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What is the green impact of going solar?

Reap the “green” benefits of solar power two ways -- the world and your wallet. The sun isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and is a natural resource, whereas fossil fuels are finite and cause harm to the environment when burned to create energy. Solar power… Continue reading 

How do tax credits work?

You may be eligible for a federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) with the purchase of a solar system. To receive the full federal tax credit, you must have federal income tax liability at least equal to the value of the tax credit. Additional tax credits may… Continue reading 

What components make up a solar system?

There are three main components to a solar system: panels, inverters and meters. Solar panels contain solar cells. Solar cells, sometimes called photovoltaic cells, convert the energy of the sun into electricity. Most solar cells are made of some form of… Continue reading 

How will solar panels look on my roof?

Solar panels are installed for maximum solar power production, not looks. But it’s understandable that most homeowners, and their neighbors, don’t want an eyesore. Today’s solar panels are not nearly as bulky as yesterday’s, and thin-film technology continues… Continue reading 

Do solar panels last longer than roofs?

The average life expectancy of a roof varies greatly depending on what your roof is made of and the climate you live in, so it could be anywhere from 12-30 years. Residential solar panels typically come with a warranty of 20-25 years, but panels can last… Continue reading 

Can my HOA stop me from installing solar panels?

Despite several attempts to pass a bill through the House of Representatives and the Senate, a federal solar access law does not yet exist. However, some 25 states have enacted legislation to protect the rights of residents wanting to operate a solar energy… Continue reading 

Do solar panels attract critters?

Research around solar panels and critters is mixed – it’s unclear the degree to which home solar panels may lead to critter problems… Continue reading 

Can I keep the trees around my home and still go solar?

The number and position of trees on your property can indeed impact how much solar energy you produce but is by no means a deal breaker. The issue at hand is shading. Keep in mind: Your solar company will conduct a solar assessment to determine shading… Continue reading 

What are some common solar terms I should know?

Alternating Current (AC): An electric current that reverses direction within the circuit 60 times per second and is easier to transfer over long distances. This is the primary current used with residences and offices in the United States. Array: Also known… Continue reading 

What are SRECs and how much are they worth?

An SREC is a renewable energy certificate that represents one MWh (1,000 kWh) of solar energy generation. In states that require a certain proportion of electricity come from renewable sources, utilities can purchase SRECs to meet the requirement rather than… Continue reading 

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