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Is home solar worth it?

Is Home Solar Worth It For You?

Not very long ago, home solar was just for early adopters, off-grid locations, and for the ultra-green crowd that wanted to put their money where their mouth was, so to speak. But as the cost of solar modules continues to drop, and solar efficiency continues to rise, home solar is now so much more than […]

May 13, 2015

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Hawaii Solar: Public-Private Partnership Brings $100M in Solar Financing to Nonprofits & Businesses

A recently announced public-private partnership between the state of Hawaii, Panasonic Eco Solutions, and Coronal Group LLC will offer up to $100M in solar photovoltaic (PV) financing to underserved nonprofits and businesses in this island state.   The partnership, which is part of Hawaii’s Green Energy Market Securitization Program (GEMS), was put together by Clean […]

March 30, 2015

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Smart Power & Solarize South Carolina Aims For 2,000 More Solar Homes in 18 Months

In some sunny regions, states that would seem to be a perfect fit for solar energy just haven’t really jumped on board yet, and lag far behind other nearby states, but one of them, South Carolina, might be seeing a boost in home solar thanks to initiatives such as Solarize South Carolina.   Solarize South […]

March 20, 2015

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Race to 7-Day Solar: Challenge Seeks to Reduce Permit-to-Plug-in Times

Even as residential solar power rapidly approaches grid parity in a number of big cities across the US, and becomes not just another fringe environmental choice, but a very rewarding financial investment as well, one of the barriers to wide adoption continues to be the slow and cumbersome process of actually getting from permit to […]

March 4, 2015

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Solar Financing Can Save Up To 30% Over Solar Leases

When it comes to the cost of installing and using a solar array for a home or business, is it better to own the solar panels or to lease them from a third party? Solar leases can be attractive due to their low or zero up-front costs, but over the long run, low-interest solar financing […]

February 13, 2015

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State net metering programs in place, September 2014 (NCSU pdf).

Residential Solar Costs Expected To Drop 40% By 2017

We’re hearing some more good news about residential solar costs. Experts expect a home solar system to cost a whopping 40% less within the next three years. Combined with the continuation of major solar rebates and tax credits, this makes 2015 a very opportune time to invest in the owner-friendliest option—and the easiest to install—of […]

January 30, 2015

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#GoSolar: National Shout Out For Solar Day

Lend your voice in support of continued solar growth in the US on National “Shout Out For Solar” Day! To help celebrate the record-breaking year that solar power had in the US in 2014, in which the solar industry installed 40% more capacity than the previous year, for a total of about 20.2 GW of […]

January 15, 2015

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Cost of Solar PV Less Than Grid Electricity in 42 of America’s 50 Largest Cities

It wasn’t that long ago that the dream of affordable home solar electricity was really just more for the upper class, and for the ultra-technical and early adopters. But over the last couple of decades, and in the last few years in particular, not only has the cost of solar panels dropped and their efficiencies […]

January 13, 2015

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California Solar Permitting Guidebook Could Speed Solar Permits

Attaining a permit for a home solar installation may be getting quicker and more efficient in the state of California, thanks to the release of a new guidebook and resources for local governments seeking to streamline the solar permitting process. California has been a solar leader in rooftop installations, but one of the barriers to […]

January 7, 2015

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Solar App Tracks Electricity Production and Home Energy Use

One of the neat aspects of residential solar power, beside the obvious benefit of being able to generate affordable clean renewable electricity, is the ability to make power production (and consumption) more transparent to the homeowner. Through web interfaces, and now with mobile solar apps, solar homeowners can track the exact amounts of electricity produced […]

December 19, 2014

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