Overall, Delaware stands as a solid backdrop for residents interested in going solar. A relatively aggressive solar carve out means that utilities fight to add solar-producing homes to their network, and depending on where you live, there are some great opportunities to save.
Although The First State might not have the biggest and best incentives, it's a great place to start your journey with solar!
Missouri solar has been hampered by a few lapses in solar-friendly policies and government support, but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of people living there saying, "Show Me the Sun!" In fact, Missouri ranks about middle of the pack regarding solar adoption, and there are still plenty of reasons to consider purchasing a new solar system in this state.
Despite the fact that many people think of snow and cold weather in Missouri, the truth is that they get over two hundred sunny days per year and have warm, pleasant weather on average.
The financial landscape in Missouri might not be the most compelling reason to make the leap to solar, but don't worry because you'll still come out ahead in the end. Depending on where you live, however, you might come out way ahead!
While you may think of snow when you think of Colorado, it actually has great potential for solar! The state is ranked ninth best in the United States in regards to total installed solar, putting Colorado Solar right up among the best!
Even though the ‘300 days of sun’ is more myth than reality, major parts of the state usually see around 245 days of great sun. The market and policies are also set up relatively well to provide easy access and incentivize solar on your rooftop (or if you are a renter or don’t have a house well-suited to solar, community renewable energy is prominent here too).
Are you a Colorado resident thinking about rooftop solar? If so, read on!
Do you want to power your home using renewable energy, but can’t install rooftop solar? Perhaps you have a shaded roof, live in a condo, or are not a property owner, but want your electricity fossil-fuel free. In many locations, there is a great solution – community solar, or “rooftop solar, without the rooftops.”
Community solar – also called a community solar project, solar garden, or shared renewable energy plant – describes solar energy used by multiple households sourced by a shared solar plant. Community solar projects exist in half of US states, so it may be in your area. If not, just keep an eye out – according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the community solar market should continue to boom; more community solar was installed in one-quarter of 2016 than the entire year of 2015.
Before we elaborate on a solar carport, let’s look at a normal carport in a residential setting. A carport is often used as a cheaper alternative to a full garage, providing shelter from the elements, but not really doing much to increase security. Keeping your car under cover when parked has a lot of benefits: in sweltering heat, the car is kept cool in the shade; in colder weather, the carport keeps the car protected from rain, frost, and snow.
Although people living in warmer climates would never consider how snow could impact their solar experience and even ask the question if they need snow guards for solar panels, those residing in the northern regions of the US must always consider their weather when it comes to anything exposed to the elements. Failure to take mother nature into consideration often has dire consequences and how you handle your solar installation is no different.
Going solar in Phoenix is a great choice, as there are a lot of solid incentives for those of you looking to jump into the solar market. A state that offers favorable rebates, state tax policies, and a utility company that offers incentives to their customers, combine into worthwhile savings for anyone paying cash or taking out a loan for their solar panel system.
For a broader overview see our Arizona Solar page.
The answer is yes, according to experts at NREL. That would be far more than enough. As of 2012, the entire world used 17.7 terawatts for the year. About 10,000 times that much sunlight fell on the earth in that year; 170,000 terawatts.
You’ve probably noticed that more and more of your neighbors are going solar. It seems like there’s a climate or solar related article in the paper every week. Why?
This is a great question, but the answer depends on several factors: the amount of sunlight that hits the panel, the size of the panel, and the efficiency of the panel at converting sunlight into electricity.
We’ll cover the details of each factor listed above, but first a little more about solar panel ratings and how to calculate solar output where you live.Continue reading