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Rooftop Solar and Electric Cars Can Be a Win/Win

Going solar at home or at your business can be an excellent investment, not only financially, but environmentally as well, and when combined with a smart grid and smart appliances, can further optimize our energy consumption. But one element of daily life, transportation, doesn’t fit very well into a renewable energy world, at least when …

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August 6, 2014

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Honda’s Open Source Smart Home Aims for Zero Net Energy

Installing rooftop solar on your home is a great way to save money, generate clean electricity, and lock in long-term electricity costs. But putting photovoltaic solar panels on a standard home, which may have issues with efficiency, isn’t nearly as effective as designing them into the home from the beginning, where they can be an …

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July 18, 2014

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New Solar Financing Options Make Owning as Easy as Leasing

Solar leasing has been a hot topic lately, as leasing solar panels from a third party is a simple and low-cost way for homeowners to go solar. Solar leasing can allow homeowners to get a solar power system installed on their house for $0 down (or close to it), and to then immediately start saving …

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July 11, 2014

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Put solar power to work for you

Put Solar Power to Work for You

Why should you go solar? Everyone’s got their own personal reasons for installing solar power systems on their homes or businesses, ranging from saving money to saving the Earth, but there are some great universal benefits to solar energy that can help make choosing home solar a winning proposition for just about everybody. Solar power …

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July 3, 2014

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What Questions Should You Ask Your Solar Installer?

In order to get the most optimal home solar power system for you, and have it correctly installed by a company you trust, so it operates at peak efficiency with minimal maintenance, while also looking good on your house, it’s important to pick the right solar installer. Because of the booming demand for rooftop solar, …

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June 20, 2014

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New York Shared Solar Program May Make Solar Accessible to Millions

New York’s Shared Clean Energy initiative could make it possible for millions of renters and apartment dwellers to choose solar, even if they don’t own the property or have adequate roof space. Residential solar is a viable means of producing your own power, locking in your electricity costs for the long run, and reaping big …

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June 13, 2014

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US Residential Solar Outpaces Commercial Solar in Q1 2014

It’s a bright time for residential solar in the US, with residential solar PV installations exceeding commercial solar installations for the first time ever in the first quarter of 2014. The latest US Solar Market Insights report from the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) was packed full of positive information about the state of solar …

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June 5, 2014

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Guess Who’s Leading the US Solar Rooftop Revolution?

One of the more common misconceptions about going solar is that it’s so costly that only those with a high income and net worth can afford to have a solar PV array on their house. But as we’ve shown, solar power isn’t nearly as expensive as you might think, and a new study now shows …

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June 2, 2014

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Cost of Solar Power in California May Soon Drop

As we’ve explained previously, there isn’t a simple answer to the question of the cost of solar, due to the many different variables that can affect the price of a solar PV array, which go beyond the relatively straightforward costs of the solar panels themselves. But one thing that wasn’t mentioned in our article about …

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May 30, 2014

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New Map Compares Solar PV and Grid Efficiency Across US

If you’re curious about the viability of solar power in your location, a new map comparing the efficiency of grid power versus the average efficiency of a solar PV system at locations across the US might give you some helpful insights. For those located in the Southwestern US, with abundant sunshine and heavy dependence on …

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May 22, 2014

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