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JinkoSolar panels: the complete review

jinko solar panel review

JinkoSolar is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of solar panels and develops solar projects across the world. The company was founded in 2006 and manufactures its solar panels in China and Malaysia. Although they are relatively new to the U.S. residential market, JinkoSolar panels are increasingly popular in quotes to solar shoppers comparing their options on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace.

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Tesla solar panels: the latest from Elon Musk’s clean energy empire

Tesla solar panels 2017

Tesla’s plans to make solar panels have been known for years. The company is constructing a factory in Buffalo, NY, specifically to produce Tesla solar panels, but until recently not much more was known about their plans.

In April 2017, the much-discussed solar panel product was finally revealed, but the company didn’t announce it with the fanfare usually reserved for Tesla product releases. Instead, the Tesla Energy website was quietly updated to include a page specifically dedicated to solar panels alongside its other energy products like the Powerwall and Tesla solar roof.

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HERO Loan Program: Interest Rates, Terms, and Benefits

HERO loan program

The HERO Loan Program by Renovate America is one of the most popular energy loan options in California. HERO loans offer reasonable interest rates that make it possible to fund energy upgrades like new windows and updated HVAC systems. Homeowners and businesses in hundreds of communities across the state have used HERO loans to make clean energy upgrades to their properties. One of the most popular uses for HERO loans is to reduce energy bills by installing solar panels.

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

should I wait for tesla solar roof

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.

*Update – Elon Musk announced Tesla will begin taking orders for a tentative waiting list for the solar roof in April. Tesla’s roof is now expected to reach consumer’s homes before the end of 2017.  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 is yet to release any pricing information for their roof or standard panel offerings. 

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Mitsubishi solar panels: the complete review

Mitsubishi solar panel review

Mitsubishi Electric is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronics and electrical equipment, including televisions, air conditioners, and solar panels. The company was founded in 1921, and it manufactured the first solar panels to provide power to satellites in the 1970s. All of Mitsubishi’s solar panels are manufactured in Japan. Although they are relatively new to the U.S. market, Mitsubishi solar panels are increasingly popular in quotes to solar shoppers comparing their options on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace.

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Trina Solar panels: the complete review

Trina solar panel review

Trina Solar Energy is one of the largest producers of solar panels in the world, and was founded in 1997. The company manufactures all of its solar products in China, and is one of the most popular brands featured in quotes to solar shoppers comparing their options on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace.

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California home battery rebate: Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) explained

CA home battery rebate for home

California’s SGIP rebate is one of the best incentives in the country for homeowners who want to install a home battery with their solar panels. The Golden State already leads the country in solar energy – it has more solar capacity than any other state in the U.S., and nearly six times more solar than number-two state Arizona. Now, California is becoming a leader in energy storage. Thanks to the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) you can get a rebate for most or all of your solar battery installation in California, and it’s about to become a lot easier for homeowners to access. Here’s everything you need to know about SGIP rebate in 2017.
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How solar panel cost and efficiency have changed over time

solar panel cost and efficiency over time

Solar panel technology has been around in some form for a long time – Bell Labs invented the first useful solar cell more than 60 years ago, and scientists have known for centuries that the sun can be used to produce energy. However, it’s only in the last ten years or so that solar photovoltaics (PV) has really taken off as a renewable energy source. There are two major factors influencing the technology’s growth: the steady improvement of both solar panel cost and solar panel efficiency over time.  Continue reading

Congress extends solar tax credit – everything you need to know about the federal ITC

federal solar tax credit itc extension

Congress has voted to extend the solar tax credit for homeowners through 2021.

Homeowners, solar companies, and industry advocates alike were given a big Christmas gift in 2015 when Congress approved the 2016 federal spending bill and extended the solar panel tax credit. The December 18 bill contained a 5-year solar tax credit extension, which makes solar more affordable for all Americans. Wondering how this impacts you? EnergySage has the answers.

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Best solar inverters review: SolarEdge vs. Enphase vs. SMA vs. Tigo

best solar inverters enphase vs solaredge vs sma

If you want to maximize your solar energy system’s production, finding the best solar inverter is as important as the solar panels you choose. For an “uncomplicated” roof – one that faces south and has no gables, chimneys, or other obstructions that can cast a shadow – the best solar inverter for you may be a standard string inverter. However, more than half of new residential solar installations are using module-level power electronics (MLPEs) like power optimizers and microinverters to maximize electricity production.

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