Category Archives: Buyer’s Guide

Articles about solar products and companies to help consumers understand more about solar equipment/companies and best compare their quotes and options.

Hybrid inverters: what you need to know

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There are plenty of options available when it comes to selecting a solar inverter: these inverters vary in size, efficiency, performance, and capabilities. So what’s the best solution for you? If you’re thinking about adding a battery to your solar panel system now or in the future, you may want to consider installing a hybrid inverter.

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What happens if your solar inverter fails?

Reading Time: 4 minutesSolar 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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How much is your electric bill after going solar?

Reading Time: 4 minutesOne of the most common misconceptions about solar is that people who install panels no longer receive an electricity bill from their utility company. This isn’t true in most cases: the majority of solar panel systems in the U.S. are grid-tied, allowing customers to draw electricity from the grid when their solar panels aren’t producing enough electricity.

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What to know about solar equipment manufacturer endorsements

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There are a number of factors to consider when choosing an installer, including experience, years in business, online reviews, licensing, and more. A lesser-known factor you may want to consider as you’re comparing one installer versus another is whether a solar company has received any manufacturer endorsements.

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CPUC Consumer Protection Packet: what you need to know

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn 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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Panasonic solar panels review

Panasonic solar panels: the complete review

Reading Time: 4 minutesPanasonic is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer electronics and an increasingly popular choice for U.S. homeowners installing solar. Whether you’re trying to decide between SunPower vs. Panasonic solar panels or simply evaluating your solar PV options, thoroughly reviewing the product options available to you is the best way to be confident in your solar investment. EnergySage’s Panasonic reviews take a look at the technical specifications of Panasonic solar panels to evaluate how they compare to other manufacturers on the market.

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Mission Solar: the complete review

Reading Time: 5 minutesMission Solar is a U.S. based solar panel manufacturer headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Though newer to the market than other panel manufacturers, Mission Solar panels are becoming an increasingly popular option with shoppers on the EnergySage Marketplace. Because they assemble solar panel modules in the U.S., Mission Solar modules are exempt from Trump’s solar tariff.

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Smartflower solar review

Smartflower solar: the complete solar flower review

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The Smartflower solar flower is an all-in-one ground-mounted solar system with a tracker that follows the sun. However, it doesn’t look like the solar panels you might be used to. Learn all about the product’s revolutionary technology, how it compares to other solar options, and whether you should consider one for your home in EnergySage’s Smartflower solar review.

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SunPower solar panels review

SunPower Solar Panels: The Complete Review

Reading Time: 5 minutesSunPower solar panels are one of the most frequently requested solar panel brands on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, and for good reason. Their panels are some of the most efficient products on the market today, and they offer an industry-leading warranty. EnergySage’s SunPower reviews take a look at the technical specifications of SunPower solar panels as compared to other manufacturers to answer the question, once and for all, of whether SunPower is actually the best solar panel brand on the market.

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