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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What happens if your solar inverter fails?

Solar energy systems are built to last and are designed to produce solar electricity reliably for 25 years or more. In some instances, though, individual components of a solar energy system may malfunction or break altogether. If you’ve installed solar, here’s what to do if your solar inverter fails. 

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Tesla’s solar renting program: what you need to know

Tesla solar is back. After quarter over quarter of declining solar installations, Elon Musk launched (via tweet, of course) a new product for residential solar: the Tesla solar rental program. The program is a return to Tesla’s SolarCity roots, with a unique twist on the product that made SolarCity the leading national installer of solar prior to its acquisition by Tesla. 

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Utility energy storage pilot programs: what you need to know

As the costs of solar batteries continue to decline, more and more homeowners are adding energy storage to their solar installations: in California, for instance, one in every twenty solar installations now also includes a solar battery. As utilities become more familiar with the benefits of distributed solar + storage on the grid, from added operational flexibility to decreased electricity demand, several utilities in the Northeast are now offering large incentives for home energy storage pilot programs. 

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Utility-scale battery storage: what you need to know

With the declining cost of energy storage technology, solar batteries are becoming an increasingly popular addition to solar installations. However, it’s not just residential and commercial solar shoppers who benefit from installing energy storage. In fact, utility-scale battery storage is increasingly playing a major role in the operation of the electric grid, providing cost savings, environmental benefits and new flexibility for the grid. 

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Solar islanding with batteries: what you need to know

Battery storage is becoming increasingly popular throughout the US. This is particularly true in parts of the country that are impacted by frequent electrical outages, whether due to natural disasters or otherwise. A big reason why storage is popular in these areas is due to storage’s ability to “island”. 

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CPUC Consumer Protection Packet: what you need to know

On July 16, 2019, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released the Solar Information Packet. As of September 30, 2019, this document will be required to accompany all solar installation contracts in California. If you’re going solar in the Golden State, here’s what you need to know about the new consumer protection packet. 

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Solar camping gear: on-the-go electricity and heat from the sun

With advancements in the efficiency of solar equipment and technology, solar panels are no longer just capable of powering your homes. In fact, from RVs to boats to sheds, solar on a smaller scale can keep many things running outside of your home. One way that this smaller-scale solar technology is being used today is in solar-powered camping gear. 

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Solar-powered breweries: making beer with the sun

Producing beer is a resource- and energy-intensive process. Given the number of craft breweries that have expressed an interest in sustainability, it should come as no surprise that breweries around the country are now looking for ways to produce brews in a more environmentally friendly way: by going solar. 

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The Lowtility solar + home loan product: the complete review

Buying a house is a major investment that comes with many long-term variables to consider, including location, home style, sales price, and monthly utility bills. During the process of applying for a home mortgage, new buyers may also have the opportunity to think about other large home improvement investments that they would like to make once they move in to either increase the value of their home or decrease their monthly homeownership costs. The new solar + home loan from Lowtility is a unique option for home buyers looking to do just that by financing both a house purchase and a solar energy system installation all at once. Continue reading

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Announcing the EnergySage Buyer’s Guide

We at EnergySage are very excited to introduce to you our newest online, educational tool: the EnergySage Buyer’s Guide. Launched earlier this month, the Buyer’s Guide is a first-of-its-kind educational tool for researching and comparing different solar equipment. As a part of the product release announcement, we want to provide an explanation of what the Buyer’s Guide is, describe how you can use it, and offer some ways you might find it useful.

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