News Category: Solar 101
January 26, 2018
Numerous solar cost-estimating tools to help you understand how much a solar array should cost you. Having that knowledge ready when you talk to solar installers helps you better understand the pros and cons of financing solar options and can help yo...
January 24, 2018
The short answer is that they won’t. Here’s why the newly implemented solar tariffs will have minimal effect on the cost of residential solar panel installation in the United States in 2018 and 2019.
What Is Net Metering and how will it be affected by the increasing use of time of use electricity rates?
January 12, 2018
The big utilities have started to transition to time-of-use billing. How will time-of-use billing effect net metering?
December 19, 2017
Home and property owners across the U.S. continue to install solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems at a rapid pace, and they're increasingly purchasing their systems outright as opposed to leasing them or signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) wit...
California's latest self-generation incentive program gets off to a flying start, but does it make battery storage economic?
December 18, 2017
"Behind the utility meter,” battery-based energy storage systems, California's latest Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) got off to a flying start in May.
December 10, 2017
An increasing number of studies are showing that solar power is adding value to homes when they’re sold. However, the studies are still limited in scope to a handful of states, but the experience in those markets shows that it’s likely to happen in m...
November 29, 2017
Solar carports and canopies are ideal solutions for solar power when rooftop solar might not work, but as the Investment Tax Credit incentive has evolved what's covered in terms of solar carports has changed. Here's what you should know.
November 22, 2017
Solar panel efficiency might seem opaque. But whether you choose ci-Silicon modules or thin-film solar modules, it can determine how well your system works.
November 15, 2017
The most common types of solar energy systems for homes are grid-connected, grid-connected with energy storage (also called hybrid solar), off-grid (also called stand-alone), and DC systems.
November 11, 2017
Solar energy installations and capacity in South Carolina have taken a turn for the better since enactment of the state Distributed Energy Resource Program Act in 2014, and they have been rising since.
November 06, 2017
More Americans are taking advantage of the substantial and various benefits of installing a residential solar energy system can provide – and not just because the federal solar investment tax credit is winding down. Utilities in states across the nat...