Category Archives for "Opinion"

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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Are Solar Panels Worth It?

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Thinking about going solar but unsure if solar panels are worth it?

If the the concept of solar panels appeals to you: reducing utility bills, improving home value, and helping the environment – you may still struggle with making the final decision to invest. You want to be sure that any money you put into solar energy will be worth it.

We’ve tried to answer some of the questions you probably have below.
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Solar Energy: Bridging the Party Gap

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As we’re getting closer to Election Day, it’s a good time to reflect. We see democrats and republicans (or at least two specific democrats and republicans…) seemingly at each other’s throats – name calling, bad mouthing, and generally being poor sports. At a time like this, when the political situation is somewhat dire and it looks like these two sides will never be able to agree on anything, there’s one topic that republicans and democrats, at least in the general public, agree widely on – solar energy!

Numerous polls have found that regardless of political leanings, all Americans simply love solar energy and want to see it expanded in the future. Polls in 2012, 2014 and now a recent Pew Research Poll in 2016 continue to have the same results – that people just love solar.Continue reading

3 Reasons the Solar Powered Car is The Next Big Thing

The solar powered car could be the future. Adopting a solar electric lifestyle makes sense on many levels – including boosting your cash flow and becoming independent from volatile gas prices.

You may have heard that solar energy and electric cars are a match made in heaven. With his announcement of the SolarCity and Tesla Motors merger, Elon Musk has made it clear that the solar powered car is to solar power what peanut butter is to jam.

In fact, if you’ve already covered your roof with solar panels, you may have started thinking about buying an electric car (also known a plug-in electric vehicle). And here’s why your intuitions serve you right.

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Solar Panels For Sale: A Third-World Perspective

If you live in a developed country, installing solar panels on your rooftop involves selecting a solar power company from a growing list of providers and setting up an appointment.

But this is far from the case for third-world countries.

Even if you’re only researching the theoretical principles of solar energy, it’s hard not to come across an ad shouting Solar Panels for Sale! when scouring the Internet, along with statistics and facts on how much solar energy can save you in the long run.

For instance, pulling up directories that list solar companies in each U.S. state is as easy as saying 1-2-3. Americans are offered tax reduction incentives, on top of getting closer to their goal of saving money and slashing their electricity bills.

To boot, even the environmentally conscious individual can feel good about purchasing and installing solar panels, knowing he is contributing, even minimally, to the reduction of carbon dioxide emission into the atmosphere.

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Net Metering: A Comprehensive Guide

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Net metering is the policy that enables a homeowner to be credited by their utility when they generate more electricity from a solar array than they use.

You would think that those who go solar would be celebrated as heroes – because if everyone who could go solar did go solar, we’d all have a lot better shot at a livable climate. But instead, a nasty campaign of rumor-mongering is trying to take these true heroes down.

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Top Residential Solar Installers (with Most Megawatts Installed)

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What are the top residential solar installers in the US?

As someone who has always embraced change, I have been fascinated with the idea of anything new. I am usually the first in my circle to buy new technologies and while some things didn’t work out so well (remember the fizzle of the Laserdisc?), for the most part I’ve been ahead of the pack.

That is except for solar power.
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