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Is it Possible for Solar Panels to Run Air Conditioner Units?

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How to ensure your solar system can manage AC – the biggest energy hog in any house

Can you use solar panels to run air conditioner units? In a word, yes. If your home is connected to the grid and your solar installation is net metered, it is possible to use solar energy to cool your house. Many homes already do this!

However, in another word: maybe. An AC unit requires a lot of electricity. If you live off-grid and have no method of backup power, your solar/battery system will need to be quite large.

Let’s take a look at AC energy requirements and typical solar production to see if solar panels can really run air conditioners in each setup.Continue reading

Solar Inverter Efficiency – What is the Most Efficient Solar Inverter?

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Comparing the expense of an efficient inverter against what it would save you in the long run

Solar inverter efficiency determines how well an inverter converts the DC electricity created by solar panels to AC electricity that can be used in our homes and by the grid. Inverters are an integral part of any solar installation. Without them, our installations would actually be useless, since we couldn’t use the electricity they produced.

No inverter is 100% efficient, as there will always be at least some loss of energy during the conversion process. However, inverters today enjoy very high efficiency, converting between 95% to 98% of all the DC electricity generated into AC, with manufacturers always reaching for that next step in performance.

Is solar inverter efficiency really that important? Is it worth spending a couple extra bucks for the most efficient solar inverter you can find? Let’s take a look at inverter efficiency to answer these questions and more!Continue reading

How Big and Expensive is a 5kW Solar System?

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An average-sized installation for the average home.

Residential solar installations run from a measly 2kW to a monstrous 25kW (or even bigger). Twenty-five kilowatts (kW) is a huge solar installation (at least for residential projects), equal to about 100 solar panels.

Don’t have that much space on your roof? Don’t worry! Most installations, such as the 5kW solar system, are well below that size. Most of us don’t even use enough electricity to warrant an installation that big! In fact, according to the National Renewable Energy Lab (p.5), the average installation is about 5.6kW.

Today, let’s take a peek at a 5kW installation to understand exactly how big that is, how much you can expect to pay for one, and how much you can save by installing a system of this size.Continue reading

Are Used Solar Panels Worth the Hassle?

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What must buyers bear in mind when considering second-hand solar panels?

Solar installations can be quite expensive, so we all want to find ways to cut costs. Usually this means simply pricing out the job with several installers or choosing mid-priced equipment. For those of us who are more hands-on, this might even mean buying used solar panels.

While used solar panels are certainly cheaper than new models, there are some serious issues to consider before buying them. You need to assess your project and weigh your options carefully before moving forward.Continue reading

Is Purchasing Solar Panels in Cash Better than a Lease or Loan?

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Looking to install solar, but not quite sure how to pay for it?

There’s actually a few different options for purchasing solar panels, from simply paying cash to taking out a loan or lease.

Which one’s best? Let’s run through each and discuss their pros and cons, as well as which one you should choose and why.Continue reading

What Do Vision Solar Reviews (now Ion Solar) Say About This Large Solar Installer?

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What do customers say about this large installer located in the West?

Vision Solar (now Ion Solar since merging with Zing Solar in early 2017 ) is a major residential solar installer and financier currently working in 8 states, mostly in the Western US: California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, as well as South Carolina, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Ion Solar is actually the 7th largest residential solar installer in the US, having installed 48,789 kilowatts of solar – or about 9,800 average-sized (5kW) installations – not a small feat by any means.

Today, we're going to look at Ion/Vision Solar reviews​ and opinions from real customers to see whether you should work with this installer.

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SolarWorld Reviews – Customers Are Loving These Solar Panels

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What are existing customers saying about SolarWorld?

We do a lot of reviews on various solar manufacturers, installers, and service companies here because we want to give people who are interested in solar a leg up when it comes to choosing what is best for them. To continue with that mission, here is our far-ranging SolarWorld review.

SolarWorld has been the largest producer of solar panels in the U.S for more than 40 years, and although they have a global presence, they have a clear commitment to being involved with the country's economy. Most of the panels sold here, for instance, are produced on U.S. soil, and they make every effort to purchase supplies and parts from other American companies.

To be clear, SolarWorld only manufactures solar panels - they do not install the panels. Instead, they leave this work to a short list of local authorized and trained installers.​

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Trinity Solar Reviews: This Installer Needs Some Work

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An in-depth look at a Northeast solar installer and financier - Trinity Solar

Today, in our article about Trinity Solar reviews, we look at what actual customers say about them, common praises and complaints, and whether or not you should work with them.

Trinity Solar is a family-owned solar financier and installer working in six states throughout the Northeast, including New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Founded in 1994 as an AC/heating company, they shifted focus to solar in 2004 and now employs over 1,000 individuals.

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Virginia Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Virginia

Despite having some terrible gaps in their overall solar policy, installing solar in Virginia is still quite a lucrative investment thanks to the state’s decent net metering policy and sunny southern skies.

Saving over $15k by going solar in Virginia isn’t difficult, but of course, you need to do your homework first. What incentives are available? What do you need to connect your system to the grid? How much can you save?

We’re here to help with all these questions! Below, you’ll find all the information you need to make an informed decision on Virginia solar: savings estimates, info on solar policy, and a rundown of all incentives available to Virginia homeowners going solar.

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How Much Does a Sunpower Panel Cost?

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Searching for Sunpower solar panels prices?

Sunpower makes some of the best solar panels in the world. They’re ultra-efficient, highly durable, and put out more electricity than any others. Are you interested in installing Sunpower solar panels on your roof, but can’t find any info on how much a Sunpower panel cost?

You’re not alone! Sunpower is a unique solar panel manufacturer. You can’t just go out and buy one of their solar panels online or even through a distributor. You can only get your solar panels through pre-approved installers.Continue reading

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