Helping apartment renters to go solar is a huge challenge to the industry, as renters typically don’t have the authority to install solar and property owners can be reluctant to dish out the cash for a solar installation, since they don’t see any financial benefit themselves.
In an effort to alleviate the issue, solar industry researchers and analysts have come up with some great options for solar panels for apartment dwellers. Options now run from new financing mechanisms to completely new forms of ownership that allow a renter to own solar in a remote location – just not on their own roof.
Let’s walk through the different options available to renters looking to install solar.Continue reading
Its reputation as the Cowboy State might have something to do with the current "Wild West" status of the Wyoming solar industry, as there's not much in the way of endorsement or regulation from the state government. More likely than that is the fact that the state's primary industries revolve around mining fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
In other words, local utilities have a plentiful source of cheap raw materials to work with right now, which means they don't have much incentive to look for renewable sources of energy. However, if the state's population adopts a bit of foresight and sees the long-term benefits of renewable resources, that could change.
Nebraska and its Cornhuskers might geographically be in the middle of the country, but the state's solar policies and the political climate around renewable resources put it near the bottom of our list of pro-solar states.
Despite a lack of financial incentives though, Nebraska solar can still be financially profitable. At the same time you'll be helping the environment and reducing our dependency on fossil fuels!
We've run the numbers and researched what incentives are available (such as they are), the tax rebates you'll qualify for, and what policies Nebraska has in place -- as well as the many areas the state can improve -- if you're interested in going solar in Nebraska.
With the inverter such a cornerstone component of your solar installation, it pays to take some time to find the best option for you. SolarEdge and Enphase both manufacture premium module-level inverters. But between SolarEdge vs Enphase, which one is better? Let’s walk through what makes each product unique and list their pros and cons to help you decide.Continue reading
With so many manufacturers to choose from, it can be daunting to find the solar panels that perfectly fit your needs. How do you know which are the best solar panels for home use? They’re the ones that best balance efficiency, reputation, and cost. Let’s run through all the factors to consider when choosing the right panels for your home.Continue reading
Maine is the most northeastern state in the continental U.S, and is a bit of an outlier when it comes to solar. However, for those living in there, Maine solar is still a great deal worthy of consideration.
Despite an aggressive renewable portfolio standard on paper, there is almost nothing in the way of incentives for residents outside of the federal tax credit.
Read on to discover how much profit you stand to make with Maine solar, and whether or not it makes sense for you in your current situation!
Residents of Big Sky Country often find themselves looking up at the beautiful night sky, but it turns out that the daytime sky is quite impressive for a different reason! Montana Solar may not be catching a lot of traction yet, but its flexibility in rural areas, coupled with a substantial return on investment, indicates that this form of energy could be an excellent choice for interested residents.
We'll take a look at just how much profit you could make in Montana and discuss all of the ins and outs of purchasing, local policies, and potential incentives. Let's see what we have to work with here!
Texas’ electricity infrastructure is quite an anomaly when compared to most states. Instead of one electricity company both generating the electricity and maintaining the equipment to get it to you (poles, wires, transformers, etc), Texas is a deregulated market.
As such, Texas residents can purchase electricity from any electricity generation company they choose, though one company (Oncor in Dallas) is responsible for maintaining the local electricity grid.
Deregulation was meant to lower electricity prices for customers by introducing competition into an industry that has historically been dominated by quasi-monopolies regulated by the state.
In Dallas, you can choose from dozens of electricity providers. Some provide the cheapest electricity possible, while others are more expensive but offer incentives or bonus programs. Some even sell 100% clean energy (Green Mountain Energy, for example).
All this is great, but what if you want to produce your own electricity by installing solar? In this unique market, what kind of return could you see and how much would it cost? Does Dallas or its utilities offer any special incentives for going solar?
Do you live in a sunny state and think that solar panels may be a good investment to cut down on your energy bills and improve the value of your home? Or maybe you live in a less sunny state and believe solar panels would be suicide from an investment perspective. In reality, the decision to go solar is more complicated than just calculating sun hours per day by zip code.
Let’s figure out what is important to know about sunlight before you decide to go solar. Continue reading
Alaska might be "The Last Frontier" but it is definitely possible to tame the sunlight that pours into this state in the name of solar energy! Despite the seasonal weirdness with daylight hours, relatively low energy needs and high energy prices provide a decent environment for Alaska solar.
Sure, the local oil and gas industries won't be too fond of a movement in renewable energy, but what is better than saving the planet while living right next door to fossil fuel producers?
Read on to find out how you can make a profit by helping the environment in Alaska!