Overview of Costco Solar: Reviews and Offerings

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Costco offers two very different options for homeowners wanting to install solar.

Today, let’s take a deep dive into both of Costco’s solar offerings, including Costco solar reviews, to see which one – if either – makes the most sense for you.

If you’re already a Costco member, you might’ve seen solar installer Sunrun’s booth as you walked out with all your groceries, but did you know that this giant wholesaler actually offers two solar offerings? With one a kit and the other a ‘full service’ installation (ie Sunrun), they couldn’t be more different from each other and, indeed, they’re directed towards different consumers.

The solar kit is just that, a kit with a more DIY approach. Sunrun, though, is a solar installer/financier that takes you from start to finish with your installation. Let’s look into these offerings to see which one is right for you.Continue reading

The World’s Biggest Solar Panel Manufacturers of 2017

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Looking at this year’s 10 biggest manufacturers of solar panels

Over the last ten years, the solar industry has grown at an almost unbelievable pace. From 2005 to 2016, total solar panel production increased from a paltry 1.4 gigawatts to 70 GW – an increase of 4,900%! (See NREL report below for stats.) Today, let’s take a look at the companies that make this happen – the world’s ten biggest solar panel manufacturers.

In 2016, these companies produced about half of that 70 GW total, with each shipping between 2.2 and 5 GW of solar panels. That’s enough solar for each company to power between 385,000 and 1 million average-sized rooftop installations!

For the most part, all the manufacturers produce ‘standard’ solar panels for both residential and commercial installations (panels for commercial systems are larger), though some also offer special products like frameless panels, panels with premium components, batteries, and mounting systems as well.

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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

Maine Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Maine

Maine is the most northeastern state in the continental U.S, and ​is a bit of an outlier when it comes to solar. ​However, for those living in ​there, Maine solar ​is still a great deal ​worthy of consideration. 

Despite an aggressive renewable portfolio standard on paper, there is almost nothing in the way of incentives for residents outside of the federal tax credit.

Read on to discover how much profit you stand to make with Maine solar, and ​whether or not it makes sense for you ​in your current situation!

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Solar Lanterns: Everything You Need To Know

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Whether you’re in your yard or exploring the outdoors at night, light your way using the sun!

We know that we can harness energy from the sun to power our homes. But what about using solar power in other environments? As solar energy becomes a more widely used resource, its uses have expanded. I’ve seen solar-powered water heaters and even solar powered street lights! Today we are going to look at the ease and convenience of solar powered lights, specifically solar lanterns.

Solar lanterns are an economical, convenient way to brighten an area, whether you are camping in the wilderness or just going out in the backyard. We’ll go over some pros and cons, and recommend a few quality solar lanterns for your outdoor needs.

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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

Montana Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Montana

Residents of Big Sky Country often find themselves looking up at the beautiful night sky, but it turns out that the daytime sky is quite impressive for a different reason! Montana Solar may not be catching a lot of traction yet, but its flexibility in rural areas, coupled with a substantial return on investment, ​indicates that this form of energy could be an excellent choice for interested residents.

We'll take a look at just how much profit you could make in Montana and discuss all of the ins and outs of purchasing, local policies, and potential incentives. Let's see what we have to work with here!

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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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