Author Archives: Luke Tarbi

How much do solar panels cost in Texas in 2018? Case study, incentives and pricing

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Until just recently, Texas was not even among the top 10 states for solar energy, thus many were surprised when the Lone Star State was ranked #3 in the U.S. for solar jobs in 2017. Texas is adopting solar at one of the fastest rates in the country, and for good reason. Prices have continued to drop, and a number of utilities across the state launched or extended major incentive programs for solar PV systems recently. In this article we’ll break down Texas solar prices and use a case study to explain how comparison shopping can help homeowners get a better deal.
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How do I choose my solar panels? Guide to choosing your solar equipment

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Installing a home solar energy system is a smart financial investment for many homeowners. As you evaluate offers from solar companies, there are many different factors to consider – the equipment that you choose for your system, your financing options, and the installer that you select all have an impact on your solar savings. This guide will help you evaluate the different solar panels and inverters available so that you can choose the best equipment for your home.  Continue reading

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Solar grow lights: how solar panels benefit urban agriculture

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What do growing cannabis in Colorado, greens in South Korea, and sustaining life in space all have in common? While it may sound like the setup to a bad joke, all three are actually related to the future of modern agriculture. Indoor agriculture enables individuals to control all of the variables that go into farming, but it also means that the farmer has to recreate all of the natural conditions on earth — from the soil in the earth to the sun in the sky. Solar power can and will play a big part in making this all achievable. Continue reading

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The cost of electricity by state: which state’s energy prices are rising the fastest?

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Did you know that the electricity rates that your utility charges increase every year?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), retail residential electricity rates (the amount you pay per kilowatt-hour, or ¢/kWh) have risen across the nation at a rate of about 4% on average over the last 10 years. This rate change can vary significantly based on which state you live.
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Austin Energy net metering: unique policies and solar incentives in Texas

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VOST_Austin_blogGoing solar saves you money on your monthly electrical bill. The amount of your savings varies by size and location of the system. But how does it work financially and administratively with your utility? Currently, two types of policy are widely used: the Value of Solar Tariff and Net Metering. The decision of which one to use can be controversial. Continue reading

How much do solar panels cost in Pittsburgh in 2017?

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The past decade has seen astounding growth in the U.S. solar industry across the board, but a few key states have led the way. Though many stakeholders are aware of the popularity of solar in sunny states like California, Florida and Arizona, very few are aware that Pennsylvania is one of the top states for solar in the country with some of the industry’s best prices. Over 34,000 PA homes are currently powered by solar and the state has witnessed a 64% decline in prices over the past 5 years. In this article we’ll explain what to expect a solar installation to cost in Pittsburgh and offer some advice for solar shoppers in the greater Pittsburgh area.
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What is an SREC? Net metering credits explained

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what is an srec graphic People often think SRECs and net-metering are the same thing, but really, the comparison is like apples to oranges. It’s true that they are both important to getting the best financial results from your solar PV system, but SRECs and solar net-metering actually have very different, distinct functions.

SRECs are a way to put cash in your pockets while net-metering is an efficient way to manage the finances related to your utility bill. Both can have positive financial effects and understanding the difference between the two can help you, as the owner of a solar PV system, to maximize the benefits of both. Here’s how it all works: Continue reading

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Solar panels for churches: How congregations benefit from solar

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In the age of clean energy and efficient building design, most if not all locations can benefit from solar energy, and holy buildings such as churches, mosques and synagogues are certainly one of them. In this article, we’ll explain why congregations of all faiths should consider installing on their community’s church.
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