Solar Panels

6
Jan

Four Solar Power Trends to Watch in 2018

With a new year ahead of us, many homeowners are looking to upgrade their home with solar panels. For the price, solar can be a smart purchase that can pay off in the form of lower monthly power bills, as well as a cleaner environment. However, solar power continues to evolve with every passing year. So, what kind of solar

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11
Nov

What is a Solar Power Inverter?

An inverter is a key component of a solar power system. Also known as a PV inverter, its primary function is to convert direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. Without an inverter, the average homeowner wouldn’t be able to use any solar power generated by his or her solar panels. Solar Power Inverters: The Basics When a

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9
Oct

The Basics of Solar Power and How It Works

The United States continues to make strong gains in the renewable energy market. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), approximately 2,387 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) cells were installed in Q1 2018. That’s the largest solar installation power of any quarter to date. With solar becoming more efficient and more common, many homeowners are now considering it as

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5
Aug

Will Solar Power Work During Power Outages?

Power outages in the United States have increased by roughly 285% since the 1980s, according to a report by the International Business Times. Each one of these blackouts cost up to $150 billion in lost productivity, business downtime, and other related expenses. Being that solar power systems generate their own electricity through sunlight, you might assume that solar panels will

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6
Jul

Think Your Northeast State Isn’t Sunny Enough for Solar? Think Again!

When most people think of the Northeast they think of brisk college campuses, breathtaking fall foliage or chilled skiers gathered round a cozy fire. But in fact, rapid advancements in technology, the establishment of competitive energy markets, and innovative environmental policy have made the Northeast sizzling hot when it comes to clean energy usage. In fact, Northeast states like New

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9
Jun

Power to the People: Solar’s Grassroots Movement Re-energizes!

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Days after the U.S. announced it would slowly withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a growing bipartisan group of 1,200+ American companies, governors, mayors, and university presidents, as well as the Climate Alliance, stepped up to vow their support for the accord. At the same time, Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization said that it will donate $15

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11
May

Fact or Fiction: Debunking the Top 5 Solar Myths

Ever since one of the first solar-powered residences in the U.S. sprang to life in 1973 (thanks to the University of Delaware), misperceptions about solar have persisted. So in the next 850 words, we’ll attempt to do what 40+ years of U.S. solar history has not – fill the information gap with brilliant solar facts! Solar Myth #1: Solar Power

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10
Mar

Will Going Solar Take Me Off the Grid?

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about home solar power. After all, who wouldn’t want to help the environment, potentially increase their property value, and future-proof variable energy costs? Yet an estimated 5-7 million U.S. homeowners are sitting on the sidelines when it comes to this powerful alternative energy source. Why? Concerns about reliability are a key reason

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10
Feb

Should I Install Solar Panels Myself?

Whether you’re attempting to recreate the latest Pinterest-worthy home décor craft or changing out hardware on your kitchen cabinets for the first time, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects can be a cost-effective way to improve your home. So it’s not surprising that solar panel installation kits have found their own little DIY market. And while we applaud those creative and courageous DIY-ers,

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11
Jan

My Partner Thinks Solar Panels Are Ugly — Now What?

Avocado-colored appliances. Shag rugs. Floor-to-ceiling wallpaper. What one homeowner finds stylish can often be the bane of another’s existence. So it’s not surprising that even as solar power installations in the U.S. continue to break records, opinions about the way PV panels look on the roof vary widely. On one end of the spectrum, more and more multi-million dollar dream

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