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Vivint Thermostat Reviews: Element Users Sound Off

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With all the smart thermostats out there, Vivint customers say look elsewhere

Vivint is a big company that offers home security, automation, and even roof-top solar. If you’re interested in moving forward with them, you want to be sure that their services and products are up to snuff.  Let’s take a look at their latest thermostat – the Element – to see what makes it tick, find out what customers say by looking at Vivint thermostat reviews, and decide whether moving forward with Vivint really makes sense.Continue reading

What are the Best Solar Panels for Home Use?

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Going solar can be expensive, so be sure to get the right panels for your home electricity needs

With so many manufacturers to choose from, it can be daunting to find the solar panels that perfectly fit your needs. How do you know which are the best solar panels for home use? They’re the ones that best balance efficiency, reputation, and cost. Let’s run through all the factors to consider when choosing the right panels for your home.Continue reading

SolarCity Maryland Reviews Show No Surprises

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Is this well-known company a good choice for going solar in The Old Line State?

SolarCity is the biggest residential solar installer in the US. Most of us are familiar with them, and many of us have probably talked to a salesperson while shopping at Home Depot. But are customers happy with them? What are people saying in reviews of SolarCity's Maryland branches?

If you’re looking for information on whether you should work with SolarCity Maryland, we’ve got you covered! Below we outline their review scores, how they compare to other installers, and what actual customers have to say – both the good and the bad.

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SolarCity Las Vegas – What’s the Latest News?

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An update on solar returning to Las Vegas

When Nevada’s governor signed AB405 into law in June 2017 reinstating net metering, SolarCity and other large installers declared plans to reenter the once-booming solar state. SolarCity Las Vegas will soon be back on the map!

If you live in Nevada or keep track of the solar industry, you’re probably already aware of all the hullaballoo that’s been lurking around residential solar – and specifically net metering – in the state over the last few years.

Let’s take a look at what SolarCity is currently doing in Las Vegas,  and what is going on in the state at large.Continue reading

Horizon Solar Power Reviews Depend on Who You Ask

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Want to know what customers think of this southern California solar provider?

If you live in southern California, you’re in the perfect place for solar. High electricity bills, sunny skies, and dozens of installers to choose from. If you've got a few companies on your shortlist, you need to know what actual customers are saying about them. Today, we're taking a look at Horizon Solar Power Reviews.

This home-grown SoCal company, founded in 2008, installs both residential and commercial installations and offers cash, loan, and lease financing. Let's analyze what actual customers say about the company and find out why homeowners end up choosing - and not choosing - to move forward with this company.

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5 Best Solar Companies in San Diego

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We highlight 5 great solar companies in the San Diego area to help narrow down your options

With San Diego being such a hotbed for solar, it’s sometimes hard to sift through all the installers out there that want your business. They all claim they’re the best installer, sell the best products, or have the best customer service, but it takes time to really figure out who’s telling the complete truth.

To help you out, we’ve done the heavy lifting and chosen the top five solar installers in the San Diego area. We’ve researched and analyzed all available information to pull these top-tier installers out from the crowd. Beyond competitive prices, each of the companies below has:

  • A decent chunk of experience (years of operation and/or total installations)
  • Exceptional customer reviews
  • Unique products or services that set them apart (battery storage, for example)
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Solar Universe Reviews: Great Company, Solid Installations

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What are real customers saying about REPOWER America, formerly known as Solar Universe?

Solar Universe/REPOWER is a unique company that enjoys great reviews, though that does depend to a certain extent on location. Today, let’s dive in and see exactly how this company works and what makes them so special. We'll also see what real customers have to say by analyzing a few Solar Universe reviews, eventually helping you decide whether to work with this unique company.

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The Solar Lease Is Dying Off As Ownership Increases

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Leasing options are disappearing, and that’s a good thing

Don’t get us wrong – we aren’t ungrateful. Solar lease were a huge factor in today’s solar world. We can thank the solar lease, in large part, for the huge surge in residential solar’s popularity over the last 10 years. It solved the industry’s #1 issue – high cost. Leases allow homeowners to avoid any upfront payment and instead make small monthly payments to the installer/owner.

While we wouldn’t be where we are today without the solar lease, times have changed. Installation costs have dropped to the point where, for many, buying an installation outright is feasible.

And as solar has become more commonplace, banks and credit unions across the US are beginning to offer loans for solar installations, allowing homeowners to see the same perks as leases (no upfront costs) but retain ownership, enjoy all the tax breaks, and see higher savings.

In fact, since 2015 or so, solar leases have been in decline, with investing site The Motley Fool even proclaiming “the death of the solar lease.”

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Dallas Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Dallas, Texas

Texas’ electricity infrastructure is quite an anomaly when compared to most states. Instead of one electricity company both generating the electricity and maintaining the equipment to get it to you (poles, wires, transformers, etc), Texas is a deregulated market.

As such, Texas residents can purchase electricity from any electricity generation company they choose, though one company (Oncor in Dallas) is responsible for maintaining the local electricity grid.

Deregulation was meant to lower electricity prices for customers by introducing competition into an industry that has historically been dominated by quasi-monopolies regulated by the state.

In Dallas, you can choose from dozens of electricity providers. Some provide the cheapest electricity possible, while others are more expensive but offer incentives or bonus programs. Some even sell 100% clean energy (Green Mountain Energy, for example).

All this is great, but what if you want to produce your own electricity by installing solar? In this unique market, what kind of return could you see and how much would it cost? Does Dallas or its utilities offer any special incentives for going solar?

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Monocrystalline Solar Panels vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

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Should you ask your solar installer for one over the other?

If you’ve ever seen a solar panel (and hopefully you have!), chances are it was a crystalline silicon solar panel – the dominant type of solar cell out there. If you’ve done a bit more research on panels, you might be aware that there are actually two types of crystalline silicon panels: polycrystalline and monocrystalline.

You might’ve heard that one produces more energy or is more efficient or another is more cost-effective. What’s the real difference between monocrystalline solar panels vs polycrystalline solar panels? And does it even matter?

The difference between the two lies in the manufacture and makeup of their underlying material: silicon. Let’s take a look to see what all this means and ultimately help you decide which type to install.Continue reading

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