Residential Solar Energy – An Investment In Your Future

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Over the past 20 years home improvement has grown to a multi-billion dollar industry which is evidenced by the number over Home Depot and Lowe’s stores around the country. The drive to improve the places where we live comes from both the desire to improve quality of life (being able to entertain friends on your […]

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Should I go solar now, or should I wait?

“Should I go solar now, or should I wait?”  As with most people who work in residential solar energy, that’s a question I hear quite often these days.  My answer is that you can’t go wrong either way.  Yes, panel prices are dropping and yes installation costs are going down.  However, in many states the rebates […]

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Solar Quotes: Have you got one lately?

Working in the solar industry means that I spend a lot of time talking about solar, which is great. One thing that I hear frequently from people is, “I looked into getting solar a few years ago and it didn’t pencil out.” For those of you who are in the same boat I thought I’d tell […]

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Tips For Selecting a Solar Installer

In our last post about selecting an installer we talked about comparing solar quotes .  Most importantly, getting all quotes in price per AC watt so that you can make an apples to apples comparison. Now we want to talk about the less glamorous side of any business, scammers.  The State of California’s Department of Consumer Affairs’ Contractors […]

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Solar Energy Simplified

It’s easy to get caught up in all of the technical terms when it comes to solar energy, so I wanted to take a step back and try to explain it in very plain English, as simply as possible.  Here goes. There are two main ways to use solar energy in your home: 1. Heating […]

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An Interview with recent solar power purchaser, Andrew Kin – March 10, 2010

When contemplating a significant purchase—a car or a computer, for instance—it’s  helpful to speak with people who have gone through the same process to get their insight and learn from their experiences.  With that in mind, Residential Solar 101 sent blogger Alexis C. Jolly to interview Andrew Kin—a management consultant in his 30’s, who recently had a […]

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How to Compare Quotes From Solar Installers

A few good quotes can go a long way.  Personally, I’m a fan of Gautama Buddha’s, “Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else.  You are the one who gets burned.”  Pretty wise, huh? But today we’re talking about the importance of getting and understanding a different […]

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