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Check out the latest news and events surrounding solar energy and the green energy movement.

Property Value & Solar Homes: Buyers Willing To Pay Premium For PV, Study Says

Do solar panels increase the value of your property? Will having a rooftop solar PV system make it harder to sell your home? The answers to these common solar questions can often make the difference between installing solar or not, especially if you’re likely to sell the home and move within the near future. Everyone […]

January 14, 2016

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How To Reduce Your Electricity Bill For Decades With A Renewable Energy Investment

If you’d like to reduce your electricity bill, it can pay to do a full energy and efficiency audit of your home, and to then take action on some of the lower-hanging fruit of efficiency measures, such as adding better insulation, installing a smarter thermostat, switching to LED lighting, killing vampire energy devices, and upgrading […]

September 22, 2015

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The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

At Cost of Solar, we’re always talking about the advantages and benefits of solar energy and trying to share solar news that can help boost the exposure and speed the adoption of residential solar, both because we see solar power as the future of sustainable energy, and because we acknowledge that investing in solar can […]

April 22, 2015

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Solar Jobs Grew 21% Last Year: National Solar Jobs Census

The growing popularity of solar power has had another positive effect, beyond the obvious ones of feeding clean renewable energy into the grid and making a healthy return on investment, in that it’s helped the domestic solar job sector to soar, which in turn also helps to strengthen local economies. The National Solar Jobs Census […]

February 3, 2015

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Homebuyers Willing to Pay More for a House with Solar PV

As if getting a great return on investment, decades of savings on energy costs, and being part of the renewable energy revolution wasn’t enough to convince you to consider getting a home solar PV system, remember that going solar can also be a great way to increase your property value. And we’re not just saying […]

January 23, 2015

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Your Own Solar Home As A Local Utility

A home is the biggest investment people usually make during their lifetimes. It’s surprisingly easy to find out how much money a solar home can save in terms of household or small business expenses.   Have you ever thought of a solar home as a micro-power plant? Considering the ever-quickening march of utility bills, maybe […]

November 9, 2014

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New Report Shows Solar Helps Schools Save Big

With school budgets stretched thin all over the USA, welcome news comes from the Solar Foundation and the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. You’ll be surprised how much money solar helps schools save.   The study on solar in U.S. schools, called Brighter Future, has found that nearly 2.7 million K-12 students now attend schools […]

September 25, 2014

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Farm solar energy opportunities expand in Ohio

As well as being environment-friendly and economical for home and commercial purposes, photovoltaic solar energy has a lot of applications for farms everywhere. The US Department of Agriculture tells us that 36,331 farms use solar energy, making it by far the most common type of renewable energy technology for farming in this country. (Other stats place […]

September 19, 2014

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Going Solar Makes Good Business Sense (Video)

In this short piece, Marco Krapels (Partner, Pegasus Capital Advisors & co-founder of The Solutions Project) makes a very convincing argument for businesses going solar, starting with the basic economics of the cost of electricity. has more short interviews about renewable energy, electric cars, and battery technology, as part of a larger story about […]

September 10, 2014

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Portable Solar Generator Designed and Built by Hawaiian Contractor

One of the great things about solar power is its flexibility and scalability, which makes it as useful on the home as it is on the jobsite. A solar power system can be used to provide clean affordable energy for homes and businesses, but a smaller system, in the form of a portable solar generator, […]

May 21, 2014

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