Author Archives: Kerry Thoubboron

About Kerry Thoubboron

Kerry has worked in solar for more than 5 years, starting out as an Energy Advisor helping customers compare their options and make well-informed solar decisions. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in Environmental Analysis and Policy. Outside of work, you can find Kerry snowboarding, watching The Office, or having passionate debates about which New England state is best (spoiler: it's Vermont).

Q&A with Eguana Technologies

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Thanks to resiliency and economic benefits, many homeowners throughout the country are considering installing energy storage systems. But with this increased demand comes an increase in products available in the market, making it harder to determine the best battery solution for you and your home.

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Federal ITC savings: 2020 vs. 2021

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One question we field a lot at EnergySage is whether it’s the right time to install solar panels. For anyone asking that question in 2020, the answer is often as soon as possible: given the looming step down and expiration of the federal investment tax credit (ITC), solar shoppers who wait until 2021 or later to move forward will be missing out on major tax savings – but just how much?

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Power purchase agreements: what you need to know

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There are many $0-down financing options available for going solar, including both ownership (i.e. solar loan) or third-party-owned (i.e. leases) solutions. Many homeowners looking for an easy, low-cost, maintenance-free way to install a solar panel system move forward with a power purchase agreement (PPA). In this article, we’ll give you an overview of solar PPAs and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this financing solution to help you decide whether it’s the best option for you.

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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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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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EnerBank USA solar loans: the complete review

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Solar loans are the fastest growing method of financing a solar panel installation. Across the country, the majority of new solar installations are purchased with either a cash purchase or through a solar loan. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, EnerBank USA is a popular company in the home-improvement lending industry. If you’re comparing solar quotes from a few different solar installers, you may have received a loan option from EnerBank.

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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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Upsolar solar panels: the complete review

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Upsolar is a global solar panel manufacturer, established in 2006. Though they started out in China, the company manufactures panels in a variety of regions, including the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In addition to manufacturing solar panel equipment, Upsolar also provides solar loans and develops large-scale solar projects.

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Mission Solar: the complete review

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Mission Solar is a U.S. based solar panel manufacturer headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Though newer to the market than other panel manufacturers, Mission Solar panels are becoming an increasingly popular option with shoppers on the EnergySage Marketplace. Because they assemble solar panel modules in the U.S., Mission Solar modules are exempt from Trump’s solar tariff.

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