Connecticut Solar Energy — Solar & Storage Incentives, Solar Installers, Solar Costs

Connecticut Solar Energy — Solar & Storage Incentives, Solar Installers, Solar Costs

Connecticut enjoys one of the fastest-growing solar markets among the smaller US states. One reason is because the Nutmeg State actually receives more sunshine than most of the solar farms in Germany, with an average of close to 4.5 hours of direct sunlight for every 10 square feet (approx. 1 square meter). It may be …

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November 27, 2016

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Arizona Solar Energy – Solar & Storage Incentives, Solar Installers, Solar Costs

As one of the sunniest states in the US, Arizona has enjoyed early and great success as a leader in solar energy production. With 2,453 megawatts (MW) of solar installed, the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranks Arizona as #2 for total installed solar capacity. Arizona ranks number 2 in SEIA’s Top 10 States …

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November 14, 2016

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Colorado Solar Energy – Solar & Storage Incentives, Solar Installers, Solar Costs

Although snowbound in winter, Colorado is also famous for its sunny skies. In fact, Pueblo Colorado ties 7th place as the sunniest US city, according to NOAA’s annual average % possible sunshine ranking, with an average of 76%. Only Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas have sunnier cities. It’s no wonder, then, that Colorado ranks high in …

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November 14, 2016

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New Report Card Grades All 50 States On Solar Net Metering, Interconnection Standards

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Vote Solar have released their new “report card” that grades all 50 US states on their rankings for two important clean energy policies, namely solar net metering and interconnection standards. If you’re considering going solar at home or at your business, you’ll want to understand how much money …

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February 1, 2016

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Michigan solar

Net Metering Review: Value of Solar Energy Higher Than Retail Electric Rates

If there’s one aspect of residential solar that the anti-solar crowd, especially utility companies, loves to gang up on, it’s probably net metering. You could argue that the 30% Federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit is right up there on the list as well, but for some reason a year-end tax credit seems a lot …

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August 11, 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 …

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January 30, 2015

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Traditional solar home (wiki commons)

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 you’ll …

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November 9, 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 solar …

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October 17, 2014

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Energize Ohio demostration project (OSU)

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 …

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September 19, 2014

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30,000 Coloradans Petition Xcel Energy Over Solar Issues

How much will solar save you? Find out in about 60 seconds! A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a strong push from Colorado residents, businesses, and organizations to get 3,000 megawatts (MW) of solar on one million rooftops by 2030. Despite this, Colorado utility Xcel Energy is pushing to roll back policies that support …

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December 15, 2013

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

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