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Solar Panel Installation Guide: the 5 Step Process

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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. 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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Comparing top solar panel brands: SunPower vs LG, SolarWorld, Panasonic and Canadian Solar

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When it comes to solar panel manufacturers, there is no shortage of options for homeowners in 2019. Solar panel technology is improving every year, and many solar panel companies offer products that boast both high conversion efficiency numbers as well as impressive long-term warranties. SunPower is the leader with regard to efficiency across the board while LG solar panels are known for top tier design and aesthetic, but companies like SolarWorld and Canadian Solar offer much more appealing prices for their solar panels. How do the top PV manufacturers stack up? We’ll help you compare and contrast your options among the industry leaders – SunPower, Panasonic, Canadian Solar, SolarWorld, LG.

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Best solar companies in California for 2019

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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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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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Low cost solar panels for your home: how expensive is solar electricity in 2019?

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The past decade has engendered the era of solar panels for home use. Homes and businesses across the country are transitioning away from a fossil-fueled electricity grid towards a clean energy economy, necessitated by emissions reduction targets in a time of global climate change. Amidst this period of energy reform, solar panel systems for houses are taking off at a remarkable rate. It’s time to give residential solar the credit it deserves. Learn everything there is to know about the booming residential solar industry in our list of home solar FAQs. Continue reading

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Sunrun solar reviews: what are America’s homeowners saying about its top installer?

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With Tesla Energy and SolarCity in a transition phase due to the ongoing merger between the two companies, a new solar behemoth has taken the reigns as America’s top installer. Sunrun now installs more solar systems than any other company in the United States. With a new focus being given to this California installer, we thought it would be appropriate to review the firm and offer our take to help consumers assess Sunrun in depth when comparing them to other U.S. installers – many of which provide competing solar quotes on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace.

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Best solar companies in Arizona for 2019

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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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How many sunlight hours do I need? Calculating peak sun hgours

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When weighing the decision of whether or not going solar makes sense for your roof or location, one of the first questions you may ask is “how many sunlight hours do I need for solar to be worth it?” The reason this question is important is because there is a significant range across the country for average peak sun hours. In this article, we’ll explain which states offer the best sun hour value and how much sunlight intensity in your state should impact your decision to go solar.

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