Have you ever come across “flexible solar panels,” or “stick-on solar panels”? Both fit under the wider umbrella of thin-film solar panels, which is a type of solar panel technology known for being lightweight while still producing renewable solar energy. Compared to traditional solar panel cells that have the majority of the market share, thin-film solar panels are made up of electricity-producing layers that are hundreds of times thinner than typical silicon cells.Continue reading
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Why are people interested in clean energy products for their home – and in what order do they buy them?
As the home energy market continues to grow and evolve thanks to new product innovations, major support from the government, and homeowners looking for sustainable ways to save money, the types of people exploring things like solar, batteries, and heat pumps are also changing. At EnergySage, we believe that the best way to understand what’s driving interest in clean energy products is to simply ask! With that in mind, we recently completed our third nationwide survey, the 2022 EnergySage Consumer Survey, to gain insight into how the average person thinks about clean energy – here’s what we found:Continue reading
EnergySage statistics: key things to know about us and our Marketplaces
EnergySage was founded in 2009 with a simple mission: to educate and empower homeowners to tap into the environmentally friendly and cost-saving benefits of renewable energy. Having started in the rooftop solar market, we know the demand homeowners have and we know how difficult it can be to find the right installer. That’s why we developed our one-of-a-kind Marketplace to make it easy for anyone to quickly find quotes and get in contact with vetted installers nearby.Continue reading
Solar industry highlights: solar prices, equipment trends, and storage interest from EnergySage’s 14th Intel Report
Last month, our team published the 14th EnergySage Solar Marketplace Intel Report. While our biannual check-in on the state of the residential solar market has certainly evolved since publishing our first report in 2015, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to making the solar industry more transparent, affordable, and accessible.Continue reading
EnergySage Marketplace data: solar cost, equipment trends, and growth
The solar industry has evolved significantly since we first opened the EnergySage Marketplace: in 2012, there were fewer than 300,000 homes with solar in the US; in 2021, that number climbed above 3 million American homes with solar!Continue reading
We read AXITEC’s warranty so you don’t have to
Let’s face it – warranties aren’t the easiest (or most gripping) documents to read. There are often a lot of details and fine print included that can be hard to digest, leaving many to wonder: what does the warranty actually cover? Am I vulnerable? Anything I might be missing?
To make it as easy as possible, we’ve read warranty documents for the top solar equipment manufacturers–and talked to them to confirm what is and isn’t included–and plan to point out the most important aspects of each in a series of articles. This article reviews the warranty offering of AXITEC, a German-engineered solar panel manufacturer with locations around the world.Continue reading
Top EnergySage articles of 2020
Let’s all breathe a big sigh of relief – 2020 is almost over! Despite some hurdles, solar energy had a strong year full of exciting news and milestones; in their 2020 World Energy Outlook report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) proclaimed that solar will be the “new king of electricity,” the world’s largest solar plant went live in October (2.2 gigawatts!), and just this week, the federal government extended the 26 percent solar tax credit for another two years.
To finish off the end of a long year, we’ve pulled together a list of our most popular articles of 2020, as chosen by you, our readers.Continue reading
Tips for talking solar this holiday season
It’s that time of year again when the sun starts to set earlier and earlier, especially here in Boston: already, it’s dark well before 5. But just because the number of daylight hours is dwindling towards its yearly nadir doesn’t mean it’s the wrong time to talk about solar.Continue reading
Highlights from the eleventh EnergySage Solar Marketplace Intel Report
Last week, EnergySage released our eleventh 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 July of 2020. In this report, we take a look at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the solar industry, check in on how solar pricing compares on EnergySage to data from the rest of the market, and introduce a few brand new analyses of energy storage data, from cost to brand preference. A few key takeaways from the report are outlined below, and we look forward to your analysis and feedback on the report.Continue reading
Federal ITC savings: 2020 vs. 2021
One question we field a lot at EnergySage is whether it’s the right time to install solar panels. For anyone asking that question in 2020, the answer is often as soon as possible: given the looming step down and expiration of the federal investment tax credit (ITC), solar shoppers who wait until 2021 or later to move forward will be missing out on major tax savings – but just how much?Continue reading