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What does the Green New Deal mean for home solar?

What does the Green New Deal mean for home solar?

In short: The Green New Deal is an ambitious, big-picture attempt to bring existing state-level goals and incentives designed to help us all use more renewable energy to the whole nation. But without a guarantee it will get passed, people who want solar for their homes should go solar sooner rather than later to take advantage of incentives set to expire soon. You’ve probably heard a lot of shouting from every end of the political spectrum -- from passionate support and rallies all the way to outright laughter and trolling...
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Tesla says they’ve lowered prices for home solar. Are they now the best deal?

Tesla says they’ve lowered prices for home solar. Are they now the best deal?

Last week, Tesla held its 2019 first-quarter earnings call, announcing a loss of over $700 million dollars, mostly because it sold fewer cars and home solar systems than it anticipated. Tucked in among the details of the earnings report was an interesting nugget of information for people interested in solar: Tesla, long one of the highest-cost installers in the country, says it's planning to lower its prices to about 15% lower than the national average. To do this, the company says they're "streamlining operations," by selling systems in pre-determined sizes....
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Do solar panels increase home value? Yes they do.

Do solar panels increase home value? Yes they do.

Switching to solar power can pay you back in more ways than a lower electric bill. You get environmental benefits, other solar incentives like SRECs, and, oh yeah solar panels increase home value. Study after study after study comparing sales of solar and non-solar houses show clearly that homes—even near-identical homes in the same community—sell for more with solar. Even if you sell your home before you’ve had the opportunity to use solar power over a long period, the panels are still a good investment. The most convincing study of all came...
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The Solar Bill of Rights would protect the right to own solar (and batteries) in California

The Solar Bill of Rights would protect the right to own solar (and batteries) in California

We live in a world where utility companies regularly use ratepayer funds to lobby state representatives for changes to laws and rules that would curb the growth of rooftop solar, and even reverse decades-old rules like net metering in an effort to keep profitability high. So naturally, solar advocates find it necessary to band together to protect the rights of solar owners to have panels on their roofs, batteries attached to their systems, and fair compensation for the energy they generate and the public benefits they provide. That's where the...
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Frequently Asked Questions about the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit for 2019

Frequently Asked Questions about the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit for 2019

The federal solar tax credit, also known as the Solar Investment Tax Credit, or ITC, is the single most successful and important solar incentive available in the United States. The ITC is a direct tax credit of 30% of the cost to install a solar system, awarded to the system owner in the year after installation. But that's not all there is to learn about the ITC. In fact, the first thing you should know is that solar installations completed after December 31st, 2019, won't be eligible for the 30%...
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Top 5 Outdoor Solar Lights for 2019

Top 5 Outdoor Solar Lights for 2019

Solar power makes everything better, and that's never so true as in the case of outdoor solar lights. Who wants to run wires under their yard to power dozens of little landscape lights? Nobody we know. Whether your heart's desire is a yard that shines with a beautiful glow, a garage kept safe by motion-sensing security lights, or just the ability to see when you're walking around after dark, solar lights are the most convenient, eco-friendly way to add a little light to your night! Our picks for best outdoor...
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Why Austin, Texas Provides Some Of The Best Neighborhoods For Fans of Solar Roofs

Why Austin, Texas Provides Some Of The Best Neighborhoods For Fans of Solar Roofs

Guest post by Kath Johnson People moving to Austin are often shocked when they get their first electric bill, especially in the summer when the air conditioner is continuously running. The average Austin home uses roughly 11,500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity every year, costing an average of $1,130 a year. Fortunately, people in Austin are not only weird, they’re also thrifty and environmentally conscious. That’s why Austin provides some of the best neighborhoods in the country for fans of solar roofs. This trending alternative protects the environment as well as...
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The 5 best ways to finance solar panels for your home, from solar loans to PPAs

The 5 best ways to finance solar panels for your home, from solar loans to PPAs

So you've decided that a solar panel installation is right for your home. Maybe you even got a free solar estimate from one of our expert solar partners. Now you need to know how to pay for your solar panels. We're here to tell you why a solar loan is the best choice, and why all other solar panel financing options pale in comparison. Here's a guide to the different methods of home solar panel financing, from most to least awesome: #1: Take out a secured solar loan or HELOC...
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2018 Gubernatorial Candidates on Solar Power

2018 Gubernatorial Candidates on Solar Power

If you want to install solar panels on you home in the USA, where you live matters. Your state's laws and policies regarding solar power have a huge impact on the prospects for home solar, both practically (e.g., whether the laws in your state make it easy to get permits, connect your system to the grid, etc.) and financially (whether you can expect your panels to pay back your initial investment and eventually turn a profit). A lot of people play a role in crafting the solar landscape of a...
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New Jersey’s top solar incentive program will end soon

New Jersey’s top solar incentive program will end soon

It isn't the sunniest place in the country, but New Jersey consistently earns one of the top spots in our annual ranking of the states for their friendliness to home solar. The Garden State earns that top spot both because it has excellent legislative policy driving the solar marketplace, which includes the nation's top solar incentive: Solar Renewable Energy Credits, or SRECs for short. Here are the most important things you need to know about SRECs: Each SREC is worth about $200 to owners of solar systems in New Jersey...
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