Author Archives: Jacob Marsh

Solar property tax exemptions: are they available where you live?

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Aside from the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) provided by the federal government, which covers 30 percent of your solar project’s cost in the form of income tax credits, many states offer their own tax incentives to help you go solar. One popular incentive is a solar property tax exemption. Read on to learn how they work, and which states have these policies in place.

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Solar news: 40+ cities commit to 100% renewables, colorful solar panels, and how the solar eclipse will impact solar energy generation

More than 40 cities committed to 100% renewable energy, a unique colored solar panel breakthrough, and the impact of the coming solar eclipse on U.S. solar power generation are the headlines from this week’s Solar News Report.

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Energize CT rebates & energy efficiency upgrades for 2017

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Energize CT is Connecticut’s energy efficiency campaign, and is sponsored by both your electric utility and energy efficiency providers. The program is available to renters, homeowners, and businesses across Connecticut. Here’s the breakdown of the different measures that you can take to reduce your energy use and resultant utility bills through the Energize CT program in 2017.

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Solar news: First Tesla solar roofs installed, JPMorgan Chase makes commitment to renewables and solar, Ikea starts selling solar panels and batteries

Tesla’s first solar roof installations, JPMorgan Chase’s entry into the growing community of major companies pledging to 100% renewables, and IKEA’s foray into solar panel and home battery storage installations are the headlines from this week’s Solar News Report.

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What is the average solar panel failure rate?

solar panel reliability failure rate

A common concern for many homeowners installing solar is their solar panel failure rate. Going solar is a financial investment, and it is important to know that your panels will continue to work reliably well for many years. In this article, we will examine solar panel reliability and possible reasons why a solar panel could perform below expectations.

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Why are solar panels blue?

why are solar panels blue not black

Most solar panels you will see have a blue hue to them, although some panels are black in color. The source of this color difference comes from the way light interacts with two different types of solar panels: monocrystalline and polycrystalline. In this article, we will examine what the color of a solar panel can tell you, and what makes solar panels blue.

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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?

 

solar panel windows

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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