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3 Reasons Used Solar Panels Are a Bad Idea

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Installing used solar panels might sound like a great way to save money. In truth, the savings may not be all that great, because older modules lack today’s high-output technology. And in many cases, they will not qualify for the many financial incentives and rebates you get with new panels. If...

Solar Incentives: A Guide to Finding Them in Your Area

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Solar incentives can significantly reduce the cost of your home PV system. If you take advantage of every tax credit, rebate and grant available for switching to photovoltaic power, you can potentially save up to 50 percent of the total system cost. How do you find these financial incentives? The...

Solar Energy Installers and NABCEP Certification

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Solar energy installers are multiplying quickly across the Intermountain West. If you’re planning to make the move to photovoltaic (PV) energy, it’s important to choose a qualified photovoltaic contractor who is licensed to work in your state. Industry experts recommend looking for a professional...

Photovoltaic Energy Systems: Can You Install One on a Metal Roof?

Photovoltaic Energy Systems on a Metal Roof
Photovoltaic energy systems are versatile, working in just about any rooftop location you can imagine. But can you install a power-generating system on a metal roof? PV system installation on most roofing materials involves bolting the solar panels through the shingles to the roof joists. Metal roofs,...

What Is a Solar Carport? And Should You Install One?

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Essentially, a solar carport is a just like any other open-sided parking shelter, except that the surface is covered in photovoltaic panels. Why would you want to install a solar carport? One compelling reason is that these innovative structures offer numerous benefits to both businesses and...

Does Rooftop Solar Maintenance Require Professional Assistance?

Rooftop Solar Maintenance Require Professional Assistance
Before investing in a rooftop solar array, you’ll want to know what ongoing expenses to expect. The photovoltaic (PV) panels and inverter come with warranty coverage, but what type of maintenance is required to meet the terms of the warranties? Will you need to hire a solar professional to take regular...

Solar Energy Systems: How to Calculate Available Roof Space

Solar Energy Systems How to Calculate Available Roof Space
A home solar energy system can create enough electricity to meet your household needs — if the system is sized correctly. An online calculator can give you an estimate of how many solar panels you’ll need to harness an ample supply of energy from the sun. However, it won’t tell you whether your...