Category Archives: Solar 101

Solar information: what should I know before I go solar?

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When it comes to big ticket purchases, a solar panel installation is one of the most complex. The benefits of solar energy are fairly simple: you’ll significantly reduce your energy expenses while also upgrading from fossil fuels to a clean renewable solution. However, it’s important to maximize your potential savings and system output with solar. In order to do so, there’s a vast amount of information that you need to understand. This article will give you a holistic view on all the solar information you should get before signing the dotted line with a solar contractor.

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How much does a 20,000 Watt (20 kW) solar system cost in 2017?

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If you’re shopping for a solar energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “how much will it cost?” Prices depend on the size of your system, the type of equipment you choose, and the state that you live in, but reviewing prices for a 20 kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start for many smaller homes. Learn more about how much a 20 kW solar system costs, how much electricity a 20 kW system will produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar.

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Solar for metal roofs: top 5 things you need to know

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Metal roofs are light, durable, and often made of eco-friendly recycled materials, so it’s no wonder that installing solar for metal roofs is an increasingly popular topic among homeowners. If you fall into this category, the good news is that metal is one of the best roof materials for solar panels. Ease of installation, durability, and environmental benefits are just three of the reasons to consider putting solar panels on a metal roof.

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How much does a 4,000 Watt (4 kW) solar system cost in 2017?

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If you’re shopping for a solar energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “how much will it cost?” Prices depend on the size of your system, the type of equipment you choose, and the state that you live in, but reviewing prices for a 4 kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start for many smaller homes. Learn more about how much a 4 kW solar system costs, how much electricity a 4 kW system will produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar.

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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 for churches: How congregations benefit from solar panels

In the age of clean energy and efficient building design, most if not all locations can benefit from solar energy, and holy buildings such as churches, mosques and synagogues are certainly one of them. In this article, we’ll explain why congregations of all faiths should consider installing on their community’s church.
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Solar sheds, community solar and more: alternatives to rooftop solar

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Homeowners across the United States are reducing their electricity costs and their carbon footprints by installing solar. For many solar shoppers, rooftop systems are the best home solar option. However, not every home has a roof that’s suitable for solar. Certain roof types, like slate and cedar tiles, are too fragile for solar panels. If trees shade your roof, you’ll have less-than-ideal solar electricity production, and some homeowners’ associations and historical associations have rules that restrict solar panel installations.

Luckily, there are a variety of alternative solar options for every situation. Whatever the reason is that you can’t install rooftop solar, there’s a solution available that can suit your needs.

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How Much Do Solar Panels Save?

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Do solar panels really save you money?

With so many trendy investment opportunities available in today’s day and age, it’s easy to be skeptical of new products that boast promises of “saving you tons of money.” Solar panels are no different – saving money through reducing your electric bill is one of the main appeals and selling points for solar as a product and home upgrade. The simple answer to the question “do solar panels really save you money?” is yes. That being said, how much you’ll save depends on a number of factors. Direct hours of daily sunlight and size and angle of roof are both important, but local electricity rates play the biggest role in determining how much solar can save you.

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What is the history of solar energy?

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Though solar power has found a dynamic and established role in today’s clean energy economy, there’s a long history behind photovoltaics (PV) that brought the concept of solar energy to fruition. With the way the cost of solar has plummeted in the past decade, it’s easy to forget that going solar had a completely different meaning even just 15 years ago. Let’s go back a few centuries to the origins of solar PV and explore the roots of the silicon solar technology known so well today.

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What is Net Metering? SRECs comparison

what is an srec graphic People often think SRECs and net-metering are the same thing, but really, the comparison is like apples to oranges. It’s true that they are both important to getting the best financial results from your solar PV system, but SRECs and net-metering actually have very different, distinct functions.

SRECs are a way to put cash in your pockets while net-metering is an efficient way to manage the finances related to your utility bill. Both can have positive financial effects and understanding the difference between the two can help you, as the owner of a solar PV system, to maximize the benefits of both. Here’s how it all works: Continue reading