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Is Solar Panel Removal Possible?

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For anyone asking themselves ‘Is solar panel removal possible?’ read on as we explore common reasons, routes, and issues.

It might seem like solar panel removal would be a bit of a taboo topic in a community so heavily focused on renewable energy production, but the reality is that solar panels are just like any other piece of equipment attached to your home. Just like the occasional HVAC replacement, it’s entirely possible that you will need to remove your solar panels for one reason or another at some point.

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Florida Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Thinking of installing solar in sunny Florida? 

You’re not alone! The state ranked 17th in the most solar installed in the US in 2015. Not too bad considering Florida lacks many of the incentives that heavily discount the cost of going solar. However, the state sees excellent weather for producing your own renewable energy and homeowners can take advantage of numerous tax incentives to save even more money going solar!

If you’re looking for information on going solar in specific cities in Florida, check out our articles on Going Solar in Orlando, Going Solar in Central Florida, Going Solar in Gainesville, and Going Solar in Ft Lauderdale.

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Solar Energy: Bridging the Party Gap

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As we’re getting closer to Election Day, it’s a good time to reflect. We see democrats and republicans (or at least two specific democrats and republicans…) seemingly at each other’s throats – name calling, bad mouthing, and generally being poor sports. At a time like this, when the political situation is somewhat dire and it looks like these two sides will never be able to agree on anything, there’s one topic that republicans and democrats, at least in the general public, agree widely on – solar energy!

Numerous polls have found that regardless of political leanings, all Americans simply love solar energy and want to see it expanded in the future. Polls in 2012, 2014 and now a recent Pew Research Poll in 2016 continue to have the same results – that people just love solar.Continue reading

What are the Best Solar Energy Stocks?

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Interested in investing in solar energy stocks but you don’t if it’s a wise move?

How could an industry that is built on saving millions of homeowners thousands of dollars each not be a smart, successful investment?* While this statement is certainly true, as of fall 2016 stock prices for solar financing and installation companies are currently trading in the single digits. What is going on?

* Note that we are not financial advisors and this post is for entertainment purposes only!

The Solar Industry is Big Business that’s Growing Fast

Over the last 10 years, the solar industry has seen a veritable explosion, with year-over-year growth around 60% (compared to the average utility’s 13.4% annually increase in revenue from 2010-2015).  Large national solar companies that offer power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leases have been able to secure huge financing deals to cover these agreements, in which the solar companies recoup their initial investments in small monthly increments over the course of customers’ 20 year agreement.

In addition, the average price of solar panels has decreased a whopping 70% in that same time, further reducing total installation costs, leading to more and more homeowners making the decision to install solar.Continue reading

Trump vs. Clinton on Renewable Energy

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It’s not surprising that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton don’t see eye-to-eye on dozens of issues, but the 2016 election presidential candidates have adopted completely opposite renewable energy strategies.

Perhaps the best way to approach this issue is to start with Trump’s now-infamous 2012 tweet stating that global warming was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”.

When Clinton made mention of this during this year’s first presidential debate, Trump interjected (in a fashion that ruled the entire event) – “I did not, I do not say that.”Continue reading

Cap And Trade VS Carbon Tax: A Political Perspective

Carbon tax vs cap and trade? It’s not the old approach to energy policy that is designed to fix – or to wreck – the climate.

Carbon tax is any kind of tax intended to make carbon emitters pay for the damage they cause to the environment by burning fossil fuels.

Cap and trade is a government initiative where “cap” puts a limit on the amount of carbon that is allowed to be emitted by companies, whereas “trade” refers to the process where companies can trade with their allowances in order to incentivize the reduction of pollution.

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Solar EV Program in Colorado: Huge Success!

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Solar EV: the first-ever promotion to bundle a solar roof with an electric vehicle by a coalition of municipal governments in Colorado during the last four months of 2015 was a huge success.

Colorado has innovated a marriage made in heaven: EV and PV

The program resulted in a sharp rise in EV purchases as more people were alerted to the powerful carbon-cutting synergistic relationship created by marrying rooftop solar to an EV in the garage. The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) provided support.

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Australia’s Capital Canberra to go 100% Renewable by 2050

Regardless of which party is in power next in Australia, the seat of national government – the nation’s capital city of Canberra – is going 100% renewable.

The ACT government’s plans; the most ambitious in Australia, are to completely divest from fossil fuels and fully decarbonise the territory’s electricity system.

Canberra’s ambitious 100% renewable plan has very high support from Australians, according to researcher and campaigner Tom Swann.

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Wisconsin Judge Rejects Controversial Solar Surcharge

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A ruling by a Wisconsin circuit court judge reverses a controversial solar surcharge that would have made solar power more expensive for consumers.

We Energies is Wisconsin’s largest public utility, and provides electricity and natural gas to 4.4 million customers across four states. In December 2014, they proposed a $4 monthly flat rate increase in addition to a per-kilowatt-hour electricity rate increase for all customers. The fee hike was approved by Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission and was set to take effect in 2016, but the solar industry quickly joined together and filed an appeal to block its implementation.

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New Supply Shock Will Raise Solar Cost

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A huge upswing in Chinese solar demand is about to rapidly raise the cost of going solar, with sold-out modules in 2016 coming from new shortages in solar supplies.

The cost of going solar has gone sharply down overall as a global solar glut due to several years of Chinese oversupply drove solar cost down over the last four years.

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