Author Archives: Jacob Marsh

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?

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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?

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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?

 

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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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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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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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