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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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Tennessee Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Tennessee

Despite the state of Tennessee taking virtually no positive steps to encourage or reward homeowners to go solar, Tennessee homeowners can save over $17k with a mid-sized solar system -- thanks largely to TVA’s Green Power Provider program.

If you're looking for everything you need for Tennessee solar, you're covered! We’ve collected all the necessary information on going solar in Tennessee, including solar policies, available incentives, and savings estimates for average-sized installations. Ready to learn all about Tennessee solar? Let’s do it!

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Why Are Energy Prices Important to Your Solar Savings?

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How much you save by going solar is directly related to your cost of electricity.

If you’ve received quotes or savings estimates from solar installers, you’ve probably noticed that your current electricity price is listed somewhere on the page. Next to or below that price, you’ll probably also see the phrase estimated utility rate increase, expressed as a percentage.

Typically, it’s something like “Current electricity price: $0.13 per kWh. Estimated utility rate increase: 2.5%”. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what this rate increase is, and if it’s really that important.

To keep it simple: Yes, it is!

Today, you’re getting a crash course in energy price increases. I know, I know. It sounds boring. But, by the end of this article, you’ll be able to rest assured knowing that your savings estimate is – or is not – an accurate look at your future savings. It’s that important!Continue reading

Washington, DC Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Washington, DC

In Washington, DC (District of Columbia) solar is an excellent idea. With their fast rising electricity rates, fantastic REC program, and net metering regulations, homeowners in our nation's capital can save over $22k by installing an average-sized solar system.

Interested in going solar, but not sure where to start? We’ve got all the info you need below! Read on for savings estimates, financing options, available incentives, and relevant solar policies.

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How Can I Find Solar Providers Near Me?

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Wanting to go solar, but not sure how to find the best installers in your area?

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

Is Life Without Net Metering a Life Worth Living?

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Net metering makes solar a much more lucrative investment, but what if your state does not have it?

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

What Can You Do with a 100 Watt Solar Panel?

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Practical uses for a 100-watt solar panel

Let’s be blunt: a 100-watt solar panel is actually pretty small. You’re not going to power your whole home with a 100 watt panel. For reference, solar panels for rooftop installations typically fall around 260 to 300 watts – that’s 3 times as big as a little 100 watt panel. Solar panels for utility-scale installations or large businesses are even bigger!

So just how big is a 100-watt panel, and what can you do with it? Let’s take a look.Continue reading

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in San Diego?

The lowdown on savings and solar panel costs in San Diego

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.

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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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The “Tesla Off Grid Generator” Scam vs Elon Musk’s Powerwall

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Is the Tesla Off Grid Generator legitimate or a scam?

Nikola Tesla was a famous engineer and inventor best known for his contributions to electricity supply systems. Many have tried to imitate his greatness but few have succeeded. How can you tell if machines currently on the market that bear Tesla’s name, such as the Tesla “Off Grid Generator”, are fact or fiction?

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