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what are solar panels made of

How are solar panels made and what are they made of? List of cell types and parts of a solar panel

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Solar has entered the mainstream as the world’s cheapest energy source, leaving many people wondering how solar PV can be so efficient and inexpensive while still providing “green” energy. Answering that question means understanding how solar panels work, how they are made and what parts exactly they are made of. Most solar panels available on the market are made of monocrystalline, polycrystalline, or thin film (“amorphous”) silicon. In this article, we’ll explain the different ways solar cells are made and what parts are required to manufacture a solar panel.

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Tesla’s solar roof: Elon Musk’s glass tiles are the new solar shingles

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If you’ve found it difficult to stay up to date on the future of Tesla Motors and SolarCity in recent months, you are not alone. Numerous industries (solar, electric vehicles, and ridesharing, to name a few) worldwide are starting to feel the impact of a merger that could significantly alter growth plans for manufacturers and executives across the globe. Now the concept of an integrated solar glass shingle – the Tesla solar tile – is on everyone’s mind. 

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Best solar companies in California for 2018

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Solar in the Golden State is heating up. Prices are falling, and solar panels make more sense than ever for CA homeowners. Choosing the right installer for your solar project is one of the most important steps in the solar shopping process, but it can be difficult to know which installers are the best. Check out our updated ranking of the best solar companies in CA, based on factors like consumer satisfaction and total number of completed installations. 

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The advantages and disadvantages of solar energy: 10 pros and cons

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If you’re considering installing a solar panel system, you’ve probably already had your share of exposure to solar marketing, whether through spammy ads promising free solar panels or a knock at the door signaling an eager solar salesman ready to convince you why you should go solar. To make the right decision for your home, you need to be able to distinguish between the real pros and cons of solar energy and the solar myths that are sometimes communicated in the media. 

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Tesla Energy: Has Elon Musk invented the first clean power utility?

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Tesla Motors was once a company that sold solely luxury electric cars, but its founder has set his sights on the creation of a full-throttle home energy solution. The company’s expansion into energy storage and solar power has been heralded by the unveiling of a new division: Tesla Energy.

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How long will my solar panels last?

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One of the most common questions we hear from homeowners considering a solar panel installation is, “how long do solar panels last?” It’s hard to make sense of the upfront cost of going solar without knowing how long you can expect your rooftop panels to produce ample energy. Your solar panels will be able to offset your electricity use for decades, but it is also important to understand industry projections and degradation rate.  Continue reading

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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Florida in 2018?

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It often surprises people to hear that Florida, frequently referred to as “the Sunshine State,” is not the top state for solar. However, while California may hold the #1 spot for the U.S. solar market, Florida is undoubtedly one of the country’s leading states for home solar power. In this article, we’ll break down the top solar incentives in Florida and explain what a solar panel system will most likely cost.

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Ranking the best solar companies in New Jersey

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Solar in the Garden State is heating up. Prices are falling, and solar panels make more sense than ever for NJ homeowners who lament high electricity prices while benefitting from strong local incentives offered to renewable buyers. Choosing the right installer for your solar project is one of the most important steps in the solar shopping process, but it can be difficult to know which installers are best. Check out our updated ranking of the top solar companies in NJ, based on factors like consumer satisfaction and total number of completed installations. 

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What is my carbon footprint? Calculating CO2 impact

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In an age of global climate change, people around the world are looking for ways to reduce their share of the approximately 15 trillion pounds of greenhouse gases emitted each year. In the United States, one of the top three polluters in the world, many Americans are looking into home energy solutions like energy efficient upgrades and solar installations. However, for some homeowners, the first question is “what is my carbon footprint, and what are the biggest contributing factors?” In this article we’ll answer the following questions:

  1. What lifestyle choices influence my carbon footprint?
  2. How do I calculate my own carbon footprint?
  3. What are the best ways to reduce my carbon footprint?

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Best solar companies in Arizona for 2018

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Solar in the Grand Canyon State is heating up. Prices are falling, and solar panels make more sense than ever for AZ homeowners. Choosing the right installer for your solar project is one of the most important steps in the solar shopping process, but it can be difficult to know which installers are the best. Check out our updated ranking of the top solar companies in Arizona, based on factors like consumer satisfaction and total number of completed installations. 

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