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How Do I Evaluate If I Should Go Solar or Not?

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Should I go solar or not?

Why should I go solar? Everyone’s got an opinion. And in the age of information, everyone’s got an opinion online. Which is handy for wasting years of your life. But not so for finding anything resembling the truth.

That’s where we come in.

See, we know a thing or two about solar. And it’s our mission to wade through the flotsam of speculation to find the solar facts, so you don’t have to.

So, sit back, relax and pop a cold one while we answer the topic of the day:

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San Diego Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in San Diego

Thinking about installing solar panels in San Diego, but don’t know where to start?

You’ve got questions floating around in your mind: How much can you save? What type of financing should you choose? What incentives are available? Is the process fast?

Going solar can initially seem confusing. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve outlined all of this and more to make installing solar panels in San Diego a super easy process.

For a broader state overview, see our California Overview page.

   

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Los Angeles Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Los Angeles

Installing solar panels in Los Angeles is almost a no-brainer - a win-win-win situation no matter how you look at it.

With sunny skies, high utility rates, and excellent rebates and tax credits, homeowners can make out like a bandit (and contribute to a cleaner world) by installing solar panels in Los Angeles. In fact, Los Angeles residents are eligible for one of the best incentives in the state for going solar!

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What Are Some Good Solar Panel Cleaning Tools?

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If it’s time to spruce up your solar panels, let’s first look at the best solar panel cleaning tools.

You probably remember the moment your shiny new solar panels arrived at your home and were installed on your roof. Just like we marvel at brand new TVs with no fingerprints or smudges fouling the picture, pristine solar panels can be quite impressive. But just like that TV, solar panels will start to accumulate dust and dirt on the surface very quickly, and that is when you have to consider your solar panel cleaning tools.

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Solar Inverter Costs and How to Choose the Right One

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Solar inverter costs, warranties, and efficiencies you should know before making your purchase.

Quick Tip: If you’re not too familiar with solar inverters, glance over our primer on solar inverters What Solar Power Inverter Should You Get For Your PV System? to understand the basics before moving forward with this article about solar inverter costs.

If you are already working with a solar installer, most have a short list of inverters they typically like to install, so your options for inverters might be somewhat limited. Which inverter is installed in your home is typically decided by availability and installation size as well as placement of your solar installation (see the article linked above for more information on this).

Even if your installer has shortlisted a few inverters to make it easy for you to choose, or even if they already chose for you, it’s a good idea to know a little the technology and typical solar inverter costs so you know what you are getting and whether it’s a good deal. There are a lot of inverters out there, each with different prices, efficiencies, and warranties, so knowing a little background information will go a long way to helping you make a sound financial decision.Continue reading

Gainesville Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels Gainesville, Fl

In 2011, the sheer quantity of solar panels residents and businesses of Gainesville, FL had installed made national news. The number of solar installations was three times as high as the US national average and higher even than solar-friendly countries like Japan and France. No doubt this spike in popularity was due in part to GRU’s (Gainesville Regional Utilities) very popular solar feed-in tariff program which provided incredible financial incentives for solar electricity pushed back into the grid by their solar customers.

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North Carolina Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about North Carolina Solar Power

North Carolina has the 3rd most residential solar of all 50 states in the US, beating other very solar-friendly states like Colorado, New Jersey, and Massachusetts! No doubt the explosive growth in the state was due in part to North Carolina’s incredible 35% tax credit for solar - which unfortunately has been defunct since 2015 - but even today homeowners in the state can save upwards of $10k with North Carolina Solar!

Read on for more information on purchasing solar in North Carolina as well as relevant solar policy and incentives.

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What are the Primary Types of Solar Power?

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What do we mean when we talk about the different types of solar power?

After all, all solar power comes from the sun, what else is there?

When we discuss types of solar power, what we’re really talking about is the different methods of harvesting and using the sun’s energy. With solar power, we can warm a room so we’re nice and cozy, heat water for our showers and baths, create electricity or even cook food! Today we’re going to focus on ways to create or harvest energy using solar power.Continue reading

How Big and Expensive Is a 12 kW Solar System?

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Interested in installing a 12 kW Solar System, but not quite sure what 12 kW actually means?

First things first, kilowatts (kW) is a measure of an installation’s size. Basically, kW is a measure of how much electricity the solar installation can produce in a single instant. The average residential solar installation in the US is 5.6 kW, so a 12 kW solar system is over 2x bigger than the national average! However, 12 kW is by no means the biggest solar system homeowners install (check out our article on 20 kW to read about even bigger solar installations!).

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