Author Archives: Emily Walker

About Emily Walker

Emily is a Content Marketer at EnergySage, where she's an expert in making energy fun and easy to learn about! She has a background in environmental consulting and has degrees in Environmental Science and Biology from Colby College. Outside of work, Emily is pursuing a Master of Science from Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Science and Policy. She also loves hiking, tending to her collection of houseplants, and trying out new restaurants and breweries whenever possible.

hawaii clean energy transition

What to know about Hawaii’s clean energy transition

If you’ve ever lived in or visited Hawaii, you know it’s a special place. One of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, with a number of endemic species, Hawaii is a key place that needs to be preserved. But, just like everywhere in the world, Hawaii’s ecosystems face significant risks due to the Earth’s warming climate.

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The most popular batteries on EnergySage in 2022

Before installing energy storage at your home, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is which equipment to install. But there are many different battery products to choose from – so where’s the best place to start? In this article, we’ll explore the most popular batteries on the EnergySage Marketplace. If you’re curious to learn about other equipment that’s popular on EnergySage, check out this article about the most popular solar panels or this one about the most popular inverters

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How much does it cost to charge a Tesla? EV vs. gas fuel comparison

If you’re considering purchasing a Tesla, one of the top things on your mind is probably how much you’ll pay to charge it. You’re likely familiar with how much it costs to fill up a tank of gas, but charging an electric vehicle (EV) battery is a whole new ballgame! In this article, we’ll explain how much you should expect to pay to charge your Tesla and how this compares to comparable internal combustion engine (ICE) – AKA gas-powered – vehicles. We’ll also walk you through some of the major factors that will impact the cost of charging your Tesla. (Spoiler alert: the best way to lower the cost is to go solar!)

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Community solar companies you should know – and how to choose one

If you’re looking to save some money on electricity costs, community solar is a great option. While you’ll save less over time than if you install solar on your property, signing up for community solar allows you to enjoy some of the benefits of going solar without any upfront investment – it’s also a great option if you’re a renter or don’t have a suitable roof for solar! 

When you subscribe to a community solar project, you’ll pay your project’s provider a discounted rate for the energy generated through your subscription – but who are these project providers? And how do you choose one? In this article, we’ll explain how to evaluate community solar companies and some of the companies you should know about. 

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What’s happening with net metering in Florida? Breaking down House Bill 741

Colloquially referred to as the “Sunshine State,” Florida doesn’t disappoint: on average, about two-thirds of Florida days are sunny! Florida has risen to the top of solar states with its ample sunshine, coming in at third in the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)’s list of top 10 states with cumulative solar electric capacity installed through 2021. 

However, the Florida House and Senate just passed House Bill (HB) 741, which has the potential to damage Florida’s solar industry significantly. In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about HB 741 and what it could mean for you if you’re a Florida resident.

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Most popular inverters

The most popular inverters on EnergySage in 2022

Before going solar, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is which equipment to install. But there are many different inverter products to choose from – so where’s the best place to start? In this article, we’ll explore the most popular inverters on the EnergySage Marketplace. If you’re curious about the most popular solar panels on EnergySage, check out this article.

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What you should know about LG exiting the solar industry

In February 2022, Korean electronic manufacturer LG Solar announced its plans to stop solar panel production at its 550 megawatt (MW) assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama. Production at this facility began in 2018 and it’s currently one of the largest crystalline silicon solar panel manufacturing facilities in the U.S. While the news has shocked some in the industry, others say they’ve seen it coming – but why is LG Solar making this change? And what does it mean for you if you have LG solar panels?

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Community solar developers: what you need to know

If you’re hoping to reap some of the benefits of going solar without physically installing panels on your property, community solar might be the right choice for you. Community solar projects are large, central power plants whose electricity is shared by multiple properties – but who exactly develops these projects and how are they developed? In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about community solar developers. 

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What are the best solar batteries available? Top brands and products of 2022 compared

Storage systems are becoming increasingly attractive home upgrades for homeowners across the country. Whether you’re looking for self-consumption, rate arbitrage during peak hours, or back-up power in case of emergencies, storage systems can provide greater independence, resiliency, and savings–especially if you have solar panels and live in a state without net metering

Because storage systems have become so popular, many companies are now in the market, making it more challenging to compare and decide between the different brands and products available. In this article, we’ll explain some of the most important factors for comparing solar batteries and we’ll discuss some of the best brands and products available now.

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