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Wiring Solar Panels in Series vs Parallel: Which Is Better?

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Understand the difference between wiring your solar panels in series vs parallel.

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!

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Zero Down Solar: Is It Worth It?

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Financing zero down solar may seem like a great deal, but is it wise?

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

How Big and Expensive Is a 3 kW Solar System?

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Thinking about installing a 3kW solar system?

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

How Big and Expensive Is a 7kW Solar System?

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Find out how much a 7kW solar system installation can save you.

A 7kW solar system is a medium-to-large sized system that covers close to 100% of the average home’s energy use, depending on the location. But what exactly is a 7kW solar system, how much does it cost, and how much can you save by installing one on your home? Read on to find out!

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Nevada Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Nevada

Nevada solar has had a rocky road over the last few years, due to serious net metering changes and ensuing controversies, resulting in the solar industry going dormant and big solar installers leaving the state.

That’s not the whole story though – there’s a glimmer of sunshine through the clouds. With the state beginning the process of reintroducing net metering in June 2017, the solar industry is poised to explode once again.

If you want to jump on the bandwagon, but don’t know where to start, read on for info on the current status of net metering in Nevada as well as other info on relevant policies, incentives, and savings estimates.

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Washington Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Washington state

Installing solar in Washington is unlike any other state. With the lowest electricity prices in the country, homeowners interested in installing solar will need to choose their financing carefully and take advantage of all incentives available. Thankfully, Washington homeowners are eligible for some fantastic incentives - including the wonderful state-wide performance payment program that was restructured and updated in July 2017.

We’ve got all the information you need for Washington Solar! Take a look below at savings estimates for both cash purchase and loans, as well as information on solar policy and available incentives.

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Alabama Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Alabama

Alabama solar would be a great option if only the state would be a little (okay, a lot) more supportive. It’s got sunny skies and fairly high electricity costs (at least when compared to some of its neighbors), but unlike many other states, it seems like Alabama is actively trying to discourage solar!

There’s no net metering, third-party ownership of Alabama solar is actually banned, and residents are eligible for only scant incentives. Unlike other states with burgeoning solar industries, there’s no promise of solar savings here. You’ll need to do your homework, study your savings and financial estimates, and install as cheaply as possible.

Thankfully, once your panels are up and running, you will actually be producing quite a bit of electricity thanks to Alabama’s great sunlight, but saving money will be a struggle.

Below, we’ve got all the info you need for going solar in Alabama, including savings estimates, as well as info on financing, solar policy, and available incentives.

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Iowa Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Iowa

Iowa has huge amounts of wind power. In fact, 34% of all electricity generated in Iowa is wind power. That’s a lot of renewable energy!

Unfortunately, solar generates precious little electricity in the state. There’s actually no large-scale solar farms in Iowa and all Iowa solar comes from small installations owned by homeowners or businesses.

Want to throw your name in with the solar lovers? Want to save some money and decrease your emissions? We’ve got all the information below to help you with your quest!

There’s information on solar savings in Iowa, relevant solar policies, and all the tax credits and exemptions you’re eligible for (and it’s quite a lot!). So start reading and then get out there and install your system!

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