Category Archives: Solar

IKEA solar panels

What you need to know about IKEA’s solar business

Swedish furniture giant IKEA is already on the top of many people’s lists for furnishing a new apartment or home – they make those updates easy and accessible with furniture that allows you to DIY build everything from a bookshelf to a bed frame. Recently, IKEA has made the jump from home furnishings to rooftop solar through a partnership with SunPower. While this partnership won’t allow you to build your own solar system, it does promise to make solar accessible to IKEA customers. In the United States, this program is currently only available in California, and we’ll cover everything you need to know about it in this article. 

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Solar paint

Solar paint: what you need to know

Imagine if, with just a coat of paint, you could generate enough energy to power your entire house or car – one of the solar industry’s newest innovations could help make that possible! As solar energy becomes increasingly popular, scientists continue to find new ways to improve current technologies and explore new alternatives to expand access to clean energy. 

While solar panels are by far the most popular (and most efficient) way for homeowners to generate solar electricity, panels aren’t a good fit for all buildings. There are already a few ways to get around this: you could install a different system setup like a solar canopy or ground-mounted system, or you could sign up for community solar, which provides a discount on your electricity bill without having to install a single solar panel. One of the newest innovations in the solar industry comes in a very familiar form: paint! Solar paint is a new technology that aims to work as a regular paint, while still generating electricity from the sun.

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Community solar savings

How much can you save with community solar?

If you’ve been thinking about signing up for community solar soon, it might be because you’d like to reduce the environmental impact of your electricity use. Or, you might be hoping to save some money on your monthly electricity bill. More likely than not, it’s probably a little bit of both! When it comes to saving money through community solar, it’s important to remember that you will accumulate savings over the course of an entire year – meaning you may not see savings  instantly. In this article, we’ll provide a breakdown of what you can expect to save by signing up for community solar. 

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solar panel disposal

Solar panel disposal: what happens at end of life?

As the urgency for climate action increases, so does the adoption of renewable energy. Namely, solar photovoltaics (PV) – aka solar panels – are one of the fastest growing sources of clean energy. Solar panels have long lifespans, increasingly lower costs, and are safe for the environment! But, what happens to solar panels when they stop producing electricity? Where do decommissioned solar panels go? 

There are a few ways solar panels can be disposed, and in this article, we break down what happens to a solar panel at the end of its life.

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community solar fit

Are you a good fit for community solar?

Community solar is a great way for people who otherwise might be unable to power their home or business with clean energy to do just that! If you’re interested in signing up for a community solar project, the first thing you’ll want to determine is if you’re a good fit. In this article, we’ll explain why community solar is a great choice for many people, and some situations in which you might not consider community solar. 

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How to avoid bad solar

LDSreliance shares how to avoid bad solar installations

We love hearing the many success stories and reading the five-star reviews from our EnergySage customers who go solar and save a ton of money on electricity bills! But, just like with any industry, there’s not a 100 percent success rate. One of the most important things you can do is find a trusted solar installer in your area so you don’t end up with solar panels that aren’t performing ideally. Check out this video from LDSreliance to learn how to avoid issues when going solar. (Spoiler alert: using EnergySage to get pre-vetted installers and easily compare quotes is one of the ways to go solar the right way!)

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