Category Archives for "Opinion"

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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Vivint Home Security Reviews: What are People Saying?

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A summary of the diverse reviews regarding Vivint Home Security

Home security is an area that few people compromise on to protect their families. You want to choose a reliable product to keep your home secure that will alert you and the authorities when danger is present. For that reason, if you're looking at this company, Vivint Home Security reviews are an essential starting point when shopping for a reliable and recommended home security system.

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Sunnova Reviews: What Are People Saying About this Solar Company?

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Interested in purchasing solar power through Sunnova but aren't sure about the reviews?

It can be a long and potentially overwhelming process to do all of the research necessary to go solar. These days, there are a wealth of installer options available if you want to go for a leased solar option. Today, we will sift through the sea of Sunnova reviews from a variety of different sources to see how they compare to the other players in the industry.

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Top Three Environmental Issues That Solar Energy Could Help

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Can transitioning to solar energy make a difference to existing environmental issues?

It’s no secret that our home planet suffers from a plethora of environmental issues that keep worsening. Which problems will be the most harmful in the long run and how can solar energy improve these issues?

While people like Elon Musk have the colonization of Mars in mind with a thorough “Making Humanity a Multi-Planetary Species” proposal, others, such as Stephen Hawking, feel that humans should leave Earth. But is abandoning our beautiful planet or expanding our species into space the only two options to ensure the survival of the human race?Continue reading

What Are the Real Global Warming Facts?

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What’s really going on with global warming?

Although some believe that global warming is still an opinion that is up for debate, in actuality we’ve accumulated real proof for the phenomenon – based completely on research and evidence. Climate scientists have proven over and over that climate change is real, that human activity has negatively impacted our planet, and that things might get worse if we do not make some adjustments in how we do things.

Let’s go over scientifically proven global warming facts, including what it is, how we got here, and some ideas on what we can do about it.

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What is the Most Efficient Electric Heater?

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Using the most efficient electric heater will help cut down on heating costs.

When it comes to heating our homes, more and more people are choosing an efficient electric heater over natural gas. If you’re wondering what kind to install and have a solar array, the question becomes a bit easier to answer: if you go electric, you can use the energy you generate to actually run your heater!

If you’re in the market for an upgrade, how do you know what to look for in a new heater? What are the different types, and which one is the most efficient electric heater? Let’s take a look to answer all these questions!

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How Much Does the sonnenBatterie Cost?

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How much does the sonnenBatterie cost compared to Tesla’s Powerwall?

With the German battery storage manufacturer sonnenBatterie entering the US market and announcing a new, low-cost option for the US, interest in their products seems to be gaining traction on this side of the Atlantic. Let’s take a look at who sonnenBatterie is, how much sonnenBatterie costs, and how they compare to their competitors.

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Problems with Solar Energy – Why Solar Hasn’t Taken Over the World (Yet)

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Why are we experiencing problems with solar energy?

If solar is so absolutely great, and we’re hurtling towards a climate catastrophe, why does it only power about 2% of the world? If it’s the panacea to our problems, why aren’t solar panels adorning rooftops the world over? What are the causes behind the problems with solar energy that we face?

To answer such questions, we at UnderstandSolar have dug into the facts and present the fruits of our labor below – an unfortunate tale of G20 hypocrisy, the Concorde fallacy (find out what this is later), and the sobering fact that we still need fossil fuels to power our planet (at least for now).

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The Lighter Side of Life with a Solar Panel Cartoon

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If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, What About a Solar Panel Cartoon?

Cartoons can be a great way to find the humor in something: news highlights, politics, or to educate (and usually, some combination of the three). A lot can be said with few words – about solar politics, finances, and safety. Take a look at a solar panel cartoon or three that we found below!

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