2018 energy tax credits that can save you money

2018 energy tax credits

Home energy upgrades can reduce your monthly electric bills, but they don’t always come cheap. Whether you’re interested in solar, energy efficiency, electric cars, or all of the above, there are energy tax credits available in 2018 that will make home energy upgrades easier on your wallet.

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Net metering in Massachusetts: one of the Bay State’s top solar incentives

net metering massachusetts 2018

The best states to go solar in all have at least one thing in common, and that is beneficial net metering policies. Massachusetts’ net metering policy allows property owners to send electricity generated by their solar panel system onto the grid, and receive credit on future electric bills for excess energy produced by the system. 

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How the Sunrun & Costco solar partnership works

sunrun costco solar program

If you regularly shop at Costco, you may have spotted a kiosk for home solar installations in the store, or even spoken to a store representative about installing solar panels. Costco has a partnership with Sunrun, one of the largest residential solar companies in the country, to offer their members special benefits when they go solar. Here are the details of Costco’s partnership with Sunrun.

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SRECTrade: everything you need to know about the leading SREC aggregator

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Solar energy renewable certificates (SRECs) are some of the most attractive solar incentives available in the United States. Many states with renewable portfolio standards (RPS) have special “solar carve outs” that require a certain amount of energy production to come from solar. These states use SRECs as a way to promote solar installations and compensate system owners for the energy their panels generate.

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What are the top solar panel companies & manufacturers in the USA ?

top solar panel companies and manufacturers

Who are the top solar companies in the world and in the USA? Industry analysts from SPV, SEIA and other organizations offer their top rankings, based on updated shipping forecasts from each of the companies included. Continue reading

Are solar panels really worth it?

is solar worth it?

Every solar company has a variation of the same sales pitch, “did you know going solar can save thousands of dollars?” They make it sound so easy, but the truth is, whether solar is a smart long-term investment for you depends on a few major factors. So before you buy into the hype, we recommend you use this simple guide to cut through the sales jargon and determine if solar panels are actually worth the money.

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How will the 2017 tax bill impact solar?

 2017 tax bill solar

The tax bill that Congress passed at the end of 2017 is now officially in effect, and there are changes that impact many industries across the country. Early versions of the bill contained provisions that had the potential to harm renewable energy industries. Luckily, the financial incentives that reduce the cost of installing solar are intact. Below are some of our top takeaways from the recent tax bill.

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Tesla solar roof cost vs. solar panels: worth the premium?

tesla solar roof vs solar panels

This past spring, Tesla announced pricing for their new solar roof product, a roof replacement for your home. And as of January 2018, Tesla has announced they are now producing the roof product at their Buffalo Gigafactory. Installations have begun for the top of their wait list though mass market availability still remains unclear.

The new solution requires that you replace your existing roof with Tesla’s blend of non-solar glass tiles and solar-enabled glass tiles. It is an elegant new product, designed with great aesthetics, and due to its immense popularity, we wanted to explore the question: does installing this new roof make financial sense for your home? After initial analysis, we’ve found that for the majority of homeowners the answer is “not yet.” Unless you’re in the market for a roof replacement, Tesla’s new solar roof is simply too expensive for the average American homeowner to justify as a home energy upgrade.

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Sharing the sun: Community solar gardens taking off around US

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With strong government incentives and falling equipment costs, going solar has never made more financial sense on such a broad scale. Testament to this is the tremendous increase of the number of American homes & businesses with solar panels on their roofs in recent years. But at the same time, not everyone has a roof of their own, and even those who do might have one that is shaded or otherwise unsuitable for solar. Community-owned solar projects – sometimes called community solar gardens, or shared solar farms – promise a way for the roofless and ‘roof-impaired’ to go solar. Continue reading

Illinois SREC program: changes coming for SRECs in IL

illinois srec program

The best states to go solar aren’t always the sunniest; those who benefit the most from installing a solar PV system for their home spend a lot in electricity, and live in a state with good solar incentives.

Illinois may not have the year-round sunshine of of the Southwest, but it does have a great solar market because of the available financial incentives. In addition to the 30 percent federal solar tax credit for solar system owners, Illinois residents can receive additional financial benefits through the state’s solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) market.

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