President Trump set the stage for a battle with some of America’s biggest trading partners by approving new solar panel tariffs, and it quickly snowballed into much more. Let’s look at the hype surrounding Trump’s developing trade-spat, the international players involved, which sectors it will impact, and what the consequences may be.Continue reading
Don’t get us wrong – we aren’t ungrateful. Solar lease were a huge factor in today’s solar world. We can thank the solar lease, in large part, for the huge surge in residential solar’s popularity over the last 10 years. It solved the industry’s #1 issue – high cost. Leases allow homeowners to avoid any upfront payment and instead make small monthly payments to the installer/owner.
While we wouldn’t be where we are today without the solar lease, times have changed. Installation costs have dropped to the point where, for many, buying an installation outright is feasible.
And as solar has become more commonplace, banks and credit unions across the US are beginning to offer loans for solar installations, allowing homeowners to see the same perks as leases (no upfront costs) but retain ownership, enjoy all the tax breaks, and see higher savings.
In fact, since 2015 or so, solar leases have been in decline, with investing site The Motley Fool even proclaiming “the death of the solar lease.”
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
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.
Maybe you talked to them at Costco, or they knocked on your door. Now you want to know: is Sunrun a good deal, and if going solar with Sunrun is a wise investment. Basically, you want to know that, by working with Sunrun, you’re saving the most money possible.
To be sure of this, you need to compare the cost of Sunrun against both the cost to continue purchasing electricity from the utility as well as how Sunrun’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.