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Solar Site Evaluation in 3 Easy Steps

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A professional solar site evaluation is invaluable for helping you understand the benefits and challenges of installing a photovoltaic system. And getting an expert opinion won’t cost you a thing. Most photovoltaic contractors — including Intermountain Wind & Solar — offer free consultations...

Check Your Home’s Solar Potential with Project Sunroof

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If you want to determine the solar potential of your property, Google’s online tool, Project Sunroof, can help. When Google created Project Sunroof in 2015, its coverage area was limited. Since then, however, Google has greatly expanded, and now states in the Intermountain West are included in the...

4 Compelling Reasons to Add Solar Batteries to a Grid-Tied System

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Solar batteries aren’t a requirement for a grid-tied PV system, as the utility company provides electricity when the sun isn’t shining. Even so, installing a battery bank can be a wise investment for homeowners stuck with unfavorable electric utility rate policies. If yours includes any of...

Will My Solar Panels Ever Need to Be Replaced?

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Solar panels are designed to be extremely rugged, and they can easily tolerate whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at them. However, photovoltaic modules aren’t immune to environmental exposure. Over the course of decades, they lose some efficiency. How long can you expect solar panels...

Why Do Photovoltaic Panels Have Grid Lines?

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From a distance, photovoltaic panels appear to be solid black or blue. Get up closer, though, and you can see that solar modules have a pattern of white lines. What are these lines? What do they do? Do all solar panels have a visible grid pattern? The answer lies in the way PV panels are designed...

4 Questions to Ask Your Solar Installer

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When you contact a solar installer, you may not know enough about photovoltaic system installation to ask the right questions. At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we want our customers to make well-informed choices. To that end, we want to share four critical questions to ask your PV solar installation...

Does Corrosion Affect PV Solar Performance?

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A home PV solar power system harnesses the sun’s energy to provide you with free solar electricity for decades. But photovoltaic arrays are continually exposed to the elements. Consequently, they may degrade and lose a bit of efficiency over time. Corrosion is often to blame for degradation,...