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How many solar panels do you need? Calculate your system size.

How many solar panels do you need? Calculate your system size.

One of the most important questions to ask when you're considering solar panels for your home is "how many solar panels do I need?" It's important because you want to make sure your solar panels can provide enough electricity to offset your power bill and pay back their cost. Here's...
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What are Time of Use Rates, & When Is Electricity Cheapest?

What are Time of Use Rates, & When Is Electricity Cheapest?

Time of use rates are a kind of electricity billing arrangement in which the price of electricity changes based on the time of day. Also called “TOU rates,” they make electricity more expensive during “peak hours,” when there is high demand, and less expensive during hours of low-demand. Time of...
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What are Solar Renewable Energy Certificates, (SRECs)?

What are Solar Renewable Energy Certificates, (SRECs)?

As we’ve reported on many of our state solar resource pages, the economics for home solar power in the United States are exceptional. With higher electricity costs, strong rebates, and the Federal solar tax credit, investing in a home solar energy system now makes strong financial sense, even without additional...
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Coronavirus is creating bolstered solar programs in Massachusetts and New York

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...
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Air quality imagery reveals huge pollution improvements across the United States

Air quality imagery reveals huge pollution improvements across the United States

If you’re looking for a glimmer of good news during the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve got you covered. Air quality data across the United States and globe has drastically improved. Air pollution has been reduced as more cities have adopted and adhered to shelter in place orders. Check out a recent...
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Save Big with Heat Pump Hot Water Heating and Home Battery Storage

Save Big with Heat Pump Hot Water Heating and Home Battery Storage

Creating hot water is the second largest component of home energy consumption, accounting for 12% of a typical home's energy use. In the United States, over 85% of residences use natural gas or standard electric water heaters, though they are not very efficient. By pairing a new type of water...
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Should you get a home solar battery in 2020? Is Tesla Powerwall Best?

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

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...
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How the inflation risk from the US government coronavirus response may affect your solar profits

How the inflation risk from the US government coronavirus response may affect your solar profits

A few weeks ago, the Federal Reserve announced unlimited asset purchases to keep the economy afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. The government is also about to release a $2 trillion stimulus package (that's $2,000,000,000,000). This is by far the most ambitious effort to support the economy in history. There are...
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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

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...
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