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Why Roofing Matters When Choosing Solar Panels

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by Kaitlin Krull If you’re considering solar power for your home, there are several important things to take into consideration first. While the cost and style of the solar panels you choose are most likely to be the first things you will research and discuss, it is also important to consider the angle and composition […]

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The Simple Dollar guide to choosing solar panels and a solar installer

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This article originally appeared on The Simple Dollar, for the complete version visit: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/best-solar-panels/ The price of solar panels is down. It’s fallen by more than 75 percent since 2009, according to prominent environmentalist Bill McKibben. This drop reflects increased efficiency, both in the manufacturing process and in the panels themselves. Still, the initial cost of […]

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Why Small Businesses Should Go Solar

As a small business owner, you’re constantly considering new ways to improve your business and your bottom line. You don’t have an endless budget, so some ideas for improving your company’s eco-friendliness might seem out of your price range. As a result, when the subject of switching to solar energy comes up, you probably shake […]

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What to Know About Solar Safety

The talk you must have with your kids about solar safety. Congratulations! You have your own solar power. You’ve done your part towards ensuring a safe future climate for your kids and grandkids and great grandkids. But don’t forget to safeguard them – and yourself – against an immediate danger, as well. Kids need to […]

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Solar Energy in the United States

Solar energy is a renewable and unlimited source of energy from which , indirectly or directly, most of the other sources of energy on our planet originate. Today, thanks to the rapid progress of technology, solar energy has become more affordable and more efficient, so it is no wonder why so many homeowners and companies […]

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Study: California solar subsidies are passed through to consumers

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently released a report that looked into whether or not consumers were fully benefiting from the subsidies available to them in the California market. In other words, the researchers wanted to see if some of the subsidies were kept by the installation firms or others in the food chain, thereby […]

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SolarCity gets into the solar loan business

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As we’ve written about in the past, improved loan options will eventually win out over the solar leases that have become popular in the past few years. SolarCity recently announced that they are catching up with this trend with a new solar loan offer that is a departure from the power purchase agreement (solar lease) […]

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Top 25 residential solar installers in Massachusetts

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From 2010 to April 2014, the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out program has catalyzed a solar installation industry in the Bay State. In that time, over 10,000 residential solar installations were completed by 266 installers. To the benefit of our entertainment for the day, all of this information is listed publicly on the Mass.gov website at the […]

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The California Roots of PACE Financing

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The ECOreport recently published an excellent story on the rise, fall and rise again of PACE programs. Property-assessed-clean-energy or PACE got it’s start in Berkeley, California when the then mayor’s Chief of Staff, Cisco DeVries, put the pieces together for the idea in 2007. PACE is a special tax assessment to help finance solar or other […]

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Rooftop solar assessment tool out of MIT

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An MIT team recently created a rooftop solar assessment tool and has licensed it to a startup at Mapdwell.com. The tool uses 3D mapping technology to determine the viability of every rooftop in a few communities where it is currently available. Those communities include: Wellfleet, Cambridge and Boston in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and Washington County, OR. […]

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