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Vivint Complaints are Adding Up

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Are you thinking about going solar with Vivint, but concerned about their terrible reviews?

Are you concerned about Vivint complaints? While we aren’t happy about what we find, we’ll tell you exactly what Vivint customers have to say.

First off, let’s get something straight: we don’t like to disparage any solar company. At UnderstandSolar, we’re people dedicated to solar energy. We want to see solar flourish on every housetop. And by extension, we want the solar industry and all its installers to flourish as well. You can’t have a solar installation on your roof without solar companies to actually put it up there!

But we’re also dedicated to helping you have the best experience going solar that you can. That’s why we write so many reviews of solar installers, assessing their products, costs, and – most importantly – customer reviews.

If you’re curious what people have to say about Vivint, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into the most common Vivint complaints, from actual customer reviews, and try to figure out what is going on.

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Finding the Best Utah Solar Companies in Salt Lake City

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Are you looking for good solar companies in Utah?

If you’re in the Salt Lake/Provo area and are wondering how to find the best Utah solar companies, we’ve got you covered here. As great as sunny Utah is for solar, there really aren’t many installers working in the area. However, don’t let that get you down, as you still have some great choices out there. From big, nation-wide installers to local specialty solar companies, you’ve got your pick of the litter!

Today, let’s discuss some questions to ask yourself before contacting installers. We’ll also give you a short list of solar companies working in the Salt Lake City/Provo area, with some introductory information and summary of what real customers have to say about working with them.

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Sunlight vs Intensity: Calculating Sun Hours Per Day by Zip Code

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How to determine if you get enough sun to make solar panels worth it

Do you live in a sunny state and think that solar panels may be a good investment to cut down on your energy bills and improve the value of your home? Or maybe you live in a less sunny state and believe solar panels would be suicide from an investment perspective. In reality, the decision to go solar is more complicated than just calculating sun hours per day by zip code.

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SolarWorld Reviews – Customers Are Loving These Solar Panels

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What are existing customers saying about SolarWorld?

We do a lot of reviews on various solar manufacturers, installers, and service companies here because we want to give people who are interested in solar a leg up when it comes to choosing what is best for them. To continue with that mission, here is our far-ranging SolarWorld review.

SolarWorld has been the largest producer of solar panels in the U.S for more than 40 years, and although they have a global presence, they have a clear commitment to being involved with the country's economy. Most of the panels sold here, for instance, are produced on U.S. soil, and they make every effort to purchase supplies and parts from other American companies.

To be clear, SolarWorld only manufactures solar panels - they do not install the panels. Instead, they leave this work to a short list of local authorized and trained installers.​

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What is a Solar Tracker?

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Some solar installations act like sunflowers, turning to face the sun

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

Sunnova Reviews: What Are People Saying About this Solar Company?

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Interested in purchasing solar power through Sunnova but aren't sure about the reviews?

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.

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Vivint Solar Reviews: What Are People Saying?

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Interested in purchasing solar through Vivint but not sure if they are getting good reviews?

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.

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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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Are Solar Panels Dangerous for Firefighters?

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Solar energy is good for the planet, but are solar panels dangerous for firefighters?

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?

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What are the Top Solar Companies in Arizona?

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Top 10 solar companies in Arizona

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.

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