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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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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Ikea Solar Panels?!

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Yup, they’re coming! IKEA announced it will be expanding its residential solar service beyond the United Kingdom into 8 new countries, starting with the Netherlands in October and Switzerland in December. IKEA didn’t mention which 6 countries would follow, but it probably won’t be long before you can get your solar panels at IKEA! IKEA […]

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Social Networking Pushes Solar Into Neighborhoods

On Monday, I posted an article about residents pushing their local officials to tighten restrictions on solar PV installations in neighborhoods. This attitude is sometimes referred to as NIMBY, or “Not-In-My-Backyard”, and seems to pervade neighborhoods when a socially responsible action is taken, or sometimes required, at the expense of an individual’s pleasantries (e.g., a […]

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Maryland Emerging for Residential Solar

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Overshadowed by the prominent state solar markets in nearby New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Maryland has quietly emerged as a hotspot for residential solar. With an aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard and relatively high electricity costs, Maryland homeowners have plenty of reason to throw panels on their rooftops. According to the state’s Public Service Commission, applications to receive state […]

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Top 5 States for Residential Solar

Residential solar often struggles to compete with commercial and utility-scale solar industries in terms of system pricing. Smaller average facility sizes, less standardization in supply chains, and relatively large upfront costs to prospective system owners make it difficult for residential solar markets to take advantage of economies of scale efficiencies, which makes it difficult for homeowners […]

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Is Solar Energy Right For Me?

“How do I know if solar electricity is right for me?”  It’s easier than you think to make that determination.  Here’s a simple checklist to see if you’re a good candidate for solar energy.  In a future post I’ll go through each check point in detail, but in the meantime, here is the list: Do […]

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Standardizing Solar Quotes

This year at the Intersolar conference, we had the pleasure of having lunch with Guy Snow, a seasoned installer from Las Vegas. As an installer, he works directly with homeowners and, therefore, has a good understanding of where the general public stands on solar education. We talked about what he sees as the major knowledge gaps for homeowners […]

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Two Approaches to Going Solar

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While there are any number of approaches or mindsets for going solar, here are the two approaches to going solar that we hear about most often.  First, are those who know they want to go solar but who do not want to make any other changes, and second are those who want to reduce their overall energy consumption […]

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