Author Archives: Jacob Marsh

Solar Christmas lights: power your holiday decorations with the sun

solar christmas lights

The holiday season has arrived, and it’s time to unravel your extension cords and string up those Christmas lights. They may not look like much, but they do use electricity – if you keep your string lights up for several weeks, you may end up with a surprisingly large electric bill after all those presents are unwrapped. Luckily, solar isn’t just for your rooftop: it also offers a renewable alternative to conventional holiday lights. Solar powered Christmas lights are a great option for energy-conscious holiday decorators.

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Everything you need to know about Minnesota community solar

minnesota community solar

Thanks to consumer-friendly legislation, Minnesota’s community solar industry gained serious momentum in 2017, and it’s expected to grow exponentially in the years to come. For Minnesotans looking to take advantage of solar power without installing a solar energy system on your property, the options are promising.

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Solar news: We Energies transitions to solar, U.S. schools turn to solar energy, Zero Mass uses solar panels to take drinking water from the air

zero mass water source panels

Wisconsin utility We Energies moves away from coal and towards solar generation, a new report on the 5,500 U.S. schools that rely on solar power, and Zero Mass’s solar water-collecting panels are the headlines in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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Are solar panels resistant to salt and corrosion?

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If you live by the ocean, the air around you contains high levels of salt. You may be wondering whether a high-salt environment  could cause damage to your solar energy system. When comparing your options for solar, it is important to know how well your solar panels will hold up if you live in an area where environmental factors like salty air and water are present. In this article, we will look at how salty air and water can damage or generally impact outdoor electronics and metals, and if solar panels are at risk for damage.

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What happens when a solar company files for bankruptcy?

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The solar industry is growing rapidly, which means solar installers and manufacturers are competing with ever-growing numbers of companies for space in the market. This can lead to bankruptcy cases for solar companies who fall behind in the industry, as seen recently with Sungevity and SolarWorld. As a solar shopper you may be concerned about the state of warranty coverage for your panels in the event that the solar company you are working with goes under. In this article, we will look at solar manufacturers and installers, and what their financial positions mean to you as their customer.

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Solar news: Oregon requires “solar ready” homes, California’s 2020 renewables projection, bio-solar photosynthetic technology

In the future, solar panels could look like wallpaper thanks to “bio-photovoltaics.”

Oregon’s governor pens an executive order mandating “solar ready” new homes within about three years, California expects to get 50 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020, and a next-generation solar panel method using living organisms in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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SolarWorld: bankruptcy status, trade case, and warranties

solarworld bankruptcy trade case

SolarWorld Industries GmbH (formerly SolarWorld AG) is a major player in the solar panel manufacturing space, and the company has had a year full of change. After it declared insolvency earlier this year and went through a reorganization and acquisition process, the company joined manufacturer Suniva to petition the government for tariffs against imported solar panels. Now, you may be wondering how SolarWorld’s financial standing impacts the coverage on their solar modules. In this article, we will look back at SolarWorld’s turbulent year and where they stand now, and we’ll examine their updated warranty offerings and consumer protections.

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Should you install solar panel snow guards?

snow guards for solar panels

When you install rooftop solar you save thousands on your electric bill, but if you live somewhere that gets lots of snow in the winter, you may also be at risk for a winter-specific side effect. Sometimes, large amounts of snow will slide off your solar panels all at once, which can damage your property. In this article, we will discuss solar snow guards, what they do, and why you might want to ask your solar installer to include them in your solar array.

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Solar news: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approves new solar programs, solar power costs expected to fall even further, solar securitizations pass $1 billion in 2017

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In this week’s Solar News Roundup, the International Renewable Energy Agency predicts that solar power costs will fall by 60 percent in the next decade, Hawaii sets up two new solar-friendly programs, and total solar securitizations in 2017 pass $1 billion.

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