Most of us picture a fixed rooftop installation when we think of solar panels – but did you know that there are solar panels that don’t sit still as they soak up the sun? Some photovoltaic systems are connected to something called a solar tracker, which powers ground-mounted solar panels to slowly change position so that they continuously face the sun.
Solar trackers can use a number of methods and mechanics to function, but all of them are meant to do one thing: increase energy output by moving solar panels so that they receive as much direct sunlight as possible. Some manufacturers boast that their trackers can increase energy production as much as a 45% over a fixed roof system.Continue reading
It can be a long and potentially overwhelming process to do all of the research necessary to go solar. These days, there are a wealth of installer options available if you want to go for a leased solar option. Today, we will sift through the sea of Sunnova reviews from a variety of different sources to see how they compare to the other players in the industry.Continue reading
It's our job to research the major players in the solar industry to save you some of the hours of legwork involved in researching and purchasing your new system. We will take a look at Vivint solar reviews from a variety of sources below, highlight the compliments and complaints, analyze the review trends, and see how they stack up against similar companies in their niche. Numbers are current as of the writing of this post.
Utah has enjoyed a lot of solar-friendly support over the years but recent program lapses, as well as gaps in some key incentive categories, hold this state back from being a top contender.
While it isn't leading the scoreboards, Utah solar is a solid option with a clear road to profit for anyone interested in taking the plunge.
You'll see by the end of this analysis that Utah has the capacity to put the "industry" back into its solar industry with a few additions to an otherwise solid foundation!
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!
Solar panels are a great way to ameliorate the harmful effects of climate change, lower our household energy costs and decrease nonrenewable energy dependence. But is there a downside to all this cheap energy – are solar panels dangerous for firefighters?
Solar panels, typically installed on the roof, are rigid and produce electricity (obviously), potentially making the area unsafe in an emergency situation and threatening firefighters’ ability to respond in a timely fashion. Many governments and first responder organizations have cast a spotlight on this difficult issue.
How do we reduce climate change without creating a hazard for ourselves and first responders?
With a state average of 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, the number of solar installations in Arizona are growing so quickly that APS (the state’s largest utility) has been struggling to keep up with all the approvals homeowners submit to connect their panels to the grid. And there are now dozens of solar companies popping up in the state, each looking to serve the rapidly expanding solar market. Of course, not all are up to the task of being one of the top solar companies in Arizona.
Before we elaborate on a solar carport, let’s look at a normal carport in a residential setting. A carport is often used as a cheaper alternative to a full garage, providing shelter from the elements, but not really doing much to increase security. Keeping your car under cover when parked has a lot of benefits: in sweltering heat, the car is kept cool in the shade; in colder weather, the carport keeps the car protected from rain, frost, and snow.
Although people living in warmer climates would never consider how snow could impact their solar experience and even ask the question if they need snow guards for solar panels, those residing in the northern regions of the US must always consider their weather when it comes to anything exposed to the elements. Failure to take mother nature into consideration often has dire consequences and how you handle your solar installation is no different.
Considering installing solar panels and weighing up rooftop versus backyard solar panels?
In this article, we’re going to guide you by the hand through what you need to know, and all the areas where your installer might sneak in a few extra cents.
First, we’ll explain why backyard solar panels are more expensive than rooftop panels, and then we’ll look at additional costs to watch out for when making the solar switch.Continue reading