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Which company has the best solar panel warranty, and what does it cover?

Which company has the best solar panel warranty, and what does it cover?

If you've spent any time looking at our financial projections for solar in your state, you may have noticed that we look at the energy bill savings you can expect for 25 years after installation. That 25-year timeline wasn't just plucked out of thin air: it's the length of time over which most manufacturers guarantee their solar panels will produce electricity. But that 25-year production warranty is just the beginning. Unlike most big appliance purchases, a solar installation will have up to 3 or 4 various warranties and guarantees each...
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5 Reasons to be thankful for solar power

5 Reasons to be thankful for solar power

It's Thanksgiving, 2017, and despite the turmoil in our country and our world, we have a lot to be thankful for. We at Solar Power Rocks sincerely hope you have the comfort of family, home, and loved ones this holiday season, and maybe also that you have solar panels on your roof. If you don't quite have that last part covered, yet, perhaps it's time to compare quotes for a solar installation for your home. Anyway, here's why we're thankful for solar this year: 1. Solar can help us overcome...
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Tesla and other solar companies are designing the grid of the future

Tesla and other solar companies are designing the grid of the future

The energy grid of the future will consist of 100% renewable sources, mostly located at or near where the power is consumed, linked to batteries and other kinds of storage to save generated energy until it is needed. The system will be connected at the local and regional levels so that power can get to where it needs to be at any time. Those local and regional connections are called microgrids, and they're not some figment of a futurist's imagination; they're working right now all over the world, in the...
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The cost of installing solar could go up 15% this year. Here’s why.

The cost of installing solar could go up 15% this year. Here’s why.

May 20, 2017, updated October 31st, 2017 Suniva, a United States manufacturer of solar panels, filed for bankruptcy last month. A week later, it petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for an emergency increase in tariffs on solar cells imported from other countries. Big deal, right? It is. It could mean that solar panels will soon cost double what they do today, bringing solar installation costs up by 15%. What happens next? The ITC has 120 days to review the petition, and a couple months more to report its...
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13 ways your solar installation can get more expensive

13 ways your solar installation can get more expensive

Photo by cafecredit.com under CC2.0 From the homeowner's perspective, installing solar is usually as easy as getting solar quotes, signing a contract, scheduling installation and flipping on the system. That's because installers usually take care of everything else, from design to permitting and interconnection, all the way through to a years-long warranty agreement. Solar installers charge a price based on the peak capacity of your system, measured in watts. A typical solar system for your home will run you about $3.50 per watt of capacity, or about $17,500 for a...
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Solar Power’s Gutenberg Moment

Solar Power’s Gutenberg Moment

Take a look at that chart up there. Crazy, right? Do we really think solar power will be 100% of the world's energy supply by 2030? Well... there are some compelling reasons to believe it, and they come from a man named Tony Seba. But we'll get back to him later. Right now, let's talk about Gutenberg. What up, Johannes? Back in the mid-15th century, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, started printing bibles, and the world went crazy. That's the story, right? One visionary invention changes everything. But that...
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Will solar panels survive a nuclear EMP (and dear God, why do we have to think about this?)

Will solar panels survive a nuclear EMP (and dear God, why do we have to think about this?)

With what seems like daily news headlines about the unstable leaders of rogue nations threatening nuclear attacks, people are understandably worried that civilization might end soon. Some other people have opined that civilization hasn't felt very civilized lately, and maybe it might be time for it to either improve drastically or get the ending over with, already. Whatever your take on our impending doom, fear of the indirect effects of a nuclear attack has led more than one of our readers to ask whether and how solar panels might survive....
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Infographic: Solar vs. Coal, a Tale of Two Trains

Infographic: Solar vs. Coal, a Tale of Two Trains

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The cost of solar panels will likely double next year

The cost of solar panels will likely double next year

The cost of solar panels will likely double next year. This is not a drill, people; this is real life. Last week, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that suppliers of inexpensive solar panels from other countries had caused "serious injury or threat of serious injury" to manufacturers of those products here in the U.S. The next step of the process is for the ITC to make recommendations to the President for a "remedy," and for the president to decide whether to implement that remedy. They'll make those...
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3rd-party solar loans: know what you’re getting

3rd-party solar loans: know what you’re getting

Photo: Senthil Balasubramanian Say you've found a great solar installer, and you've gotten a quote that looks good. You'll be saving oodles of money on your electric bill over the next three decades, but there's one catch: you don't have $15,000 to plunk down. "No problem!" says the salesperson; "We work with a solar loan provider who can finance the installation with no money down, and offer you monthly payments that are smaller than your solar savings over a 12- or 20-year term!" Wow, that sounds great! Free solar, and...
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