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Components: The Solar Panel is Only the Beginning

Components: The Solar Panel is Only the Beginning

There's a lot to know when it comes to building and installing a solar power system.  The components that go into a system are like the parts on a car in that they all work together for the same ultimate goal, but the quality of each component can make a big difference in performance.  

Guide to Choosing the Right Solar Installer

Guide to Choosing the Right Solar Installer

A solar power system is one of the biggest investments a homeowner will make, so it's important to make sure that everything is installed properly and built to last.  Components vary quite a bit in terms of electrical output, form factor and weight, but most panels will come with a 20-25 year warranty, making solar a long term investment, dependent on a strong foundation of a quality install. 

Why Professional Solar Installation Matters

Why Professional Solar Installation Matters

The age of the internet has also ushered in a new wave of DIY thinking.  Where in the past, information was a precious resource, today you can learn how to do just about anything with a couple strategic Google searches.   Just because you can learn how to do something, however, doesn't mean you should, and when it comes to installing a solar power system, or anything heavy you plan on putting on your roof, it's a good idea to always use the services of a professional installer. 

What to Expect From a Solar Site Installation Visit

What to Expect From a Solar Site Installation Visit

As you get a little closer to pulling the trigger on a solar power system, one of the final steps before actually purchasing a product is to have a professional installer come out to your home and do a site visit.  The purpose of this visit is to make sure your roof is appropriate for solar power, determine what kind and size of system you will need and then put together a quote that will show you the pricing and details of your new system.  While a good installer will walk you through this process, being a good consumer means having some solid information going into your site visit, so here’s a look at what you need to know before the installer arrives.

About Solar Shingles

About Solar Shingles

Green energy is a growing trend that helps the environment and can save you a lot of money over time.  Nearly every neighborhood in America will have at least one or two homes with solar panels on the roof, but some homeowners will resist adopting solar power simply because of the look of the panels.  Furthermore, although your homeowners insurance will cover your solar panels, installing anything onto your roof can often void your roof's warranty, discouraging some would-be solar converts.  This is where solar shingles come into play, and this new spin on a well-established technology makes a lot of sense for any homeowner considering the switch to solar. 

Does Going Solar Make Sense For Your Home?

Does Going Solar Make Sense For Your Home?

Solar power is a great way to save money and use completely green energy, but to be perfectly honest, it's not right for everyone.  Solar power equipment and installation is costly.  Certain areas and home situations will not be ideal for generating power, and certain cities and states don't provide the same incentives, making it a tougher decision.  To clear up some of the questions and confusion, here are 5 questions to ask yourself to find out if solar power is right for you and your home. 

Solar Power Frequently Asked Questions

Solar Power Frequently Asked Questions

Solar power is one of the cleanest ways to power your home, charge your electric vehicle, or earn additional income through the sale of surplus power and SRECs.  While there's plenty of information out there about solar, many people just starting out with their research will have some basic questions about how it all works.  To that end, here's a look at 10 frequently asked questions about solar power and answers in plain English to help you get started with clean, green power.

Top 10 Solar Friendly States

Top 10 Solar Friendly States

There are plenty of reasons to choose solar power, but one of the most popular ones is the money that you can save (and potentially earn) by switching to solar.  Between net metering, SRECs and the slough of federal and state programs and incentives, solar is becoming more and more affordable each year, and in many cases it can actually be a source of income.  The amount of savings, however, varies greatly depending on your location for two primary reasons: the amount of sunny days you'll typically get in your area, and the incentive programs that your state offers.  Although there are financial benefits to solar in every state, here's a look at the top ten states for solar power, in alphabetical order. 

Things to Know Before Going Solar

Things to Know Before Going Solar

Solar energy is a fast growing trend that's become a big business for manufacturers, installers and utilities.  The reason for this boom in the last decade is unknown, but it's safe to say that the usual suspects of government subsidies, financial benefits and green energy generation are the culprits. Here are five important things one should know before getting too much further into the process of purchasing and installing solar panels.

The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Solar Lease

The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Solar Lease

Solar Power is a great way to "go green" by reducing your carbon footprint and your dependence on oil, gas and coal.  That's enough of a motivation to switch for some people, but what really gets most Americans interested in Solar Power is the potential to save money and avoid constantly rising energy costs. Purchasing a solar power system can be costly, but leasing is a great alternative for many homeowners.  Here's a look at the top 5 reasons why leasing solar may be right for you. 

Top 5 Misconceptions about Solar Power

Top 5 Misconceptions about Solar Power

Solar power has been around for decades, but it's still something of a mystery to most people when you get down to the specifics.  Most of us understand on a basic level how solar power works, but like it or not, there's a lot of poor and even incorrect information out there about solar power that may steer would-be-solar-enthusiasts away from the technology.  Here's a look at the top 5 misconceptions about solar power systems that will hopefully clear things up. 

Maximize Your Solar Energy Savings

Maximize Your Solar Energy Savings

Energy from the sun is free and abundant but maximizing your energy efficiency is one of the most crucial parts of setting up a solar energy system. Here's 5 great ways to minimize your energy usage, and all of these apply to those with or without a solar energy system.

Researching Solar Warranties

Researching Solar Warranties

Solar systems have surprisingly few components and are built and installed to handle the elements for decades.  However, sooner or later, you will have some parts fail, so before you find yourself in that situation, it's important to know up front where you're covered.

Solar Leasing 101

Solar Leasing 101

If you're like most Americans, you like the idea of solar power, but much like early adopters of electric vehicles and fuel cell technology, the up front cost is often enough to keep the average consumer from seriously considering a solar power system. Here is the lowdown on solar leasing.

What is Solar Energy?

What is Solar Energy?

Solar energy is radiant light and heat emitted by the sun. Every day the sun radiates, or sends out, an enormous amount of energy.  Thus making solar energy an endless resource and represents a clean alternative to the fossil fuels.

 

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