Solar Power Rocks logo

Solar Power Rocks - Clear info on home solar power rebates, tax credits, and other benefits

Find out how much you can save with solar!

Get quotes from trusted local installers



Privacy Assurance - We will not sell or otherwise transmit your personal information to others without your permission.

Solar Power News and Information

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...
Read More
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...
Read More
1 Reply
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...
Read More
9 Replies
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...
Read More
11 Replies
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...
Read More
Missouri’s 2019 solar rebates lower home solar costs by 15% or more

Missouri’s 2019 solar rebates lower home solar costs by 15% or more

Missouri has long flown under the radar when it comes to its solar industry. Sure the state doesn't have the flashy incentives of a place like New Jersey, or the 100% renewable energy goals of Hawaii and California. But it does have is the only citizenry that voted in a Renewables Portfolio Standard for the state, and also, so pretty sweet solar rebates for some of its most populated areas. Those rebates are what we're writing about today, and they're nothing to sneeze at. As we mentioned in the headline...
Read More
Turnkey, DIY or Independent Contractor: What’s the best way to install your solar system?

Turnkey, DIY or Independent Contractor: What’s the best way to install your solar system?

Editor’s note: Many years ago, we at Solar Power Rocks wrote an article called “Don’t DIY: Why Installing Solar Panels Yourself Can Cost You More.” It's a humorous (but mostly accurate) take on the idea that getting up on your roof with a bunch of wires and 45-lb. solar panels wasn’t something the average homeowner can take on by themselves. Fast-forward to 2018, and there are much better solutions on the market for people who have a little time and mechanical aptitude. There’s also the option of designing your own...
Read More
5 Replies
Is solar right for grandma? How and when older Americans should go solar.

Is solar right for grandma? How and when older Americans should go solar.

Installing solar panels on your home can be a brilliant idea for several reasons. It can save you money on electricity bills, paying for itself in as little as 4 or 5 years in some places, and providing energy for up to 30 years after. A solar installation adds value to your home, reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with burning fossil fuels, and looks pretty darn good, too. With all those benefits, solar is great for a lot of people, and solar is great in a lot of places. But...
Read More
3 Replies
A new kind of solar lease could bring solar to more states.

A new kind of solar lease could bring solar to more states.

Photo: Jon Callas There are two different ways to get solar panels on your roof: ownership, which means you buy (or take a loan) for a solar system, get it up on your roof, and reap the benefits for the next few decades or so; and third-party ownership, under which a solar installer agrees to put panels on your home and you agree to pay them either a flat monthly fee (leasing) or for the electricity the panels make (a power purchase agreement, or PPA). Third-party ownership has mostly followed...
Read More
California will require solar on new homes in 2020. Your state should, too.

California will require solar on new homes in 2020. Your state should, too.

On May 9th, 2018, in a move that may prove to be a catalyst of a new kind of home solar revolution in the state, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted unanimously to approve a measure requiring homes built after the start of 2020 to have solar panels. The move adds to California's already robust energy efficiency standards to provide for homes that can be designed from the start to offset all their grid usage with solar. There are a lot of details to be combed through, but the rules...
Read More
1 Reply

Last modified: January 29, 2019

How much can you save with a solar roof?

Profit from your roof space: find local deals on solar, eliminate your power bill, and join the solar revolution.

See my savings!
shares

Solar Power Rocks is a Wave Solar company

Wave Solar Logo