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8 Solar Energy Facts

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The U.S. solar industry has witnessed remarkable growth in the past decade while the cost of solar has declined by nearly 70 percent.  Now that solar has entered the mainstream, everyday homeowners are starting to wonder how much solar could save them and how simple making the switch really could be. If you’re starting to think about installing solar panels, it’s helpful to understand the big picture for solar power. In this article, we’ll break down eight solar energy facts that may surprise you.

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How do solar panels work?

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As the cost of solar energy has plummeted in recent years alongside major improvements in technical efficiencies and manufacturing quality, many homeowners across the U.S. are starting to look at solar as a viable alternative energy solution. And as solar enters mainstream energy markets, the big question is, “how do solar panels work?” In this article, we’ll break down exactly how solar panels produce energy for your home and how pragmatic going solar really is.

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Solar panel installation guide: how to install solar panels in 5 steps

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More than a million homes have already gone solar in the U.S., and many more homeowners are considering installing solar. If you’re in the market for solar, you probably want to know what actually happens during a solar panel installation, or even how to install solar panels yourself. There are five big steps that need to happen after you sign your solar contract before the solar panels on your roof can actually power your home, and a lot of it is behind the scenes. To show you what you can expect, we’ve outlined a simple five-step guide for the typical solar installation process.

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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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Best solar companies in Arizona for 2019

Reading Time: 2 minutesSolar 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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How much do solar panels cost in Florida in 2019?

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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. 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 panel incentives in Florida and explain what a solar panel system will most likely cost.

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Solar carports: how do they work and how much do they cost?

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhile a typical carport or patio cover provides shading and is undoubtedly a value-add for a home or automobile owner, its one-dimensional simplicity is a missed opportunity. If you’re a PV fanatic following emerging technologies in the solar industry, you may have already spotted the solar industry’s solution: solar canopies, also known as solar carports . 

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2019 SREC prices: explaining how to sell your RECs in the U.S.

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What are SRECs?

If you’ve been researching the best solar energy incentives available in 2019, you have likely heard something about solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). SRECs are a tradable commodity that you obtain from owning a solar panel system and producing clean energy. Because of a common state requirement known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), many utilities must generate a certain percentage of their energy from renewable sources, typically at least 20 percent. In several states and Washington D.C., the RPS specifies that a certain percentage of the renewable energy produced must come from solar power. States with this type of “solar carve-out” are willing to pay significant amounts of money to take credit for the power generated by solar homeowners.

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