Author Archives: Spencer Fields

About Spencer Fields

Spencer is the Content & Research Manager at EnergySage, where he writes about all things energy. Prior to joining EnergySage, he spent five years at Synapse Energy Economics, providing environmental, economic and policy analysis for public interest groups. Spencer has degrees in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies from Brown University, meaning when he's not in the office you can find him outside or traveling somewhere to work on his Spanish.

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Vehicle to grid charging: what you need to know

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Solar and storage continue to increase in popularity throughout the country, and why not: pairing a solar battery with a solar panel installation provides an affordable, clean, reliable power supply for your home. At the same time, electric vehicles continue to become more and more mainstream: in 2019, the millionth electric vehicle hit the road in the US, and EVs were even heavily featured in Super Bowl ads

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The ConnectedSolutions program: what you need to know in 2020

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Interest in adding batteries to solar panel installations is increasing throughout the country at a rapid clip. In fact, there were 500% more batteries installed in 2018 than in 2017, an upward trajectory that continued into 2019 as well. However, in many states, there are very few rebates and incentives available for homeowners interested in purchasing an energy storage system. 

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Saving with EnergySage part 7: clean energy for your home

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This post is the seventh (!!) in our series about how to save on your energy bills even when you’re spending more time at home, as the entire EnergySage team is, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic (here are the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth.) Continue to check our blog for more ideas for how you can take control of your energy bills in the coming weeks. 

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Highlights from the tenth EnergySage Solar Marketplace Intel Report

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Last month, EnergySage released our tenth Solar Marketplace Intel Report. The free, publicly available report provides insight into the state of the solar market nationwide and at the state level through the end of 2019. While this particular report showcases entirely data from prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the look at 2019 solar data demonstrates the strength of the industry heading into the nationwide shutdowns. A few key takeaways from the report are outlined below, and we look forward to your analysis and feedback on the report. 

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Where are solar installations still happening?

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Given the current ongoing COVID-19 situation, you may be wondering both if it’s even possible to still go solar and, if so, where solar installations are still actively taking place. The short answer? Yes and yes! Here’s a deeper dive into what we know about where people are still actively installing solar today. 

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Solar shopping amid the coronavirus pandemic

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With many or all non-essential businesses shuttering around the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at EnergySage wanted to provide an update about how the current social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines and advisories impact solar. Given that the majority–or entirety–of the solar sales process can occur virtually, and recognizing that the majority of solar installations happen outside of your home–i.e., on your roof–installing solar remains possible and safe at the moment. Here’s what you need to know about shopping for and installing solar amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Saving energy with EnergySage, part 2: Consumption monitoring

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This post is the second in our series about how to save on your energy bills even when you’re spending more time at home, as the entire EnergySage team is, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Here’s the first.) Continue to check our blog for more ideas for how you can take control of your energy bills in the coming weeks

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Saving energy with EnergySage, part 1: What’s on your bill?

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This post is the first in our series about how to save on your energy bills even when you’re spending more time at home, as the entire EnergySage team is, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue to check our blog for more ideas for how you can take control of your energy bills in the coming weeks

You may have heard that the world is basically on pause right now. The impact of the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus appears to be vast, far-reaching, and multilayered, including in some ways that you may not anticipate. For instance, with so many Americans now working from home or sheltering in place, one way you may see the impact of the pandemic personally is in how your energy bills change now that you’re spending more time at home. 

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Technology updates not to miss: 500-watt panels

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Technology in the solar industry is advancing at a rapid pace. Solar equipment continues to become more powerful and more resilient while becoming less expensive. With so many news stories to track, it can be easy to miss the occasional new technology. But here’s a technology announcement that shouldn’t be missed: Trina Solar just released 500-watt panels. 

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An overview of the 2019 National Solar Jobs Census

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This week, The Solar Foundation released its annual National Solar Jobs Census. The report provides a comprehensive look at employment in the American solar industry for 2019, from how many solar jobs the industry supported last year to where jobs are located throughout the country and which segments of the industry employ the most people. 

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