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solar BIPV house Building-Integrated PV Looks and Feels Like the Future of Solar
Not to knock against solar panels, but they’re not always the most beautiful pieces of equipment. When you’ve spent time perfectly pairing your roof tiles to match your home’s siding, shutters, and trim, you risk altering the whole aesthetic when you slap panels on top. In fact, some homeowners groups and organizations even forbid residents to install solar on their Continue Reading
Transmission tower using solar What Is Time-of-Use Energy Pricing?
In 2016, California achieved a monumental first: it became the first state in the US to implement statewide time-of-use energy pricing. That may not sound like a sweeping accomplishment—but rest assured, the Golden State’s rate redesign is set to usher in a new era of energy pricing. Time-of-use rates (TOU, to those in the energy biz) is a multi-tiered payment structure Continue Reading
Woman looking at receipts PowerSaver Loans Versus PACE Financing: Which One is Better?
The ecosystem of financial options for your solar purchase is more intricate than a coral reef, which is one thing that scares a lot of homebuyers away from renewable energy. But contrary to popular belief, the price on the tag isn’t always your final offer. Tax credits, rebates, and energy purchasing make solar power one home improvement that pays for Continue Reading
photovoltaic panels - alternative electricity source What Kind of Solar Cells Are Best for Hot Climates
What’s the best spot for a solar installation in a chilly Northeastern home that’s no stranger to a fierce winter blow? Or what about on a hot desert property, that’s sun-drenched 90 percent of the year? Careful—the answer is more complicated than it seems! It’s tempting to think that solar only perform well in sunny, hot climates—it is called “solar” power, Continue Reading
Solar BIPV at Alliander Group Site Interview with an Expert: The Future of Solar with Building-Integrated PV
The future of solar isn’t flat black panels. Thanks to the development of a technology known as “building-integrated photovoltaics,” solar cells are now placed in all different locations—in windows, in roof tiles, on the sides of buildings, in glass atriums. The idea is to design the cells so that they fit seamlessly into a building’s architecture, rather than tacking on Continue Reading
solar home in a field of wildflowers Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Energy Financing for Solar: What You Need to Know
Most of us don’t just have an extra $25,000 lying around—if we did, the credit card companies would all but go out of business! Unfortunately, though, that’s what it costs—pre-incentives—for an average solar energy system installation. While rebates and energy savings can make back what you spend fairly quickly, there’s not a whole lot you can do if you don’t Continue Reading
Solar glass tube hot water panel array on a roof Passive Versus Active Solar Hot Water Heaters: Which Is Better?
As a homeowner, having options is great—you wouldn’t want just one paint color to choose from, would you? But it also makes the purchasing process a little bit more complex, especially when it comes to important decisions, like saving energy throughout your home. And when you decide to offset some of your utility costs with a solar hot water heater, Continue Reading
Measuring for Solar Panels Efficiency Improvements to Pair with Your Solar Installation
There’s a whole lot to love about solar. For less than the price of a new car, you can enjoy reduced energy bills that will pay for your unit many times over in just a few years—and give your home some coveted green cred, too. But a solar energy system is only as efficient as the home it serves. What’s the use Continue Reading
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

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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