveiled $15 million of funding for solar in low-income households. Find these exciting developments and more in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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Are Massachusetts’ Solar Energy Incentives the Best in the Country?

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When you think of Massachusetts, you may think of Boston, its Revolutionary War history, championship sports teams, or distinctive pronunciation of the letter “R”. Now, it’s time to add a new association to the list – Massachusetts is becoming known for its solar incentives and programs, which are considered some of the best in the country. In this article, we break down these incentives and explain why solar panels are such a great investment in Massachusetts.

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News Roundup: Renewable Energy’s Edge Over Natural Gas, Solar to Supply One Fifth of Global Power by 2027

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Breaking: The sun continued to shine this week. Thanks to this major win for the solar industry, the future of solar is looking bright. A victory for solar shoppers in California, progress for New Mexico’s solar tax credit and the dominance of renewables over natural gas are the headlines you need to know about from this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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Mass Solar Loan Explained

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For homeowners in Massachusetts, finding a low-interest loan to finance their solar power system just got a lot easier thanks to the launch of the Mass Solar Loan program. The program, jointly administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), leverages $30 million in public funds to make low-interest, fixed-term solar loans more accessible for homeowners in Massachusetts.

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Should You DIY Solar With 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 panel kits 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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News Roundup: $46 Million in Renewable Energy Loan Opportunities For Developing World, $18 Million for U.S. Solar Storage

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As the #YearofSolar continues, many exciting announcements about new funding initiatives are rolling in. IRENA’s $46 million investment in solar for developing nations as well as a new effort by the Department of Energy to strengthen solar storage technologies are two leading headlines from this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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Should I Buy Solar Now or Wait?

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The cost of going solar has fallen every year, and 2015 was no different. According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, installing a residential solar energy system cost eight percent less in 2015 than in 2014, which is great news for today’s solar shoppers. But the ever-decreasing costs of solar create a conundrum: should I buy solar now or wait? For many, daily headlines that declare lower and lower prices can stir them to action. For others though, these same headlines can cause them to wait a few more years in hopes of saving even more money. So who’s right?

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News Roundup: Solar a New Leader in U.S. Job Creation, California Markets Surge

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Selling a House with Solar Panels: Lease or Loan?

selling house solar EnergySageLet’s face it: life happens. You may be planning to install solar at your house this month, but five years down the road you could get relocated for work and have to sell your house and move elsewhere. Or, you might be living in a home that you expect to outgrow but aren’t quite sure of when that next move will happen. The question is, when you don’t know if you’ll be in your home indefinitely, should you still be considering solar? The short answer is,YES. Going solar is still a viable money-saving solution for your house, even if you expect to sell it in the foreseeable future.

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