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Solar Panel Efficiency — Understanding STC and PTC Ratings

solar panel efficiency
Are you comparing solar panel options? Efficiency — the panels’ ability to convert sunlight into energy — is a feature you should consider. Before putting photovoltaic panels on the consumer marketplace, manufacturers test them and assign power ratings that indicate panel energy...

The Hidden Costs of Leasing Solar Panels

leasing solar panels
Leasing solar panels can sound like a great way to make the switch to home photovoltaic power, especially if you’re on a tight budget. With no money down and promises of big savings on electricity, a solar lease can sound like the perfect scenario for many cash-strapped homeowners. And...

3 Silly Reasons Americans Put Off Switching to Solar Power

Switching to Solar Power
Solar power has reached a tipping point in the United States, as Americans from coast to coast are making this financially sound move to photovoltaic power. So why isn’t everyone going solar? Given the many advantages of installing a photovoltaic system, why are some Americans waiting...

Boost Your Solar Home Efficiency in 6 Easy Steps

Solar Home Efficiency
Increasing the efficiency of your solar home can reduce or even eliminate your monthly electric bills. Fortunately, saving energy doesn’t have to take lots of planning or a large financial investment. In fact, we have assembled six simple — and free — steps you can take right now to reduce...

Which Type of Photovoltaic Panels Should You Choose?

type photovoltaic panels
Crystalline photovoltaic panels are used in most residential and commercial solar installations. There are two main types — monocrystalline and polycrystalline. What’s the difference? And which is the better choice for your solar array? Pros and Cons of Monocrystalline Photovoltaic Panels Monocrystalline...

4 Factors that Drive Rooftop Solar Costs

Rooftop Solar Costs
How much will a rooftop solar energy system cost to install at your home or business? We have no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The price of making the switch to photovoltaic power can vary significantly, as every system installation is different. Professional PV contractors provide...

Boost Your Solar Energy Output by Removing Obstacles

solar energy output
To maximize your solar energy output, clear the path between your panel array and the sun. The more free power your photovoltaic system creates, the more you save on monthly utility bills. And when you have optimal solar output, you will reach the payback point on your PV system faster. Removing...