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Coronavirus is creating bolstered solar programs in Massachusetts and New York

The United States is facing economic peril not seen since the Great Depression. With 30 million people filing for unemployment in the past month, we’re in new territory. Legislators in all state houses are scrambling to draft initiatives to create relief and provide some certainty to industry once people can get back to work on […]

Last modified: April 17, 2020

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Should you get a home solar battery in 2020? Is Tesla Powerwall Best?

It’s 2020. Can we run off-grid mansions staffed by AI robot servants using only solar panels and Tesla Powerwall batteries yet? Not quite, but you’re not alone if you got a little excited by the thought. Recent research indicates that 74% of people shopping for home solar power are also interested in home solar battery […]

Last modified: April 23, 2020

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Is a DC or AC battery right for your solar home?

Solar batteries come in two flavors, DC and AC coupled, which differ in how efficient they are and how they connect to your solar panels and the grid. If you’re adding a battery to an existing solar installation, it’s almost always more cost-effective to choose an AC-coupled battery. If you’re getting a new solar+battery installation, […]

Last modified: April 7, 2020

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If you have low income in California, a special program can subsidize the entire cost of your home battery backup system

Since we’ve been tracking residential clean energy incentives in 2007, California has always been an innovative leader. The state has the most solar installations in the country, and a big reason why is the progressive thinking and execution from legislators in Sacramento. With more focus on resilience and grid stability than ever, California continues to […]

Last modified: March 31, 2020

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Portable power stations, are they worth it?

Last week, we couldn’t help but chuckle as we learned a baboon on his way to a scheduled vasectomy managed to escape his transport with two females. He must have known danger was on the way. With anxiety levels approaching higher levels brought on by the uncertainty associated with the coronavirus, you might be so […]

Last modified: March 9, 2020

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3 ways smart solar inverters can save you money

Traditionally, home solar inverters have had just one key function: They convert the direct current moving out of your solar panels to alternating current your home appliances use. Over the past decade, inverter technology has advanced to add enhanced capabilities like data monitoring, communication, and conditional responsiveness. In these ways, inverters have absolutely become more […]

Last modified: April 24, 2020

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New Mexico One Step Closer to Enacting 10% Solar Tax Credit

There is new movement on the solar policy front out of New Mexico. The state legislature has moved a solar tax credit bill out of its first committee after being blocked 5 times since 2016. Senate majority whip Mimi Stewart’s bill creates a 10% tax credit which lasts until 2030, capped at $6,000 for anyone […]

Last modified: February 18, 2020

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Tesla Cuts Home Solar Prices by 4%

Tesla is newly flush with cash after a stock move from $220 a share a few months ago to now nearing $800. The company also recently announced cuts of nearly 4% off the cost of its home solar packages. The solar installation price reduction may be more of a response to the federal investment tax […]

Last modified: February 12, 2020

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