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A San Diego Solar Company is Giving Back to Military Families by Offering Free Home Solar

A San Diego Solar Company is Giving Back to Military Families by Offering Free Home Solar

Attention, San Diegans with current or past military service: Palomar Solar, a San Diego solar company in operation since 2009, is offering an amazing Sweepstakes drawing for a free home solar system, designed to offset up to 95% of your family’s energy needs! The details The sweepstakes is available to residents of San Diego county. The system will be roof-mounted with a size of up to 7-kW. The final design depends on the size of your roof, your energy needs, and your main electric panel’s ability to handle the voltage….

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Here’s why you should get multiple solar quotes (and check the math)

Here’s why you should get multiple solar quotes (and check the math)

We recently got a question from a solar-curious person in South Carolina. We’ll call her ‘Katherine’ (names have been changed to protect the innocent… and the guilty). She had gotten two very different quotes from two solar companies, and each promised their system could eliminate 80% of her bill. The differences between the quotes she received and the promises made to her are why you should always get multiple quotes for solar from companies in your area. Sometimes big national companies offer slick service and sales tactics, but higher prices,…

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You might be paying for your utility company to fight against solar

You might be paying for your utility company to fight against solar

You may have heard the phrase “utilities are waging war against rooftop solar,” and it’s true. In statehouses and the halls of the U.S. Congress, utility company lobbyists from groups like the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) have been putting pressure on lawmakers to re-write the rules that govern how much solar owners get paid for the extra electricity their panels make. Currently, most states have some form of net metering rules, which ensure solar owners are credited for the full retail cost of every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced by their…

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How solar can help you survive a power outage

How solar can help you survive a power outage

What will you do when the power goes out? Even if you have solar panels on your roof, your answer will probably be “light a candle and wait it out.” Unless you know how to make it work. It’s true: most solar panel systems aren’t designed to work during a power outage. Below, we’ll detail some options for people who want to use those solar kilowatt-hours even when grid goes down. But first, here’s a little background: They say “the grid is your battery” Most people with solar on their…

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Elon Musk reminds us how little land it would take to power the USA with solar

Elon Musk reminds us how little land it would take to power the USA with solar

July 19, 2017 Over the weekend the National Governors Association held its 2017 Summer meeting, and its new Chair, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, kicked off his “Ahead of the Curve” initiative with his buddy, good ol’ Elon Musk. During the talk, Mr. Musk held forth about what makes him tick, why AI is an existential threat to human civilization, and oh yeah, just how small of an area we’d need to power the whole country with solar panels. “If you wanted to power the entire United States with solar panels,…

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Your Solar Questions Answered, Vol. 2

Your Solar Questions Answered, Vol. 2

Welcome, dear readers to another edition of Your Solar Questions Answered. Let’s jump right in with this question from Jim in Illinois: Q: What happens if net metering goes away in my state? A: Probably not much (if you already installed solar) For those of you not in the know, net metering is the policy that every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of solar energy generated by solar panels should earn the solar owner 1 kWh of credit on their electricity bill. Some solar kWh are used in the home, and some are…

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What makes a home right for solar?

What makes a home right for solar?

If you’ve found our site, chances are good you’re thinking about getting solar panels for your home. During that process, one of the first and most important questions to ask yourself is “is my home right for solar?” And fortunately, the answer is pretty simple. Here are the ingredients of a great solar home, in order of importance: A lack of shade The right location Roof orientation Roofing material and shape Let’s jump right into how all these variables work together to make a home perfect for solar panels: Shade…

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How Nevada got its (solar) groove back

How Nevada got its (solar) groove back

In late December, 2015, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) shocked the solar industry and solar owners by announcing the end of net metering for rooftop solar. At the time, we called it INSANITY. The decision meant people didn’t get full credit for the energy their panels sent to the grid. On top of that, extra fees were added to the electric bills of solar owners. The ruling destroyed the economic benefit of rooftop solar, affecting every owner of a rooftop system whether they installed it ten years or…

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Your Solar Questions Answered, Vol. 1

Your Solar Questions Answered, Vol. 1

Every now and again, we get questions from readers of our weekly solar newsletter. In this new feature, we’ll take the most interesting questions and copy the answers we gave, for the benefit of all our readers. Please enjoy! Lynn B. from Pennsylvania: We’re really interested in solar power… we’ve heard that there are “incentives” and are wondering how to find them and IF they really exist. How many loops and backdoors do we have to jump through to get incentives?” Thanks for your question, Lynn. There are incentives out…

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How good are solar panels if they don’t face south?

How good are solar panels if they don’t face south?

In the northern hemisphere, the sun crosses the sky a little to the south, which means putting solar panels on a south-facing roof is the best way for homeowners to capture the most solar energy. But what if you don’t have a suitable south-facing roof? Well, when it comes to solar panels, west is second-best. Go west, young one West-facing roofs get less sun than those that face south, but it’s not as little as you may think. According to the Concord Consortium, makers of Energy3D solar energy modeling software,…

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