5 solar shopping tips for environmentalists

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Generating electricity with your own rooftop solar panel system is one of the most effective ways to reduce your personal carbon footprint. In fact, the average solar panel system can help offset three to four tons of carbon emissions annually–for perspective, the impact of those carbon reductions is similar to planting more than 100 trees each year!

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Solar O&M plans and providers

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For most, a solar installation is a “set-and-forget” investment, but not always: problems may come up with your system over time, from damaged panels to faulty wiring and more. You may have heard of “operations and maintenance,” or O&M, plans designed to help catch problems as they come up and fix them quickly so you can keep generating free energy from the sun. In this article, we’ll take a look at what O&M providers actually do, different types of monitoring and panel maintenance plans, and who the major providers in the space are.

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Financing solar with a home equity loan

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As you’re comparing your solar options, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is how you’ll pay for your system. Fortunately, there are many accessible financing options available for those looking to install solar with little–or no–money upfront.

Given the number of solar financing options and the differences between them, we often get questions about the pros and cons of certain loans – truthfully, every financing solution has both. In this article, we’ll give you a quick overview of factors to consider with one common solar financing option: home equity loans.

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Q&A with Enphase: the Encharge

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Installations of energy storage systems are skyrocketing throughout the country over the last couple of years. In fact, residential installs increased 500 percent from 2017 to 2018! A number of different companies are introducing batteries to help meet this increased demand, creating a crowded field of products to choose from.

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Connecticut solar battery incentives

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If you’re a homeowner in CT, you’re probably very familiar with the state’s harsh winters: frequent nor’easters have many people across New England looking for ways to keep their homes up and running during powerful storms. Fortunately, solar batteries can do just that: thanks to declining costs, federal tax credits, and–for customers of Eversource–utility incentives, solar batteries are more affordable than ever before. Here’s a quick summary of the battery incentives currently available in Connecticut:

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Long duration storage: what you need to know 2020

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As states and cities throughout the country embrace the renewable energy transition, setting and committing to 100 percent clean energy targets, one crucial gap remains in ultimately meeting those targets: how do you stretch the production from renewable resources like wind and solar to keep powering the country even when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing? Enter long duration storage, the promising broad category of technologies that can fill this gap.

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How to read your SRP electricity bill

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If you live in Phoenix and don’t pay Arizona Public Service (APS) for electricity, chances are you’re an electricity customer of Salt River Project (SRP): this public utility company, which also supplies water, delivers electricity to more than 1 million customers in the region. 

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