Author Archives: Luke Tarbi

Solar Panels For Apartment Renters: Can You Get In On Clean Energy’s Financial Benefits?

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The simple answer for renters who want solar panels for their apartment or home is that it is possible. Through a number of methods, a renter can still cash in on the financial benefits of solar even if they don’t own their property.

If you’re renting and paying your own utility bills, you may think that there’s no incentive for your landlord to switch to a system powered by clean energy. But, switching to solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind power, geothermal, biomass or combined heat and power could be a win-win situation for you and your landlord. You already know you, as the tenant, would benefit by limiting future increases in your utility bills. But can you really convince your landlord that it’s in his or her best interest, too? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” All you need to do is present a compelling case. So, here’s how:

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Go Solar Checklist—A Useful Guide For Buying Solar Panels

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So, you’ve decided that installing solar panels on your home or business just might be the way to go. Now what? Here’s a quick solar checklist that will help you to navigate the way from “I think solar panels might be a good idea” to “Hey, look how awesome my solar power system is!”

 

 
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How to Make Money with SolarCity Ambassador and Other Rewards Programs

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SolarCity vans line up outside of their Foster City, CA headquarters. Source: Wikipedia.org

Solar adoption is skyrocketing in the United States. Partly responsible for this surging uptake is one of the oldest industry drivers: word of mouth marketing. The SolarCity Ambassador Program, EnergySage Rewards Program, and others are a big part of this growth. Continue reading

How to Claim New York’s Solar Tax Credit Under Lease or PPA

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With endless reasons to go solar in New York, many homeowners are enjoying the luxury that is the New York State Solar Tax Credit and you should too. In this article, we break down everything you need to know about tax incentives in NY.

New York State’s Solar Equipment Tax Credit is one of a suite of generous tax incentives and rebates for solar panels available in New York State. It is an incredibly generous and flexible incentive, saving you up to $5,000, depending on how much you spend on solar. How and when can you claim the credit if you go solar under a solar lease or power purchase agreement (PPA)? Learn more in this article about solar energy in New York and the tax incentives you can take advantage of.

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What Does it Mean to ‘Go Off The Grid’ with Solar?

off grid solar energy graphic energysagePeople say all the time that they want to get off the grid. Beyond just meaning getting away from it all for a while, getting of the grid has a specific technical meaning with regards to your relationship to your utility and how you get your power. So, what exactly does it mean to go off the grid? Continue reading

Austin’s Unique Policy for Counting Solar Power

VOST_Austin_blogGoing solar saves you money on your monthly electrical bill. The amount of your savings varies by size and location of the system. But how does it work financially and administratively with your utility? Currently, two types of policy are widely used: the Value of Solar Tariff and Net Metering. The decision of which one to use can be controversial. Continue reading

How Much Does Solar Cost in Austin, Texas?

cost of solar austin txThe price of solar energy systems continues to drop across the country and perhaps nowhere as dramatically as Austin, Texas. According to the Solar Industry Mag, Austin is now a top 20 city for solar in the U.S.  While prices continue to decline across the country, generous incentives still exist for those who purchase a system today. One of the largest is the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC offers those who install a residential solar system a 30 percent tax credit, and was recently extended by Congress. Additionally, states have their own set of incentives. Qualifying residents of Austin, Texas can apply the Austin Energy Rebate to the cost of installing a system, and then benefit from monthly saving with the Value of Solar Tariff.

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Solar Energy News: Nevada Plant Drives Innovation in Solar Storage, Wind & Solar Dominate Fossil Fuels, Solar Stakeholders Applaud MA Net Metering Decision

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Another impressive week in the solar industry has come and gone, and things look a little brighter this Friday. Massachusetts’ major net metering decision, a solar plant capable of dynamic energy storage and unprecedented growth by renewables that is overtaking fossil fuels are the three key headlines from this week’s solar energy news report.

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New York State’s Solar Tax Credit : 25% savings on your solar energy costs

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There are a number of generous incentives for solar power in New York State, and NY’s Solar Equipment Tax Credit is one of them. The Solar Tax Credit plays a major role in making solar energy installation in New York state a bright idea. But who qualifies to claim it and how much is it? Continue reading

“Free solar panels”: Are they really free?

If you’ve been shopping around for a solar panel system, you’ve probably heard at least one company advertise ‘free solar panels’ – that they will install a solar system on your roof for free. But, much as with anything, remember that there is no such thing as a free lunch (or a free solar panel).

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Examples of companies advertising ‘free solar panels’

Decoding the sales pitch: The term ‘free solar panels’ is sometimes used to advertise solar lease or solar power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Under both types of arrangements, a company will put solar panels on your roof for no money up-front, but will charge you for the electricity that they produce.

Most offers will save you money but not all of them, so make sure you’ve thoroughly compared all your options. Also consider buying the solar panels or financing them with a zero-down solar loan.
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