Scientists love it. The media love it. Salesmen love it. With all the love going around, one might end up thinking… oh, I dunno, that solar panel efficiency is the be all and end all of everything.
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
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.
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.
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.
Why should I go solar? Everyone’s got an opinion. And in the age of information, everyone’s got an opinion online. Which is handy for wasting years of your life. But not so for finding anything resembling the truth.
That’s where we come in.
See, we know a thing or two about solar. And it’s our mission to wade through the flotsam of speculation to find the solar facts, so you don’t have to.
So, sit back, relax and pop a cold one while we answer the topic of the day:
Should I go solar?Continue reading
If we want to move away from fossil fuels and to more earth-friendly and renewable sources of energy, we must be sure that any alternatives will provide us with enough energy to meet our needs. But how much energy does the sun produce? And is it enough?
Solar installations can be very small such as 2 kW (kilowatt) installations composed of just 8 panels, or they can be large 25 kW systems with over 100 panels! This large playing field for installation size might make a 6kW solar system look fairly small, but in all actuality it’s very close to the size of a vast majority of residential solar installations.
So what do 6kW mean and, just as importantly, how much does it cost? Read on to find out!Continue reading
Considering installing solar panels and weighing up rooftop versus backyard solar panels?
In this article, we’re going to guide you by the hand through what you need to know, and all the areas where your installer might sneak in a few extra cents.
First, we’ll explain why backyard solar panels are more expensive than rooftop panels, and then we’ll look at additional costs to watch out for when making the solar switch.Continue reading
Take a look at our list of 7 factors to consider when deciding if solar is right for you. Write down your answers or make a pros and cons list to make it even easier to decide!Continue reading