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Grid-Tied Solar vs. Off-Grid Power — Weighing the Pros & Cons

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Although grid-tied solar power is more popular with homeowners throughout the Intermountain West, off-grid solar is quickly catching on. When you’re shopping for a solar power system, you have to make a lot of decisions. One of the most important is whether to choose grid-tied solar, an off-grid...

3 Spring Energy-Saving Tips for Solar-Powered Homes

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For solar-powered homes, saving energy equates to saving money. Maximizing your household efficiency provides a boost to electricity cost savings and shortens the time it takes to reach the point when your photovoltaic system has paid for itself. This spring, start thinking about ways to keep your...

Why Choosing a Local Solar Contractor Is Better

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Is it better to hire a local solar contractor, or is a national photovoltaic installer a better idea? A handful of large, national contractors handle the lion’s share of photovoltaic installations across the country. This isn’t surprising, since the industry behemoths have much larger marketing...

Should You Go Solar Now, or Wait?

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Are you ready to go solar, but wonder if the timing is right? You’re not alone. Countless homeowners throughout the Intermountain West are debating this very issue. Perhaps you’re waiting to see whether photovoltaic panels will become more efficient or less expensive — or both. After...

3 Reasons Solar Energy Is Perfect for Schools

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Solar energy systems are a natural fit for schools. And thanks to the many benefits that renewable photovoltaic power offers, educational installations are on the rise. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), U.S. schools collectively had 303 kilowatts of photovoltaic capacity...

Commercial Solar Power Successfully Fuels Gas Stations

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Gas stations running on commercial solar power is a growing phenomenon in the U.S. In 2013, a downtown Salt Lake City gas station installed photovoltaic panels to provide power. Soon after, Oregon and Vermont also became home to solar-powered gas stations. Now, a multinational oil and gas company...

Can Solar Panel Glass Break?

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Solar panel glass is incredibly strong. Photovoltaic modules are fabricated using commercial-grade tempered glass, which is much more resistant to breakage than normal glass. However, although the glass is designed to withstand heavy use, it can break. This doesn’t happen often, but understanding...