Author Archives: Luke Richardson

How many sunlight hours do I need? Calculating peak sun hours

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When weighing the decision of whether or not going solar makes sense for your roof or location, one of the first questions you may ask is “how many sunlight hours do I need for solar to be worth it?” The reason this question is important is because there is a significant range across the country for average peak sun hours. In this article, we’ll explain which states offer the best sun hour value and how much sunlight intensity in your state should impact your decision to go solar.

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How much do solar panels cost in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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The past decade has witnessed astounding growth in the U.S. solar industry, but a few key states have led the way. Many stakeholders are aware that sunny West Coast states like California and Arizona are winners for solar power but somewhat under the radar is Nevada – the 4th biggest state in the U.S. in terms of installed capacity as well as solar job creation. Nearly ten percent of the state’s electricity comes from solar power and nearly half a million homes are running on solar in 2017. Las Vegas is also shining in terms of the top cities for solar in the U.S. In this article we’ll explain why Las Vegas is one of the best places to go solar in 2017 and what you can expect a solar panel system to cost.

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What is the best way to go solar on Cape Cod and how much should it cost?

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In 2016, rooftop solar installations increased by a whopping 95 percent in the United States, and the trend is continuing in 2017. There are a few concentrated areas of the country where the rate of growth is particularly dramatic. Over the past decade, the Northeast has become one of the most popular areas for solar energy in the U.S. thanks to major solar incentives and a need to combat rising electricity costs. Massachusetts is the top state for solar in the region, with the summer destination of Cape Cod is particularly popular for solar installations. In fact, on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace Cape Cod registered nearly 10% of all consumer activity in Massachusetts in 2016. In this article, we’ll break down the different ways a homeowner can go solar on the Cape and what they should expect for cost, savings and quality of equipment. 

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How much do solar panels cost in Florida in 2017 and what incentives are available?

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It often surprises people to hear that Florida, frequently referred to as “the Sunshine State,” is not the top state for solar. However, while California may hold the #1 spot for the U.S. solar market, Florida is undoubtedly one of the country’s leading states for home solar power. In this article we’ll break down the top solar incentives in Florida and explain what a solar panel system will most likely cost.

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How much do solar panels cost in Seattle, Washington?

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In 2016, solar panel installations grew by 95 percent in the United States, a trend that is expected to continue in 2017. Though there was strong growth in solar nationwide, installations are increasing at an expedited rate in concentrated areas of the country. Washington State has witnessed a 64% decline in solar prices over the past five years and, according to SEIA, is forecasted to see a whopping 278 MW of solar installed over the next five. Seattle is quickly becoming one of the best cities for solar in America thanks to Washington’s great payback incentive and net-metering policy as well as the city of Seattle’s growing market competition.

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Solar News: Tesla unveils standard solar panels, NREL report shows price inflation by large installers

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It was a wild week in the solar industry, full of unforeseen product releases and a controversial solar pricing report that was released by the government. An NREL report that confirmed price inflation by SolarCity and other top solar installers, Tesla’s big solar panel reveal and exciting growth in solar storage in certain states are the three stories we’re studying from this week’s Solar News Report.

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How much do solar panels cost in Tucson, Arizona?

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In 2016, solar panel installations grew by an impressive 95 percent in the United States, a trend that is expected to continue in 2017. Though there was consistent growth in solar nationwide, installations are increasing at an expedited rate in concentrated areas of the country. Arizona witnessed a 6% bump in solar job growth in 2016, and one of the main reasons for its latest success is the city of Tucson and its record low pricing. Tucson is quickly becoming one of the best cities for solar in America thanks to Arizona’s residential solar tax credit and the city of Tucson’s growing market competition that has led to nationwide lows for solar prices.

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Best solar battery chargers: marine, RV and car battery chargers

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Among today’s many uses for solar energy, one increasingly popular way to harness sunlight is with battery chargers that can power common home products. Outside of rooftop and utility-scale photovoltaics (PV), battery chargers might be the next best use for solar energy in terms of efficiency and practicality. A small panel can easily be placed next to a window to charge a phone, and a portable charger can be an easy way to power your car’s battery through the sunroof. In this article we’ll discuss the many ways a solar battery charger can be useful, including how solar works with cars, boats, RVs and small devices.

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Solar Panel Installation Guide: the 5 Step Process

More than a million homes have already gone solar in the U.S., and many more homeowners are considering installing solar. If you’re in the market for solar, you probably want to know what actually happens during a solar panel installation. There are five big steps that need to happen after you sign your solar contract before the solar panels on your roof can actually power your home, and a lot of it is behind the scenes. To show you what you can expect, we’ve outlined a simple five-step guide for the typical solar installation process.

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How do solar panels work at night and on cloudy days?

How do solar panels work at night?

If you’ve been wondering “do solar panels work at night?”, you’re certainly not alone. If you choose to rely on solar panels for your home electricity use, it’s important to understand how solar panels can be a reliable source of power during night time when there is no available sunlight.

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