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Where Are Solar Panels Made and Should You Care?

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One of the things you may have questions about as you shop around for a solar system is where the solar panels are manufactured. This article will help you determine whether a panel’s country of manufacture should be a key consideration for you.

Does it matter where solar panel companies are based and where they make the panels?

When it comes to quality, the mention of any country’s name will evoke an association; each nation has its own brand image, which may or may not be justified. You as a smart solar shopper, however, will want to look at the facts in order to make a more well-informed decision. Our recommendation is to judge each panel by its own merits. (A good place to start is EnergySage’s Solar Buyer’s Guide.) Continue reading

Solar Energy News: Solar-Powered Plane Crosses the Pacific, Oil Workers Moving into the Solar Sector, AT&T and SunPower Launch Wireless Residential Solar

solar powered plane crosses pacific EnergySageThe solar industry is soaring in 2016 just like the solar-powered plane that soared for 72 hours across the Pacific this past week. The arrival of Solar Impulse 2 in California, a new solar-powered town under construction in Florida and a mass migration of Texas workers from the oil industry to solar are three of the headlines you need to know in this week’s solar energy news report.

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Compare the top solar lease companies: SolarCity, Vivint, NRG, Sungevity, Sunrun, Astrum, Sunnova, SunPower & Clean Power Finance

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Who are the top solar leasing companies in the country, and how do they differ in structure and business model? This article aims to answer these questions, examining some of the biggest solar lease providers in the US – SolarCity, Vivint Solar, NRG Solar, Sungevity, Clean Power FinanceSunrun, Astrum Solar, SunnovaSunPower and Clean Power Finance.

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Compare solar panel prices in Massachusetts: How to get the best deal

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Its a great time for consumers considering installing solar panel systems in Massachusetts.  Solar PV system prices fell 12% – 19% in 2013 and are expected to drop an impressive drop of 12% this year alone. It’s figures like this that have analysts from Deutsche Bank reporting that solar is well on its way to beating conventional generation technologies on cost.

In line with this trend, prices for solar panels in Massachusetts are also on the decline. But how can residents of the Bay State make sure that they’re not paying last year’s prices? We’ve identified three things shoppers can do to make sure they get a good deal based on some analysis of price figures from across the state (summarized in the Chart below). Continue reading

Should You Wait for the Most Efficient Solar Panels?

Should you wait to get the most efficient solar panels?

SolarCity made headlines earlier this month when they announced that they had created “the world’s most efficient solar panels.” In independent laboratory tests by the Renewable Energy Test Center, SolarCity’s new solar panels received a rating of 22.04% efficiency. Given that full production of these panels won’t start until 2017, it’s understandable that solar shoppers are wondering if they should wait until then to buy the most efficient solar panels possible. Before you decide to wait to go solar, there are a few factors you should consider. Continue reading