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How Can I Find Solar Providers Near Me?

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Wanting to go solar, but not sure how to find the best installers in your area?

Off the top of my head, I can easily think of a couple of solar providers near me. If you’ve been jumped by Sunrun while shopping at Costco or talked at by SolarCity as you’ve browsed through Home Depot, you might think that they’re all that’s out there.

However, you couldn’t be further from the truth! While these 2 companies may be the biggest residential solar providers, there are thousands of solar companies across the US. Most of these are small, local companies, but other national or regional installers are out there too.Continue reading

What Can You Do with a 100 Watt Solar Panel?

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Practical uses for a 100-watt solar panel

Let’s be blunt: a 100-watt solar panel is actually pretty small. You’re not going to power your whole home with a 100 watt panel. For reference, solar panels for rooftop installations typically fall around 260 to 300 watts – that’s 3 times as big as a little 100 watt panel. Solar panels for utility-scale installations or large businesses are even bigger!

So just how big is a 100-watt panel, and what can you do with it? Let’s take a look.Continue reading

What are Good Photovoltaic Panel Prices?

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Everything you need to know about photovoltaic panel prices

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about solar installation costs and how they’re constantly falling, but maybe you’re left wondering how you can tell if you’re getting a good deal. For your panels specifically, how do you know if you’re getting a great bargain? Today, we’re going to find out how much the average panel costs, to help you better understand the entire costs involved in going solar!Continue reading

Wiring Solar Panels in Series vs Parallel: Which Is Better?

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Understand the difference between wiring your solar panels in series vs parallel.

You want your solar panels to deliver the maximum amount of energy possible, right? But did you know how your solar panels are connected within the electrical wiring of your house makes a difference in how well they work? Connecting your solar panel in series vs parallel affects current flow and is dictated by your installation’s setup.

Warning: Science below! While we’re not going to get too deep into the details, the difference between connecting solar panels in series vs in parallel is an intermediate level solar discussion. If you’re looking for something a bit more on the beginner level, check out our articles How Do Solar Panels Work? and Everything You Need to Know About Solar Inverter Types.

OK, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, we’re ready!

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Yes, Solar Panels for Mobile Homes Are Possible

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A comprehensive answer to ‘Are Solar Panels for Mobile Homes Possible?’

Interested in installing solar on the roof of your manufactured home? Let’s be honest: in most instances, it’s not possible to install solar panels for mobile homes. It’s mostly due to the roof structure of mobile homes – they simply aren’t designed to hold the weight of an entire solar installation.

However, that doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck. Some mobile homes can safely have solar installed; it all depends on your local building codes as well as the structure of your home. And if it ends up that you really can’t have solar on your roof, maybe you’ve got another area of your property where you can install solar panels.Continue reading

Can I Install Solar Panels on a Metal Roof?

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If you want to go solar but have a metal roof, you might wonder whether a solar installation is even possible for you.

Metal roofs have a lot of benefits and while they make up just a small portion of residential roofs now, they are growing in popularity. If you’re interested in solar, this naturally raises the issue of whether solar panels on metal roof is even possible.

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How Much Does a Solar Water Heater Cost?

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Compared to photovoltaics that could power a whole house, is installing a solar water heater still cost effective?

What does a solar water heater cost compared to solar panels? Why would you install a solar heater when solar panels can be seen as more useful? Let’s review water heaters as a whole from their inception, and then compare the cost to a photovoltaic installation.

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Solar Backup Generator

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If you hate being left in the dark, why not consider a Solar Backup Generator?

Even if you have rooftop solar panels, you’ll still draw power from your utility after the sun goes down or on cloudy days. That’s fine under normal conditions, but when there is a power outage, you’ll be left without electricity. The only way to prevent a loss of power is by installing a backup generator.

A solar backup generator is simply a battery or set of batteries that your solar panels charge up when it’s sunny. If the grid goes down or even when it’s dark outside, you can draw power from that bank of batteries.

If you want to learn more about solar backup generators and how to avoid being stuck in the dark, read on.

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