Tag Archives: Solar Quotes

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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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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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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Solar Quotes in AC or DC Watts?

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When you receive a solar quote from an installer it will be broken down to a dollar per watt ($/watt) price. The question is, is the quoted price in Direct Current (DC) or Alternating Current (AC) watts? First of all let’s talk about the difference between the two. DC electricity flows in one direction and is the […]

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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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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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