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Articles About Solar Questions

Everything you see below answers one or more questions people have about solar power for their home! Are you wondering how much energy a solar panel makes, or whether solar panels can help you survive a blackout? We’ve got the answers below!

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What are bifacial solar panels, and why are they awesome?

In short: In short: Bifacial solar panels are a smart, efficient way to harness even more of the sun’s energy; typically 11-20% more energy is captured than energy from traditional PV panels. Bifacial solar panels are in the spotlight these days because they recently became exempt from President Trump’s Section 201 solar panel tariffs. Bifacial […]

Last modified: November 8, 2019

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What happens to solar panels in a hurricane?

PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS In short: Hurricanes produce more wind than almost any other natural phenomenon on earth, and they can damage anything and everything in their path. But modern solar panels are built strong enough to withstand storm and hail damage and securely attached to your roof to hold during even the highest winds. If you […]

Last modified: September 9, 2019

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Should you install more solar, or add batteries?

We recently got this question from a reader named Ellen: Q: I’m getting 16 solar panels installed on my house. I can get more panels (up to a total of 30) or I can buy a battery. Which option would save more energy? The answer is actually pretty simple: Most batteries receive energy from solar […]

Last modified: May 23, 2019

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Here’s why you should get multiple solar quotes (and check the math)

We recently got a question from a solar-curious person in South Carolina. We’ll call her ‘Katherine’ (names have been changed to protect the innocent… and the guilty). She had gotten two very different quotes from two solar companies, and each promised their system could eliminate 80% of her bill. The differences between the quotes she […]

Last modified: January 8, 2019

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How solar can help you survive a power outage

What will you do when the power goes out? Even if you have solar panels on your roof, your answer will probably be “light a candle and wait it out.” Unless you know how to make it work. It’s true: most solar panel systems aren’t designed to work during a power outage. Below, we’ll detail […]

Last modified: March 20, 2020

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Your Solar Questions Answered, Vol. 2

Welcome, dear readers to another edition of Your Solar Questions Answered. Let’s jump right in with this question from Jim in Illinois: Q: What happens if net metering goes away in my state? A: Probably not much (if you already installed solar) For those of you not in the know, net metering is the policy […]

Last modified: October 1, 2019

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Is your house good for solar? Getting ready for solar panels for your home.

If you’ve found our site, chances are good you’re thinking about getting solar panels for your home. During that process, one of the first and most important questions to ask yourself is “is my house good for solar?” And fortunately, the answer is pretty simple. Here are the ingredients of a great solar home, in […]

Last modified: October 1, 2019

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East or West-Facing Solar Panels – How Good Are They?

In the northern hemisphere, the sun crosses the sky a little to the south, which means putting solar panels on a south-facing roof is the best way for homeowners to capture the most solar energy. But what if you don’t have a suitable south-facing roof? Well, when it comes to solar panels, west is second-best. […]

Last modified: February 27, 2020

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Solar Panel Maintenance for Every Weather

This question pops up in the FAQs of nearly every solar-related website and seems to be a great source of fear for many considering the switch to solar. Fear not, however, as we’re going to break down all the required maintenance for solar panels! Whether you live in the ever-dependable rain of the Pacific Northwest, […]

Last modified: March 20, 2020

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