While rooftop solar is a great way to lower your electric bill and support clean energy, it leaves out a key group of people: renters. According to the most recent Census Bureau data from 2019, renters encompass about 36 percent of households in the United States – and that number doesn’t include homeowners who don’t have full control over their roof because they live in a multi-family dwelling. If you fall into this category, the good news is that solutions exist for you to support clean energy, and some will even save you money. In this article, we’ll compare two alternatives to utility electricity: EnergySage’s Community Solar Marketplace (herein referred to as community solar) and CleanChoice Energy’s Clean Electricity (which we’ll call Clean Electricity).Continue reading
From green power plans to community choice aggregation to community solar, there are an increasing number of options when it comes to electricity these days, and understandably, it’s not always easy to make a decision.
While we at EnergySage are onboard with any power options that support the environment and further decarbonize our electricity, we’re especially excited about community solar – in this article, we’ll explain a few reasons why.Continue reading
At EnergySage, we get a lot of questions about alternative ways to support renewable energy without putting solar panels on your roof. One of the easiest ways to do so is buying electricity from someone other than your utility company. But there are a lot of options out there, each one surrounded by a good deal of misinformation and jargon, making it somewhat difficult to weigh the pros and cons of each.Continue reading
This post is the third in our series about how to save on your energy bills even when you’re spending more time at home, as the entire EnergySage team is, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic (here are the first and second.) Continue to check our blog for more ideas for how you can take control of your energy bills in the coming weeks.Continue reading
With so many synonymous terms for renewable energy, many are wondering “what is green power?” and how it can be distinguished from general alternative or renewable energy sources.
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Solar Lease/PPA vs Viridian vs EverSource Green
In Part 1 of Going Solar with No Money Down we introduced four ways to power your home with renewable energy for little or no upfront costs: solar leases, solar power purchase agreements (PPAs), Viridian Energy, and EverSource Green. So, now that you know what your options are, let’s weigh them against one another to see how they measure up. Continue reading
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Solar Lease/PPA vs Viridian vs NSTAR Green
People may think that there is hassle involved in “going green”—that it is too complicated or too expensive or takes too much time to figure out what the best option would be. Actually, solar power can quite competitive with traditional grid-supplied power and adopting it is now easier than ever. This article outlines some of the opportunities that exist for you to receive some or all of your electricity from solar or other renewable sources with little or no upfront investment [money down]. The first two options involve generating your own electricity via a solar PV system installed at your home or business. Options 3 and 4 represent opportunities to use clean energy for all or some of your electricity needs without buying or maintaining a system of your own. Part 1 tells you what your options are. Part 2 will outline the pros and cons of each. Continue reading