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SunPower dealers: list of SunPower-certified solar installers for home & business

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If you’ve been doing your solar research, you probably already know that some of the most efficient panels on the market come from SunPower, a panel manufacturer out of California. SunPower is noteworthy not just for their exceptional efficiency, but also for their aesthetics and excellent warranty offering (bumper-to-bumper for 25 years for both product and performance). SunPower is one of the brands that homeowners request most frequently when comparing offers from solar installers on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace and it has hundreds of dealers across the world.

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Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART): Massachusetts’ SREC replacement program

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Massachusetts has always been one of the best states for solar. Not only does the Bay State have the high electricity rates that lead to a short payback period for your solar investment – it also has a history of having strong solar incentives for property owners looking to own a solar panel system.

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What are solar roof tiles? Comparing solar panels to solar shingles

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Solar roof shingles and solar panels: what’s the difference?

You don’t have to install solar panels on your roof to go solar – solar roof tiles are an innovative solar technology that can also help property owners save on their energy bills. For those wondering “what are solar shingles exactly?” they’re also referred to as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), solar roof tiles similarly use the sun’s energy to produce electricity for your home.

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Questions to Ask Your Solar Loan Company

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Going solar is like all big home improvement project – the more questions you ask beforehand, the better prepared you’ll be on installation day. And while most homeowners understand the importance of vetting potential solar installers, they may not realize it’s equally as important to fully vet their loan provider too. There are many financiers throughout the country that offer solar loans with varying terms and conditions, but how do you determine which is best for you? Here’s a quick checklist of the top questions to ask your solar financing company before you sign an agreement with them:

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Installing Home Solar Panels with an HOA

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If you have a homeowner’s association (HOA) for your property, you’re probably aware that you need to get their permission for certain renovations and alterations to your home.

Can My HOA Prevent Me From Installing Solar Panels?

An HOA will only prevent you from installing solar panels if your state requires approval for the installation and then rejects the proposal. In some cases, an HOA may deny you for aesthetic reasons. The key is to check your state’s solar access rights to see if it can prevent you from going solar.

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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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Solar Water Heating and Solar Space Heaters Explained

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Curious how the process of thermal heating works with solar water heaters? Read more to find out how these heaters can provide efficient energy alternatives

You already know that solar panels can generate electricity for your home, but that’s not all that solar energy can do. There are other solar technologies that make use of the sun’s thermal energy to help heat up homes and lower one’s heating bills, including solar water heating and solar space heaters.

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