Real Goods Solar (now known as RGS Energy) was founded in 1978 – quite old for a solar installation company. They currently work in 11 states, both installing and financing (via loans, not leases or PPAs) residential solar installations.
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
The majority of states in the US offer retail-rate net metering (or NEM, net energy metering), and you’re probably aware of a lot of them: California, Colorado, and Oregon, to name a few. Net metering is a basic building block of solar savings and the fact that this policy is so prevalent across the country is great news for most homeowners.
Today, though, let’s focus not on those that have net metering, but on those that don’t have net metering.Continue reading
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
Mississippi’s electricity rates and great sunlight give solar the perfect soil to bloom. Unfortunately, without a renewable portfolio standard and any decent net metering, the state isn’t doing much to grow Mississipi solar and renewable energy in any way.
Even still, going solar in Mississippi can help you save money and add value to your home at the same time. Take a look below for savings estimates as well as an overview of important solar policies and incentives.
San Diego has high electricity prices, great sunlight, and more solar installers than you could ever ask for. Interested in taking that next step, but aren’t sure how much solar panels cost San Diego residents, or if it even makes financial sense?
We’re here to help! Below, we’ve laid out typical costs and savings for solar in San Diego.
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!
Zero down solar is simply financing your solar installation so that you (the homeowner) can avoid paying any cash upfront. With an average-sized 5kW solar installation costing around $15k, avoiding that huge payment seems like a great idea, right?
But how exactly do you go solar with no upfront payments, and how does it work? You’ve come to the right place!Continue reading
A 4kW installation covers about half of an average home’s electricity use, but what does 4kW really mean? Below, we look at what a 4kW solar system actually is, how much space a 4kW installation takes up on your roof, and how much it costs to install.Continue reading
If you are not quite sure exactly how big that is, let alone how much it’s going to cost you, we’ve got you covered! Below, we lay out exactly how big a 3kW solar system is, looking at how much electricity it can produce as well as how many panels you’d need. We also take a look at the costs of a 3kW solar system and – most importantly – how much you can save.Continue reading