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The Solar Rooftop Revolution, Animated

When it comes to residential solar, we live in exciting times, as the price of solar panels keeps dropping, while other energy costs keep rising, and advances in solar technology are increasing panel efficiencies all the time. Given that we don’t often see a drop in energy prices, so we can pretty much count on […]

December 3, 2014

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Does Solar Power Make Sense for Your Home?

Home solar power keeps getting more popular by the week, and with good reason, but is it right for your home? With the cost of solar panels dropping, and the price of energy rising, solar power can be a great investment for homeowners, not only for the boost in property value, but also for helping […]

November 21, 2014

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Michigan Solar Calculator & Comprehensive Guidebook for MI Solar

You don’t have to live in an extremely sunny location, such as Arizona, New Mexico, or California, to get the benefits of solar power at home, although residents of those states are certainly a great fit for solar. But as demonstrated in some of the leading solar states, such as New Jersey, your location doesn’t […]

November 11, 2014

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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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See-Thru Solar: These Transparent Solar Windows Generate Electricity

We love rooftop solar at Cost of Solar, because it works, it’s proven, it’s getting more affordable every day, and it uses a space that is often mostly empty – the roof of our home. But putting solar panels on your roof isn’t the only way to get solar power at home, as there are […]

October 30, 2014

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Solar Bonds: Solar Investment for Everyone

Investing in the future of clean energy by buying solar bonds can yield a 4% return, and with a minimum buy of just $1000, solar bonds are solar investment for the rest of us. While it’s true that the cost of solar panels keeps dropping, and that to financing a residential solar power system is […]

October 23, 2014

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New Jersey Solar: NJ May Triple Its Solar Net-Metering Capacity

One of the benefits of owning a home solar power system in a net-metering state, beyond knowing that your house is powered with clean renewable energy, is the ability to sell your excess electricity back to the grid, reducing utility bills and increasing the amount of emissions-free electricity available on the local grid.   But […]

October 17, 2014

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New Info Brings More Choice for Solar Buyers

So you’re starting to see more solar panels sprouting up around the neighborhood. Not surprisingly, solar buyers will find, when you consider that the solar contracting industry has risen by more than 225% over the past three years and now has a value of $11.5 billion.   It’s usually pretty easy for solar buyers to […]

October 12, 2014

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Affordable Solar: Novel Plug-n-Play Home Solar Power System Installs in 10 Hours

One of the bigger elements, in terms of both time and costs, to installing a home solar power system (other than the cost of the solar panels themselves), is the installation of the solar array. To properly support and distribute the weight of the solar panels, a racking/mounting system has to be installed on the […]

October 10, 2014

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Tampa Electric to Build Region’s Biggest Solar Array at Tampa International Airport

The Tampa Bay region will soon have a utility-scale solar array, thanks to the recent announcement of a 2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation to be constructed by Tampa Electric on the roof of a building at the Tampa International Airport.   The new project, which is expected to be completed and producing solar power […]

October 1, 2014

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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!