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Solar Energy Spring Break for College Students

Solar Energy Spring Break
The two seemingly disparate topics of solar energy and spring break have come together to create an amazing synergy. Today, not every college student spends spring break partying on the beach. Some are instead choosing to spend that time bringing solar power to underserved communities. Through...

Does Your Photovoltaic System Require Special Insurance?

Solar Panel Insurance
The sun’s energy is free, but installing a photovoltaic system at your home or business is definitely an investment. Considering the costs involved, you may wonder whether you need to protect your investment with insurance. The answer depends on several factors that may influence your decision. You...

Living Off-Grid: Stand-Alone Solar Energy Systems

Living Off-Grid
If you want to work or live off-grid, a stand-alone solar energy system enables you to power your home or business without the assistance of the utility company. Using photovoltaic power to live off-grid is becoming increasingly popular, as it provides both energy independence and significant long-term...

Solar Panel System Prices: Understanding Soft Costs

Solar Panel System Costs
Solar panel system prices have steadily declined over the last several decades, coming down by an incredible 80 percent just within the last eight years. But while the costs of photovoltaic panels, inverters and other system components have reached historic lows, other expenses involved with installation...

Designing Your New Home with Solar

New Solar Home
Keeping solar in mind when you design your new home will help optimize your energy efficiency and provide you with a real financial boost. You’ll see immediate savings on your electric bill, as well as long-term savings in the form of stabilized energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of...

Solar Panel System Estimates: What Should They Include?

Experts recommend getting a solar panel system estimate from at least three companies before selecting the photovoltaic installation contractor you like best. Speaking with several contractors can help ensure you get the one that best meets your needs. The installers expect you to get multiple bids. And...

Solar Inverters: How to Choose the Best Type for You

Solar Inverters
Solar inverters play a critical role in photovoltaic systems, converting the direct current (DC) energy generated by the solar panels to alternating current (AC). AC power is the standard used across the United States for household appliances and electronic equipment. So in effect, these devices make...