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Choosing a Solar Contractor? Ask These Questions First

Choosing A Solar Contractor
Choosing the right solar contractor is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when installing a residential or commercial photovoltaic system. Choosing the right contractor can mean the difference between a solar panel system that provides decades of trouble-free service and one that plagues...

Solar Battery Backup Systems: Get the Most for Your Money

Solar Battery Backup System
Solar battery backup systems store leftover energy from your photovoltaic panel arrays, and that saves you money. Rather than feeding that extra electricity back to the grid or wasting it, this high-tech equipment saves it for later. With a battery bank, you can use solar power even when the sun isn’t...

Solar Energy Glossary: Distributed Energy Resources or DER

Distributed Energy Resources
Many U.S. residents have become interested in solar energy as a source of power for their homes and businesses today, thanks to concerns about our country’s electric utility services. Common concerns include exorbitant rate hikes, subpar quality, unreliability and more frequent and extended power...

Solar Return on Investment: How to Calculate Yours

Solar Return on Investment
The rate of return on investment (ROI) for a solar installation is an important financial consideration for anyone thinking of purchasing a photovoltaic system. Alternative energy systems require a significant investment, so of course you need to know the potential savings and payback time you can...

Solar Net Metering and Utility Company Rates: The Great Debate

Solar Net Metering
The debate over solar net metering is reaching a fever pitch in the United States. Net metering, also known as net energy metering or NEM, is a critical component of the economic equation of alternative energy. For those residential and commercial consumers who understand the value of photovoltaic...

Solar Tax Credit Extension Means Lots of New Jobs

Solar Industry Job Growth
The recent extension of the federal solar tax credit is going a long way toward establishing the United States as a global leader in alternative energy. Perhaps even more important, however, is the positive effect the extension will have on the U.S. economy. The projected growth in the solar industry...

Breaking News! Solar Tax Credit Extended for Residential Systems!

Residential Solar Tax Credit
With the federal solar tax credit set to expire at the end of 2016, the future of residential solar power was less than clear. Fortunately, the outlook is much clearer today, as Congress recently approved an extension of this key financial incentive. Five-Year Extension for Solar Tax Incentives The...