Category Archives: Choosing the Right Solar Company

Articles about choosing the right solar company & products for your needs and budget.

Everything you need to know about Minnesota community solar

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Thanks to consumer-friendly legislation, Minnesota’s community solar industry gained serious momentum in 2017, and it’s expected to grow exponentially in the years to come. For Minnesotans looking to take advantage of solar power without installing a solar energy system on your property, the options are promising.

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“What’s the best way to find solar panel installers near me?”

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If you want a high-quality solar installation, you need to find high-quality solar installers near you. Before you move forward with your home solar project, it is important to find a local solar installation company that is easy to talk to, acts professionally, and offers premium products and installation services.

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Are solar panels resistant to salt and corrosion?

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If you live by the ocean, the air around you contains high levels of salt. You may be wondering whether a high-salt environment  could cause damage to your solar energy system. When comparing your options for solar, it is important to know how well your solar panels will hold up if you live in an area where environmental factors like salty air and water are present. In this article, we will look at how salty air and water can damage or generally impact outdoor electronics and metals, and if solar panels are at risk for damage.

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What happens when a solar company files for bankruptcy?

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The solar industry is growing rapidly, which means solar installers and manufacturers are competing with ever-growing numbers of companies for space in the market. This can lead to bankruptcy cases for solar companies who fall behind in the industry, as seen recently with Sungevity and SolarWorld. As a solar shopper you may be concerned about the state of warranty coverage for your panels in the event that the solar company you are working with goes under. In this article, we will look at solar manufacturers and installers, and what their financial positions mean to you as their customer.

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SolarCity class action lawsuit addresses telemarketing practices

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If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably experienced unwanted calls from telemarketers trying to sell you products and services. The solar industry isn’t immune to this problem: some of the largest nationwide companies installing solar have historically relied on aggressive telemarketing practices to grow their businesses. Companies like SolarCity have been on the receiving end of many consumer complaints about their telemarketing tactics. A recent class action lawsuit against SolarCity (now part of Tesla Energy) addresses the company’s alleged violation of Federal telemarketing rules.

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What are the top SunPower solar panels for sale in 2017?

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SunPower makes some of the most popular solar panels for sale in the U.S. in 2017, and for good reason: their products are some of the most efficient panels in the industry, they come with an industry-leading warranty, and many of their panels have a sleek, low-profile look.

Want to get SunPower solar panels for sale near you? Homeowners across the country receive SunPower offers from solar installers in their area on a daily basis on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, a solar shopping and quote comparison platform.

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How do I choose my solar panels? Guide to choosing your solar equipment

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Installing a home solar energy system is a smart financial investment for many homeowners. As you evaluate offers from solar companies, there are many different factors to consider – the equipment that you choose for your system, your financing options, and the installer that you select all have an impact on your solar savings. This guide will help you evaluate the different solar panels and inverters available so that you can choose the best equipment for your home.  Continue reading

Should you buy grape solar panels from Costco or Home Depot?

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Installing solar panels is fast becoming a home improvement project that any homeowner can take on. Now that you can buy solar panels at Costco and Home Depot, you may even be considering installing a home solar energy system yourself. One of the most popular DIY options is to purchase a solar panel kit from Grape Solar, an Oregon-based solar panel manufacturer whose products are for sale at Costco and Home Depot. But before you make a Costco solar purchase, we recommend you learn more about how Grape Solar panels compare to other solar panel brands.

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What are the most efficient solar panels on the market?

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For those looking for the most efficient solar panels for their PV system, the first thing you need to know is how to compare efficiency metrics for different manufacturer brands. Simply put, efficiency (expressed as a percentage) quantifies a solar panel’s ability to convert sunlight into electricity. Given the same amount of sunlight shining for the same duration of time on two solar panels with different efficiency ratings, the more efficient panel will produce more electricity than the less efficient panel.

In practical terms, for two solar panels of the same physical size, if one has a 21% efficiency rating and the other has a 14% efficiency rating, the 21% efficient panel will produce 50% more kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity under the same conditions as the 14% efficient panel. Thus, maximizing energy use and bill savings is heavily reliant on top tier solar panel energy efficiency.

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