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No, Going Solar Won’t Make You Wear Hemp Shirts or Start Eating Kale

One of the great things about the dropping cost of solar is that going solar at home is no longer just for the crunchy granola crowd, and it isn’t just a fringe movement fueled solely by sentiments such as “saving the Earth” anymore, but is appealing more and more to almost anyone looking to cut […]

March 14, 2015

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Energy Efficiency #1 On Almost Every Homeowner’s List

If increased energy efficiency is your top criterion for buying a new home, you are not alone. Very few homeowners describe their current lodgings as “energy-efficient.” Energy efficiency is the top concern of US homeowners seeking to exchange or purchase real estate. More than seven homeowners out of ten see energy efficiency as very important. […]

March 7, 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 Calculator Estimates Solar Electricity Production & Payback Time

If you’re interested in the prospect of moving toward getting a home solar system, but don’t know enough details yet about the potential electricity production that a solar array could provide to your own house, or about the basic economics of solar electricity in your region, to want to get a free solar site evaluation […]

February 19, 2015

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Measuring Solar Power Success By Rise In Solar Jobs

As we mentioned in an earlier article, in 2014 solar jobs grew 20 times faster than US job growth overall (21.8% solar job growth vs. 1.1%). Here’s some further information, state by state. The Solar Foundation, an independent nonprofit based in Washington, DC, just published these amazing numbers in its annual National Solar Jobs Census […]

February 18, 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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Hybrid Solar Thermal Panels Produce Electricity & Heat, for Quadruple the Energy Production

Combining two types of energy production into the same surface area allows these hybrid solar thermal panels to produce quadruple the amount of energy as a conventional solar photovoltaic (PV) system of the same size, according to Solarus. The Solarus hybrid system incorporates a solar PV component, which generates electricity from the sun, with a […]

February 10, 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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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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Solar 101: Self-Consumption of Home Solar Power

If you don’t know the first thing about solar power, other than the fact that it’s getting cheaper than the grid and it’s an affordable and renewable energy choice, making the decision to go solar at home isn’t a simple one, especially if you’ve got lots of questions about how everything works. These short Solar […]

January 27, 2015

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Solar Savings Calculator

Get the facts. Find out exactly how much solar will save you, including which Tax and Financial programs you qualify for!