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residential solar 2018

2018: Another Banner Year for Solar

by solarguru
In 2016, predictions surrounding the solar industry seemed to suggest that 2017 would see a drastic shift downward of solar panel installations. These predictions were errantly based on the fact that China and the US were revising their solar policies, which led experts to believe it would take time to figure out what these policy revisions consisted of. As it turns out, 2017 was a great year for the solar industry and installations, precisely because of those policy revisions. The global solar community installed an astounding 75 GW(Giga-Watts) of solar power in 2016. Although final numbers aren’t in, expectations for [...]
Community Solar Farm

Community Solar Farms; The Future of Sustainable Urban Energy

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By now you should be aware of the resurgence of solar in the alternative energy industry. Installation of solar energy systems for residential homeowners continues to experience rapid growth across the entire country. Up until recently, the majority of solar system installations occurred on homesteads, or in suburban settings that have developed regional codes for allowing the installation of solar system equipment. In fact, many localities now have incentives for suburban homeowners to give serious consideration for investing in solar energy systems. Today, one of the more interesting concepts in the solar industry involves the creation of community solar farms. [...]
Solar Home for Sale

Home Buyer’s Beware of Existing Solar

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It’s no secret that the push for renewable energy has hit the United States. Today, solar installations across the country are increasing drastically, compared to just 20 years ago. There are currently more than 1 million solar installations in the US, enough to power over 5.5 million residential homes. Once considered an investment for the wealthy, the drastically decreasing cost of going solar has allowed for middle class families to get onboard with a renewable energy source. Individuals interested in selling a home with existing solar can expect to receive a slightly higher asking price. Those interested in buying a [...]
Solar System Installer

Before Going Off Grid; Things You Need to Know

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When solar panels first became available, the companies that installed them focused their efforts on off-grid systems, primarily for homes built far from existing power lines. Today, most solar installation companies specialize in grid tie-in systems simply because the majority of growth in the solar industry is occurring within urban/suburban communities that currently have access to the local grid. This is very important for those who are new to solar as the two types of systems are drastically different, as are the skills needed to design, install and maintain the systems themselves. The knowledge required for these endeavors is only [...]
4 Signs 4 Solar

4 Signs Solar is a Good Fit for You

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A decade ago there were fewer than 9,200 megawatts of solar spread across the entire United States. In 2016 that number almost tripled. Today there are over 27 gigawatts of solar stretched across rooftops, and dotting the landscape all over America. Even with that amazing growth in the solar industry, the United States is still decades away from realizing complete sustainability in the renewable energy sector. If you have the desire to go with greener energy, then this article is written with you in mind. Although there is a ton of literature out there on the subject of going solar, [...]
SOLAR SUNFLOWER

Six Innovative Solar Systems for the Future

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The technology surrounding solar energy has exploded in recent years. Newer innovative ideas are paving the path for affordable solar products designed to generate power using unique shapes and styles. Today’s solar technology is light years ahead of the traditional solar panel, with developers experimenting with various materials and shapes in an ongoing effort to maximize the potential of harnessing energy from the sun. Engineers have successfully created flexible small scale solar cells which are capable of adhering to almost any surface structure. Solar industry leaders are always looking for ways to get the most bang for their buck from [...]
40 Solar Facts

Did You Know…? 40 Fast Facts About Solar

by solarguru
According to current data, non-renewable sources of energy are being gobbled up at an astounding rate. It is with this in mind that the focus for the future has been on “renewable” sources of energy, or “sustainable” sources as it were, such as solar, hydro, wind, and geothermal. The two alternative methods of producing energy that are receiving the most attention; solar and wind. Of those two methods, solar is the most popular among residential customers, primarily because it can be installed without needing to be a certain height, which could be restricted in urban and suburban settings. What is [...]
Passive Active

Passive & Active Solar Systems

by solarguru
“Sustainability” is all the rage these days. Everywhere we look there are new opportunities for us to take advantage of. Most of us have begun to recycle everything we can, we have converted to new LED light bulbs for greater effectiveness and efficiency, and maybe we even grow our own food and compost the scraps or feed them to the livestock. So, why not consider an option that allows us to reduce an enormous carbon footprint by switching to solar energy systems? The biggest problem most people have when looking for an alternative energy system is where to begin. Although [...]
Wind and Sun

Off Grid Energy: Solar & Wind Combo

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Energy derived from ample sources of wind is provided by wind turbines. Industrial wind turbines consist of enormous propeller blades that are driven by the wind. Often mistakenly called wind mills, in reference to older designs of similar fashion previously used to extract water from the well, today’s wind turbines are extremely efficient and very effective at converting energy into electricity. Obviously, they work best in regions where weather patterns historically indicate there is sufficient wind to drive them. Power generated by the wind, like power generated by the sun, requires battery banks to deposit and store excess electricity generated [...]
Solar Bulb

Off Grid Energy: An Introduction to Solar Power

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Generating power using the sun is currently the most popular option for producing alternate energy. Environmentalists, eco-friendly companies and individuals, all claim that solar power provides a pollution free platform for generating off grid energy. Conventional energy companies are also starting to assemble, install, and incorporate solar arrays with existing energy grids; the reduced cost of maintenance, ease of repair and safety advantages over current infrastructure components used to generate, store, and direct flow of power. The solar industry employs battery banks that house rechargeable batteries, which are available from several manufacturers. The industry has also recognized the various branches [...]