The bankrupt American solar panel manufacturer Suniva is requesting an emergency tariff on imported solar panels to protect their business from cheaper panels made elsewhere. What would the Suniva petition mean to the rest of the solar industry if these trade protections are put in place?
On May 25th, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it had initiated a safeguard investigation into the manufacture and import of solar cells. Triggered by the petition filed on behalf of Suniva, the investigation could lead to emergency tariffs on imported solar panels. That would mean higher prices for American solar buyers and a potentially chilling effect on solar development.
New Mexico is famous for its beautiful, arid environment. Beyond the stunning scenery, the state’s hot sun and cloudless days also make it the perfect place for going solar. Take a look below for information on New Mexico solar policy, incentives, and estimates of financial savings by going solar in the state.
Although there aren’t as many rebates and incentives as in other states, the strong solar policy and the federal tax credit mean you can save quite a bit by installing solar in New Mexico!
Maybe you talked to them at Costco, or they knocked on your door. Now you want to know: is Sun Run a good deal, and if going solar with Sun Run is a wise investment. Basically, you want to know that, by working with Sun Run, you’re saving the most money possible.
To be sure of this, you need to compare the cost of Sun Run against both the cost to continue purchasing electricity from the utility as well as how Sun Run’s prices compare to other installation companies like SolarCity and NRG Home Solar.
But that’s not all you need to compare. Cost means nothing without good service, quality installation practices, and good finance options. If you’ve got the cheapest solar installation in the neighborhood, but it doesn’t run half the time, you’re not going to be saving much money!Continue reading
What does a solar water heater cost compared to solar panels? Why would you install a solar heater when solar panels can be seen as more useful? Let’s review water heaters as a whole from their inception, and then compare the cost to a photovoltaic installation.
Tesla is one of the hottest car manufacturers out there today, driven by sleek, futuristic designs, high performance, and the efficiency of their electric motors. But we must also ask: how much does it cost to charge a Tesla?
A lot of fuss has been made about the cost savings of electric cars – not just Tesla, but electric vehicles from Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Chevy as well. Often they are more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts, but maintenance costs over the lifetime of the car are much lower.
You spend more up front just buying the car, but your fuel costs over the life of the car are much lower, as purchasing electricity is much cheaper than gas.
So how efficient is a Tesla, and how much do they cost to charge?
Read on to find out.Continue reading
We can credit leases (along with falling prices) for inciting solar’s popularity boom over the last 10 years. Unfortunately more often these days, a solar lease is scaring buyers away from purchasing a home with a solar installation. We decided to look into the history of leases and how they work to give buyers (and sellers) the information they need to make an informed choice.
If you’ve spent any time at all looking into solar energy over the last few years, you’ve probably heard of SolarCity. SolarCity is one of the biggest names in the leasing game. If you’re interested in installing solar with a lease, you probably want to know if they’re worth it. Read this post if you want to determine whether SolarCity is a good deal for you.Continue reading
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.
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
While residential solar has been growing steadily, commercial solar hasn’t grown quite as much.
The 2015 Solar Investment Index survey commissioned by financial services firm Wiser Capital shows commercial solar is on the up and up.
Over 60 percent of the corporate investors who were surveyed said they plan to invest in solar, and are making a priority within the next five years. Another 20 percent said they’ve already invested in solar so far this year, which equals a total of 83 percent of investors expressing “strong interest” in going solar, according to Greentech Media.