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Beach solar panel home SolarCity Expands Operations to Include Florida
They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing—in fact, most parts of Florida get about 100 clear days of sun a year. That may not sound like a lot, especially when you compare those numbers to the ones coming out of Arizona, California, and Nevada—all of which receive upwards of 250 sun-drenched days annually. But as one of the country’s southernmost states, Continue Reading
Solar panels under clouds How Long Does It Take to Set Up Solar Panels?
Installing solar panels on your home can make you feel like you’ve traveled straight into the future (free energy from the sun? how next-level is that?), but sadly, your installation probably won’t move at warp speed. Though most solar installations wrap up in a matter of weeks, if you happen to be dealing a particularly slow permitting office or utility Continue Reading
Solar panel installation What Are Solar Soft Costs?
No one can deny that solar is quite an investment. After installation, system prices top out at around $25,000, which may be more than the down payment you put on your house! And while solar is worth it in the long-run—especially when you factor in federal incentives and utility credits—those initial numbers can give you some serious sticker shock. However, that Continue Reading
Iconic Las Vegas sign Las Vegas Is Now 100 Percent Solar-Powered
No one would ever accuse Las Vegas of dull visuals. Whether it’s the flashing neon signs of the casinos on the strip or the brilliant LED canopies on Fremont Street, almost every corner of Las Vegas is transformed at dusk into a virtual light show. But spectacular as all those lights may be, they definitely aren’t what you’d call energy-efficient. Continue Reading
Solar panels on house roof Ask an Expert: What Is a Solar Lease?
Solar leases, PPAs, financing—there are sure a lot of different paths to solar. The array of different purchasing strategies can seem dizzying when you’re just being introduced to the technology. In this sense, SolarCity can be looked at as an innovator. Their leasing option was one of the first programs of its kind, allowing customers to essentially rent solar systems—in Continue Reading
ecoppia solar cleaner Robotic Solar Panel Cleaners
Ever wish you could have a robot maid like Rosie in the Jetsons? If you have solar panels installed on your home, the truth may not be that far off. In fact, a lot of major utility-scale power plants are opting for automated solar panel cleaners that are powered remotely and complete with artificial intelligence. While this tech is largely Continue Reading
solar water heater collector What Kind of Solar Hot Water Heater Is Best for My Climate?
By now, you probably know that hot water heating eats up a big part of your energy budget. In fact, the Department of Energy pegs that number at around 17 percent of a home’s energy expenses—that’s a huge chunk of your utility spending. So how can you get a water heater that won’t bulk up your bills? Well, you could Continue Reading
solar panels on woodsy home Calculating Return on Investment for Solar Panels
Did the quote for your solar energy system just make your heart skip a beat? It’s no wonder—in some cases, the price for new PV unit can cost as much as a brand-new luxury car! But unlike a fancy new sports car, solar panels return your initial investment over time. The energy you offset with your new system can more Continue Reading
solar panels on green house How Solar Panels Affect Property Values and Home Sales
Solar panels—are they a dream feature or a tough sell? Turns out, solar can do a lot for you when you go to sell your home. Surveys show that interest in green features is growing among homebuyers, and when you opt to install solar panels on your home, that can translate into higher sale prices, faster turnaround, and a better Continue Reading
solar infra systems space heater Using a Solar Garage Heater
Your garage may be your sanctuary when you need to get away from it all, but if it’s cold and dreary outside, it’s not fit for even the toughest constitutions. That’s when a little supplemental heat from a portable space heater can really make all the difference, especially for outdoor spaces that only get used occasionally. Unfortunately, space heaters don’t exactly have the Continue Reading

Power your home with solar energy

So you’re designing your green dream home, and you’ve made plans for every energy-efficient feature possible — low-E windows, EnergyStar appliances, and a smart thermostat, to name a few. Just don’t forget about solar panels. In the last decade, solar energy features on homes has become much more commonplace and affordable, likely because homeowners are catching on to the benefits (reducing or possibly even eliminating your electric bill all together).

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