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Should You Mount Your PV Modules on Solar Trackers?

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Professional solar contractors typically mount PV modules on fixed-tilt racks. But since the modules face the sun for just a portion of the day, a fixed solar array can result in energy production that is less than optimal. Will your photovoltaic system create more electricity if your solar panels...

6 Reasons to Hire a Professional Solar Installer

6 Reasons to Hire a Professional Solar Installer
Do you need to hire a professional solar installer? Or can you just do the job yourself? Going the DIY route may seem like a good idea — after all, if you don’t have to pay a photovoltaic contractor, your rooftop solar project will be less expensive. And if you have the right skills, you may...

Getting Started with Commercial Solar 

Getting Started with Commercial Solar 
Commercial solar power is a valuable investment for any Intermountain West business. Going solar cuts electricity costs and improves property value — and going green is a powerful marketing and public relations tool. So what’s involved in making the switch to photovoltaic energy? The professionals...

How Does the Solar Tax Credit Work in Idaho?

How the Solar Tax Credit Works in Idaho
The Idaho solar tax credit can make a big dent in the amount you have to pay Uncle Sam at tax time. If you’re an Idaho resident who’s been thinking about adopting solar power, this incentive makes it much easier and more affordable. Not every state offers a solar investment tax credit (ITC). Many...

How Orientation, Tilt and Shading Affect Solar Power Output

Orientation, Tilt and Shading Affect Solar Power Output
To design a home PV system with optimal solar power output, professional contractors need to consider a number of factors. Orientation, tilt and shading are of special importance, as they all have a major impact on the amount of sunlight that reaches the photovoltaic panels. Orientation and...

Can You Add Solar Panels to Your Home PV System?

Add Solar Panels to Your Home PV System
What if you install solar panels to offset your energy use and bring down your monthly electricity bills, but a few years down the line, your energy needs increase? Is it possible to add more solar panels? Generally speaking, as long as you have additional rooftop or ground space, you should be able...

Do Solar Panels Store Energy?

Do Solar Panels Store Energy
Have you ever wondered how solar panels store energy for later use? The short answer is that solar modules don’t store energy at all. But that doesn’t mean homes with solar PV systems are left in the dark when the sun goes down. How Solar Panels Work Solar panels have one job — to...