Author Archives: Luke Richardson

Solar energy in the NFL in 2017: a solar powered Super Bowl LI

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There was a time when we asked, “Could the NFL Be Leading the Way in Renewable Energy?” We firmly believe that the more people are exposed to solar and other renewable energies in their daily lives, the more quickly these technologies can become part of the mainstream. Now, six years later, we’re happy to report that there is a definite proliferation of solar power use not only in the NFL, but in Major League Baseball and the NBA as well. More and more teams are recognizing the tremendous potential these systems have to save money, generate positive publicity, and reduce negative environmental impacts. Continue reading

Solar news: Renewable job growth 12x higher than U.S. economy, Massachusetts to go 100% renewable by 2035

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It was a busy week for a fast-growing industry that began its transition to a new presidential administration, following the recent inauguration of Donald Trump. A new 100% renewable energy target for Massachusetts, the record pace of job growth for wind and solar and Apple’s new solar power plant are the headlines we’re discussing from this week’s Solar Industry Report.

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The top solar companies for 2016 in residential PV: find solar providers near you

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In an industry that now employs well over 200,000 people, it can be difficult to sort through the thousands of solar installation companies that are active in the U.S. in 2017. EnergySage has compiled rankings of top solar contractors across the country on both the national and local level to help homeowners find solar companies near you.

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What is a kilowatt-hour? The difference between kWh and kW

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If you’ve been thinking about your energy costs lately, you may be looking into energy efficiency upgrades for your home such as installing solar panels, adding smart thermostats or pursuing an EnergyStar home certification. And when comparing various energy solutions and the prices for new options, you’re going to hear one metric used incessantly: kilowatt-hour (kWh). So what exactly does a kWh mean and how does it differ from a kilowatt (kW)?

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Solar industry news: Tesla’s Gigafactory to run on solar, Musk confident about future of renewables following Trump meeting

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With the holiday season behind us and the U.S. workforce back in full throttle, major solar stakeholders laid out planning for 2017 and reported on solar’s record year this past week. A bullish future for renewables under Trump, strong words from President Obama on clean energy’s momentum and Tesla’s new solar-powered mega factory are the three headlines that are turning heads in this week’s Solar News report.

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How long do solar panels last?

One of the most common questions we hear from homeowners considering a solar panel installation is, “how long will my solar panels last?” It’s hard to make sense of the upfront cost of going solar without knowing how long you can expect that small power plant on your roof to produce ample energy. Your solar panels will be able to offset your electricity use for decades, but it is also important to understand industry projections and degradation rate. In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about solar panel lifespan.  Continue reading

Comparing top solar panel brands: SunPower vs LG, SolarWorld, Panasonic, Canadian Solar, and Suniva solar panels

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When it comes to solar panel manufacturers, there is no shortage of options for homeowners in 2017. Solar panel technology is improving every year, and many solar panel companies offer products that boast both high conversion efficiency numbers as well as impressive long-term warranties. SunPower is the leader with regard to efficiency across the board while LG solar panels are known for top tier design and aesthetic, but companies like SolarWorld and Suniva offer much more appealing prices for their solar panels. How do the top PV manufacturers stack up? We’ll help you compare and contrast your options among the industry leaders – SunPower, Panasonic, Canadian Solar, SolarWorld, LG and Suniva.

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Solar energy vs. fossil fuels: how do they compare?

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If you’ve been following the ongoing battle between solar energy vs. fossil fuels, it might seem like the predominant resources on which the global economy depends – oil, coal and natural gas – will be completely phased out of existence in 2017. In reality, these resources still power most of the planet,  while renewable resources like solar and wind only contribute some two to three percent of global energy capacity. This reality check begs the following question: how does solar really stack up against fossil fuels, and why is there so much excitement about the growth of solar?

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Thin film solar panels: Do they make sense for residential?

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In a world where new solar panels and breakthroughs in solar technology are emerging almost every month, homeowners have a lot of panel options to choose from in 2017. Among the many innovations in the panel manufacturing space, none may be more appealing and visually exciting than thin film (TF) solar panels. In this article we’ll dig into what makes thin film stand out from standard silicon photovoltaic (PV) panels and offer some insight on when thin film solar is an ideal option for homeowners and the residential market.

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