Solar news: falling high-efficiency solar panel prices, solar+storage options beating out natural gas

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In this week’s Solar News Roundup, we explore the massive price drop in high-efficiency solar panels over the past year, plus an early indication that solar battery systems are a viable solution for peak electricity demand.

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What are the disadvantages of fossil fuels?

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For the vast majority of the world, fossil fuels continue to be the primary source of energy production. More and more, however, renewable technologies like solar energy are rivaling the potential of traditional fossil fuels. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the disadvantages of fossil fuels, and why the future of energy likely won’t rely on these energy sources.

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Renew Financial review: everything you need to know about CaliforniaFIRST financing and PACE

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Solar loans are the fastest-growing method of financing a solar panel installation your home or business. Across the country, more than half of all new solar installations are done with either a cash purchase or through a solar loan.

Based in sunny California, Renew Financial is one of the leading providers of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing in the country. If you’re comparing quotes for solar installations or other home energy upgrades from different contractors, you may have seen a CaliforniaFIRST or other financing option from Renew Financial.

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Sense Home Energy Monitor: the complete review

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The Sense Home Energy Monitor is a convenient tech-enabled option for homeowners that want a detailed understanding of their electricity use. Install the Sense monitor to your electricity panel and, with the help of an app, you’ll know which appliances are in use, how much you’ve used those appliances over time, and how you can reduce your electricity bill.

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Solar news: Tesla plans Australian “virtual power plant,” scientists make an organic solar cell breakthrough

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In this week’s Solar News Roundup, we take a look at an ambitious new project from Elon Musk and Tesla, as well as a report from a Berkeley lab on the potential future of high-efficiency organic solar cells.

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Tesla Energy announces solar partnership with Home Depot

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In February 2018, Tesla announced a partnership with home-improvement giant Home Depot to sell and promote Tesla Energy solar installations. As a result, we’ve been receiving lots of questions about the new Tesla Home Depot partnership from shoppers on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace.

Through the partnership, Tesla will be setting up large displays of Tesla Energy products so that shoppers can see them up close in about 800 stores across the country. Displays will be staffed with Tesla Energy employees to answer questions and talk to shoppers about installing solar. 

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How safe are solar batteries for your home?

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One of the best ways to take full advantage of solar energy is to install an energy storage system along with your solar panels. Solar batteries allow you to store the excess energy produced by your solar system for later use when the sun isn’t shining. Batteries are complex products, and it is important to understand the safety implications of installing a home solar battery.

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Solar power companies in the U.S.: which should you choose?

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One of the most important decisions you make when installing solar is which company will provide and install your panels. There are a few large solar players who are always mentioned in conversations about solar electric companies and your options for installation. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of these big players and if you should consider working with them for your home solar project.

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