Category Archives: Solar 101

Articles all about solar, from common questions to overviews of different aspects of a solar energy installation.

half cut solar cells

Half-cut solar cells: an overview

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Solar technology is improving across all facets of the typical solar installation. In this article, we’ll discuss half-cut solar cells, a variation on standard silicon solar cells that can help improve solar panel performance.

Continue reading

How do solar panels work?

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Solar energy is gaining momentum around the world as more and more countries have begun transitioning to solar as a primal energy source. As the cost of solar energy has plummeted in recent years alongside major improvements in technical efficiencies and manufacturing quality, many homeowners across the U.S. are starting to look at solar as a viable alternative energy solution. And as solar enters mainstream energy markets, the big question is, “how do solar panels work?” In this article, we’ll break down exactly how solar panels produce energy for your home and how pragmatic going solar really is.

Continue reading

do solar panels work at night

How do solar panels work at night and on cloudy days?

Reading Time: 4 minutes

If you’ve been wondering “do solar panels work at night?”, you’re certainly not alone. If you choose to rely on solar panels for your home electricity use, it’s important to understand how solar panels can be a reliable source of power during night time when there is no available sunlight.

Continue reading

floating solar panels

Floating solar: what you need to know

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Not every roof is suitable for solar panels – factors such as shade, obstructions, age, and available space can have property owners looking for other locations for installation.

When it comes to large-scale solar projects, the most common alternatives to rooftop solar panel systems include ground mounts or solar canopies. Here’s a newer alternative that’s making quite the splash in the solar industry: floating solar.

Continue reading

pros and cons of solar energy

The advantages and disadvantages of solar energy: 10 pros and cons

Reading Time: 8 minutes

If you’re considering installing a solar panel system, you’ve probably already had your share of exposure to solar marketing, whether through spammy ads promising free solar panels or a knock at the door signaling an eager solar salesman ready to convince you why you should go solar. To make the right decision for your home, you need to be able to distinguish between the real pros and cons of solar energy and the solar myths that are sometimes communicated in the media. 

Continue reading