Author Archives: Sara Matasci

Forward Labs solar roof: everything you need to know about the Tesla solar roof competitor

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Elon Musk put solar roofs on the map with his October 2016 reveal of the Tesla solar roof, but he isn’t the only one focused on this innovative new solar installation format. Forward Labs, a self-funded startup, offers their own solar roof product and they could give Tesla a run for their money. Here are the answers to every question you might have about one of the Tesla solar roof’s top competitors.

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Canadian Solar panels: the complete review

Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and installers of solar panels and operates on six continents. The company was founded in 2001 and manufactures its solar panels in Canada, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brazil. Canadian Solar panels are one of the most frequently quoted solar panel brands in quotes to solar shoppers comparing their options on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace – only LG and SolarWorld are more popular.

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How much do solar panels cost in the U.S. in 2017?

solar panels cost in the u.s. graphicYou’ve probably heard about how solar energy can reduce your electricity bills, but how much do solar panels really cost? The easiest way to calculate the average cost of solar panels is to look at its price in dollars per watt, which is relatively consistent across the United States. Continue reading

Smartflower solar: the complete review

Smartflower solar review

The Smartflower is an all-in-one ground mounted solar system with a tracker that follows the sun. However, it doesn’t look like the solar panels you might be used to. Learn all about the product’s revolutionary technology, how it compares to other solar options, and whether you should consider one for your home in EnergySage’s Smartflower solar review.

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Understanding California solar incentives and rebates

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California is the country’s biggest solar energy powerhouse. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Golden State has installed 18,296 megawatts (MW) of solar – enough to power 4,732,000 homes! It’s no mistake that California has so much solar. Rebates and other financial incentives make solar a smart financial move for residents and businesses across the state.

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What is the average solar panel size and weight?

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Solar energy systems are an increasingly common sight on rooftops all across the U.S., but unless you climb up onto a roof, it can be difficult to figure out how big solar panels are and how much they weigh. This article will help you understand solar panel size, solar panel weight, and whether your roof can support solar panels.  Continue reading

Renogy solar panels: the complete review

Renogy solar panel review

Installing solar panels is becoming a home improvement project that any homeowner can take on. Now that you can buy solar panels off of Amazon and eBay, you may even be considering installing a home solar energy system yourself. A popular DIY option is to purchase a solar panel kit from Renogy, a California-based company that manufactures solar panel kits for DIY solar installations. Many solar shoppers comparing their options on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace also explore their DIY solar options – but before you make a home solar purchase, we recommend you learn more about how Renogy panels compare to other brands.

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When will Tesla’s solar roof be available, and should you wait for it?

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For those asking themselves, “should I wait for the Tesla solar roof?”, you are not alone. Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, has a well-earned reputation for creating innovative 21st-century products that combine attractive designs with exceptional performance – and generate high levels of consumer interest as a result. The latest Musk technology to make a splash is the Tesla solar roof, which he revealed to great fanfare in October 2016. Here’s everything you should consider before making your decision, including what Tesla roof rivals you should consider.

*Update – Tesla has begun taking orders for their Tesla solar glass roof as of May, 2017. The pre-order requires a $1,000 deposit that can be paid online with a credit card. Tesla’s roof is now expected to begin installation in June, 2017 in California. The roof will then be slowly rolled out across the country and installations will be administered by SolarCity. Some estimates suggest the roof will not be available nationwide until mid-2018. Tesla has also revealed a standard solar panel product that it will begin producing in 2017 in addition to its solar roof – a black Panasonic solar panel with no mounting apparatus. Tesla has launched a calculator that provides estimates for its solar roof and has released the pricing information of $21.85 per square foot.  

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Energy Smart Colorado funds energy improvement options for your home

Energy Smart Colorado is Colorado’s all-encompassing home energy upgrades program. It is sponsored by electric utilities across the state, and is available to renters, homeowners and businesses in Eagle County, Gunnison County, Summit County, Lake County, Roaring Fork Valley and Yampa Valley. Property owners in Boulder County can also participate in the Energy Smart Boulder program, which offers similar benefits. Here’s the complete breakdown of all the different measures that you can take to reduce your energy use and shrink your utility bills through Energy Smart Colorado and Energy Smart Boulder in 2017.
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Comparing solar panel warranties: SunPower vs. Canadian Solar vs. SolarWorld vs. LG vs. Panasonic vs. Hyundai

SunPower, Canadian Solar, SolarWorld, LG, Hyundai solar panel warranty

When you compare your solar panel options from leading companies like SunPower, Canadian Solar, LG, Hyundai and SolarWorld, one of the biggest factors to consider is the solar panel warranties offered with their products. Solar panels come with two main warranties attached: the materials warranty, also known as the product warranty, and the production warranty.

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