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Comparing the Top Community Solar States: Minnesota, California, Massachusetts and Colorado

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Community solar – the concept of leasing or owning a share of a large solar array rather than having a personal solar installation on your rooftop – continues to gain popularity across the continental United States. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), there will be a 1.8 gigawatt (GW) increase in installed photovoltaics from community solar arrays over the next five years.  Minnesota, Colorado, California and Massachusetts – the undisputed best states for community solar – will drive the majority of that growth. You might wonder, why are these four states so ideal for roofless solar compared to the 46 others in the U.S.? Here’s how these community solar leaders rose to the top.

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Solar Energy News: Solar Panels Can Be Integrated into Fabrics; 32,000 Nevada Homeowners Get Favorable Net Metering Change; North Carolina Becomes #2 State for Solar

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The biggest annual conference in the solar industry, Solar Power International, was this week, and with SPI’s industry buzz came a number of exciting developments in solar. A major net metering win for Nevada homeowners, a new wearable textile that can integrate solar cells and news of North Carolina dethroning Arizona as the number two state for solar are the headlines we’re talking about in this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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3,000 Watt (3kW) Solar Systems: Compare 2017 Prices and Installers

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If you have high electricity bills, installing a 3,000 watt (3 kilowatt) solar energy system on your home can be a great way to significantly reduce your monthly costs. In order to maximize your long-term solar savings, you want to be confident that you’re getting a good price for your solar energy investment. The best way to feel confident about your purchase: compare multiple offers for 3 kW solar systems against the prices that other solar shoppers in your area have been offered. Learn more about the cost of a 3 kW solar system in your area, the amount of electricity you can expect your 3 kW system to produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar in EnergySage’s guide to 3 kW solar panel systems. 

How much does a 3kW solar system cost in 2017?

As of January 2017, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is $3.26 per watt ($9,780 for a 3 kilowatt solar system). That means that the total cost for a 3,000 watt (3kW) solar system would be $6,846 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

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Do solar panels work in the winter? Solar snow performance explained

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In some cases, the bitter cold months are actually the best time to go solar. EnergySage solar shoppers often see the lowest price on solar quotes during winter months

Memories of cold, snowy winters past can be discouraging even for the hardiest homeowner. If you’re considering going solar, you might be wondering whether solar panels and snow are a bad combination. On the contrary, EnergySage marketplace data has indicated that solar shoppers can often find the lowest quotes during winter months when competition is reduced. After all, if you look at solar as an investment, then it should be able to generate returns throughout the year as other investments do. Luckily, plenty of people have both solar panels and snow, and some of the most popular regions in the U.S. for solar have snowy winters. Don’t let winter weather discourage you from going solar!

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Solar Energy News: New Solar Device Can Purify Water, Virginia Governor Launches Back to Back Utility Scale Solar Projects

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For the everyday solar enthusiast, the past two weeks have been a handful with more developments and announcements than one can count. A solar device that purifies water, steep solar growth in Virginia thanks to a green-happy Governor and news of layoffs for SolarCity following the company’s acquisition by Tesla are the headlines that caught our eye in this week’s Solar Energy News Report.

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How Much Does A 15000 Watt (15kW) Solar System Cost?

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If you have high electricity bills, installing a 15-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on your home can be a great way to significantly reduce your monthly costs. In order to maximize your long-term solar savings, you want to be confident that you’re getting a good price for your solar energy investment. The best way to feel confident about your purchase: compare multiple offers for 15 kW solar systems against the prices that other solar shoppers in your area have been offered. Learn more about the cost of a 15 kW solar system in your area, the amount of electricity you can expect your 15 kW system to produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar in EnergySage’s guide to 15 kW solar panel systems. 

How Much Does a 15kW Solar System Cost in 2017?

As of January 2017, the average cost of solar in the U.S. is $3.26 per watt ($48,900 for a 15 kilowatt system). That means that the total cost for a 15kW solar system would be $34,230 after the 30% Federal ITC discount (not factoring in any additional state rebates or incentives).

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Solar Energy News: New Solar Technology Can Remove CO2 From the Atmosphere, GE’s South Boston Headquarters Will Run On Solar Power

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It was certainly a week to remember for the solar industry, filled with state support for renewable energy and beautified visualizations of corporations running on solar. GE’s new solar powered headquarters, a new device that can remove CO2 from the atmosphere and some exciting state commitments to renewable energy are the bright headlines we’re discussing from this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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Solar Energy News: Solar Impulse Makes Iconic Descent into Abu Dhabi; New Research Reveals Solar Benefitting Entire State of MA; Investors Reforming Chernobyl Site with Solar Power

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The hottest month of the summer is slowly coming to an end, but the momentum around solar power is still just heating up. News of Solar Impulse’s completed flight around the world, a plan to reform and reinvigorate Chernobyl with solar production and new research on the benefits of solar for all ratepayers are the pivotal headlines that we’re highlighting in this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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New Report Says Solar Panels Increase Home Value

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Installing solar panels can significantly increase your property’s value, according to a new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL). The report, titled “Selling into the sun: Price premium analysis of a multi-state dataset of solar homes“, builds on previous research which concluded that homes with solar panels in California sold for more than those without.

In addition to California, the new study investigates home pricing trends Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania by analyzing the sales of over 20,000 homes in these states. LBL’s analysis of the housing markets in these other states shows that the premium paid for homes with solar is not a phenomenon isolated to the Golden State.

The takeaway is this: If you are thinking about purchasing a solar system for your home, the study’s conclusions should give you a boost of confidence that you are making a smart investment. LBL finds that homes with solar panels will benefit from a ‘solar premium’ when they are sold because buyers are willing to pay more for a home with solar panels. Continue reading

Worcester Solar Panels: Comparing Interest in Boston vs. Worcester

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Solar power has become increasingly popular in recent years, and Massachusetts is doing its part to contribute to the solar revolution – the Bay State has the number six spot on the Solar Energy Industries Association’s top 10 states for solar power. The major motivator: high electricity prices and some of the best financial incentives for solar in the country. The average Massachusetts homeowner can save tens of thousands of dollars on their electricity bills over the lifetime of their solar energy system.

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