Tag Archives: Solar Panel Installation

Which Installers Will Benefit Most from Specialized Products?

Solar leases and leasing companies have for the most part deepened the wedge amongst PV installation companies, and prospective residential PV adopters should keep an eye on the developments. For a while, residential solar was a fragmented market, meaning numerous companies offered installation services on home rooftops, without any one or two players clearly dominating […]

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Knowledge is Power: Micro Inverters!

What factors do you consider when you’re comparing quotes to install a system? Probably a number of things- electricity savings, system size, total cost, to name a few. But what about inverters? Or more specifically, micro inverters? Truth is, some of the most significant technological innovations in residential solar have been in the field of […]

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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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Why Distributed Solar Matters to Homeowners

A buzzword often used in promotions for small-scale solar PV development is the term “distributed generation”. It’s a broadly defined term, partially because it’s still more of an idea than a tested alternative to centralized power grids common in most communities. Centralized electricity generation typically serves a large and diverse set of consumers from a […]

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Is Energy Storage the Silver Bullet for Distributed Solar Generation?

A major selling point for residential solar generation is the advantages it brings of distributed generation. More precise load delivery, fewer losses in transmission and fewer costs in grid infrastructure and maintenance are just a few of the efficiencies provided by distributed electricity networks. However, many of these grid benefits, particularly when considering solar power generation, […]

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Efficient Inverters to Hit US Market in 2012

As we’ve discussed in the past on this blog, there are a number of ways in which the US solar market is changing- declining panel prices, volatile state SREC markets, and innovative incentive programs are just a few examples. However,a recent announcement from REFU Solar Electronics, or REFUsol, a German manufacturer that specializes in solar inverter technology, […]

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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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Solar Decathlon Features Affordable, Innovative Home Design

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The 2011 Solar Decathlon hosted by the Department of Energy ended last weekend in Washington, DC. The event featured 19 solar-powered homes designed and built by students and faculty from universities across the country and abroad. In addition to home energy performance, competing entries were also judged across 10 categories measuring affordability, livability, and marketability. To achieve a perfect […]

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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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Solar Panel Recycling: Let’s Close The Loop

At this year’s West Coast Green conference in San Francisco, Bill McDonough gave a rousing call–to-action keynote speech in which he proclaimed that we do not have an energy problem, but what we do have is a materials problem. He went on to say that the carbon in the environment is in the wrong place. Instead of leaving it […]

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