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Affordable Solar Power for Low-Income Families in Minnesota: The 2019 Update

Affordable Solar Power for Low-Income Families in Minnesota: The 2019 Update

Minnesota's Solar Rewards Program Launched in 2019, the Solar Rewards program is offered by the private utility Xcel Energy and overseen by the Minnesota Commerce Department Division of Energy Resources. The program offers a solar production incentive of 7 cents per kWh produced by its customers, for systems up to 40 kW or 120% of on-site consumption, for all single family households over a period of ten years after installation. A low income segment of the program offers an upfront installation incentive of $2,000 per kW for qualifying low income...
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Affordable Solar Power in Connecticut: A 2019 update

Affordable Solar Power in Connecticut: A 2019 update

Connecticut's Solar For All Program Established in 2015, Connecticut’s Solar For All Program has, as of June of 2018, installed solar panels on 1,651 low income single family households across the state. The program is part of Connecticut’s Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP), which provides production incentives to help lower the costs associated with installing solar panels. Both programs are overseen by the Connecticut Green Bank, a public entity which finances and incentivizes green energy projects by providing guarantees via money paid by the state’s electrical rate payers to attract...
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Affordable Solar Power in Massachusetts: A 2019 Update

Affordable Solar Power in Massachusetts: A 2019 Update

Solar Loan Support Program Overview First established in 2014, the Massachusetts Solar Loan Program is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Energy (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The purpose of the program is to help single family households finance the purchase of solar panels in order to avoid the need for third party ownership (TPO) or leasing agreements, thus allowing them to gain the full economic and financial benefits of solar installation. Initially utilizing $30 million raised via the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Alternative Compliance Payment...
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Tesla’s Solar Roof Might Finally Be Happening…?

Tesla’s Solar Roof Might Finally Be Happening…?

In short: After two years of delays, Elon Musk might finally be getting Tesla’s act together with the production of the company’s much-hyped V3 Solar Roof. With falling solar panel sales and a lot of talk without the walk, it’s reasonable for a consumer to have concerns about buying Tesla’s solar products. We can only hope that the solar roof is actually happening now, soon, maybe. What is Tesla’s V3 Solar Roof and why is it special? Tesla’s V3 Solar Roof boasts a sleek, “invisible” design from street level due...
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Affordable Solar Power for Low-Income Families: Colorado

Affordable Solar Power for Low-Income Families: Colorado

Note: the low-income solar program described below currently exists in Colorado, but with limited funding, it appears as though it won't be helping any more homeowners install solar on their homes. That's too bad, because for the 300 households it covered, the program was quite successful. If you are unable to afford the upfront cost of solar panels in Colorado, there are solar financing and leasing options available. We dive into more detail on affordable solar in Colorado below. Our hope is that Xcel Energy and the state can find...
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SolarPowerRocks.com chooses Solar-Estimate.org to offer accurate solar estimates to its users

SolarPowerRocks.com chooses Solar-Estimate.org to offer accurate solar estimates to its users

PORTLAND, Ore. Jul. 18, 2019 — Pioneering home solar education website SolarPowerRocks.com has announced they will be adding the Solar-Estimate.org solar panel calculator to their website. For some time, homeowners using Solar Power Rocks (SPR) have wanted to estimate the solar savings potential of their homes but SPR was reluctant to offer tools that might produce inaccurate results. "In the past, we've offered only general examples of the savings homeowners might see by installing solar panels, because there hasn't been an online solar calculator that can model the effect of...
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Companion bills to extend the Solar Investment Tax Credit introduced in U.S. House and Senate

Companion bills to extend the Solar Investment Tax Credit introduced in U.S. House and Senate

In short: The federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) offers 30% of the costs to install solar as an income tax credit in the year after installation The ITC is the incentive program most responsible for the booming U.S. Solar Industry, but is currently set to be phased out over the next 3 years New legislation, cosponsored by several 2020 presidential candidates introduced into both chambers of the U.S. Congress seeks to extend the credit for 5 years On July 25th, 2019, twin bills that seek a 5-year extension for...
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Affordable Solar Power for Low-Income Families: California

Affordable Solar Power for Low-Income Families: California

Part 1 in a series of articles about affordable solar panels in the USA. California has long been a pioneer and a leader in solar programs, with the state's first solar rebates starting way back in 1998, and continuing to this day in various forms. The state's policies have been instrumental in helping the cost of solar panels drop more than 75% in the years since the first rebates were offered. These days, homeowners installing solar panels in California enjoy a 7-year payback timeframe, with total average savings measured in...
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Why You Should Consider a Solar Carport

Why You Should Consider a Solar Carport

In short: Solar carports are a great 2-for-1 for homeowners interested in solar energy, and for keeping their vehicles safe from the elements. They’re not that different than ground-mounted solar systems in structure and installation; they’re just raised up higher. The major advantage is they don’t require extra land to install, and the prices are right on par with traditional roof-mounted systems. What are solar carports? We have to get the biggest confusion out of the way here: solar carports are different than ground-mounted solar systems, and they’re different from...
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Affordable Solar Power for Low-Income Families in the USA

Affordable Solar Power for Low-Income Families in the USA

In short: Solar panels aren’t just for the well-off. If you qualify as low-income, there are programs available to help you afford solar panels depending on where you live. We’ve compiled a summary of the most inclusive low-income solar programs around the country, and instructions on how to apply. We at Solar Power Rocks talk a lot about paying for solar panels, and all the ways they save you money in the long run - if you can afford the cost. But solar shouldn’t be exclusively for people who can...
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