Author Archives: Jacob Marsh

About Jacob Marsh

Jacob is an EnergySage writer with expertise in solar, electrification, and renewable energy. With over five years of experience researching and writing about the home energy industry (plus a degree in Geological Sciences from Tufts University), he brings a unique scientific approach to writing and investigating all things energy.

tesla powerwall review

Tesla Powerwall complete review: cost and features

The Tesla Powerwall is a popular battery storage option considered by many Americans looking to add energy storage in an effort to reduce their electricity bills and protect themselves from outages. This article will explain what it costs, how it works, and what else you should know if you’re considering a Powerwall for your home.

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where does your electricity come from

Where does your electricity come from?

The electric grid brings power to every corner of the U.S., but the electricity flowing through the wires doesn’t come from the same sources everywhere. Depending on where you live, the electricity that makes its way to your property comes from different mixes of generating capacity, from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas to renewables like hydroelectric power, biomass, solar, and wind power.

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solar panel cleaning

Lower solar panel production? Try a quick cleaning

While a solar energy system is generally a “set it and forget it” system that allows you to passively produce renewable energy for your home, you may need to freshen up your panels occasionally. While it’s not absolutely necessary to clean solar panels, you may be losing out on value and efficiency by not doing so. In this article, we’ll provide answers to some common questions solar panel system owners have about solar panel maintenance and how to perform it safely.

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Pros and cons of solar energy

Pros and cons of solar energy explained

If you’re thinking about installing a solar panel system, it’s important to consider the benefits and drawbacks involved with going solar. Solar is a revolutionary energy solution for property owners of any type, but like any energy decision, choosing to go solar has various advantages and disadvantages you should keep in mind. In this article, we’ll outline some of the most important pros and cons of installing solar.

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flexible solar panels

Flexible solar panels: which ones are best and are they right for you?

Solar panel technology is rapidly advancing every year, and new developments like flexible solar panels are constantly evolving. Compared to traditional solar panels, these panels typically have a lightweight design, often serve as battery chargers for your devices, and can be used independent of the electric grid. If you’re interested in installing flexible solar panels to easily produce solar energy on-the-go, read on to learn what they are, view our flexible solar panel buyer’s guide, and understand how they compare to standard solar systems.

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solar panel efficiency

What are the most efficient solar panels? Top Brands in 2023

In the past years, solar technology has been making leaps and bounds towards higher solar cell efficiency, power output, and overall quality. Nowadays, solar panels have conversion efficiencies over 20 percent on average, compared to their previous average of less than 15 percent. They also now mostly come with a warranty of 10-25 years, helping you feel more confident in the longevity of your purchase. It is important to know what determines solar panel efficiency before making a purchase so your investment in solar can generate the most energy and ultimately save the most money on your electric bill.

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Solar generators

Our guide to the best solar generators

Solar isn’t just for rooftops – you can use portable solar products like solar generators as a backup power source if the grid goes down, or as a source of electricity for your campsite, RV, or boat. But what is a solar generator exactly? And how does it compare with typical fossil-fuel powered generators? In this article, we’ll break down the key things you need to know about solar generators so you can decide if they’re right for you!

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solar panel recycling

Solar panel recycling: what you need to know

Solar power is one of the fastest-growing clean energy sources, but what happens to old panels? Solar panels have a lifetime of about 30 years. With the increasing number of solar panels being sold and installed in the U.S. each year, it’s only a matter of time before high volumes of panels are at the end of their useful life and have to be disposed of. Solar panel recycling is still at an early stage, but as the renewable energy market continues to expand, recycling processes will play an increasingly important role.

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Sun Number

Sun Score: what you need to know about your property’s Sun Number

If you’ve shopped for solar before, you may have come across something known as “Sun Number” or sun score. Like EnergySage, Sun Number received funding from the Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative to innovate in the solar energy space. Read on to learn more about how a property’s Sun Number is calculated and what your sun score means for going solar.

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solar trackers overview

Solar trackers: everything you need to know

There are many unique ways to design and install a solar energy system for your property in order to power your home with solar power. If you’re considering a ground-mounted solar panel installation, you might be considering a solar tracking system so that your panels follow the sun across the sky. In this article, we’ll explain what a solar tracker is, the different types available, and how to decide if a tracking system is right for you.

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