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Are Solar Leasing Programs Really Worth It In the Long Run?

In a word, no! There are several reasons why leasing a grid-tie solar power system for your home is not a good idea. The number one reason why solar leasing programs are not the best option for generating electricity for your home is that solar leasing sales people tend to stretch the truth when it [...]

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The Top 10 States For Residential Installed Solar Energy In Q1 2015

Greentech Media Research has released it's report entitled U.S. Solar Market Insight which lists the top 10 states in residential solar energy installed capacity for the first quarter of 2015.  The list is as follows: California New York Arizona Massachusetts New Jersey Hawaii Maryland Connecticut Colorado Louisiana Source: GTM Research / SEIA U.S. Solar Market Insight report, Q1 2015 California lead the quarter with 232 megawatts of [...]

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Discussing the future of the Solar Investment Tax Credit

The Energy Gang podcast at GreenTech Media discusses the impending sunset (pun intended) of the Solar Investment Tax Credit, which is set to expire in 2017.

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VIDEO: The U.S. federal solar tax credit explained

You still have a little over two years to take advantage of the United States federal solar tax credit incentive that is available until December 31, 2016. Here is a short vdeo that explains in simple language how the 30% tax credit for solar works:

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Solar Carports: Energy To Harvest Above, Shade For Your Car Below!

Solar carports are a growing player in the U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) industry. In fact, according to GTM Research, U.S. solar contractors are projected to install a whopping 180 MW of generating capacity from solar carports in 2014, which will represent the fourth year in a row that carports have added at least 100 MW of capacity to the [...]

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8 Reasons Why People Are Going Solar Now

Solar is no longer something to put off into the future. Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans are investing in solar photovoltaic systems – in fact, there are enough installations in the United States to power approximately 3.2 million homes today.i Solar is now and the market is taking off. Do you want to know why you should consider jumping on [...]

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Top Five Tips for Selecting a Solar Company

You’ve done your homework and know that solar is a good investment for you, so now you’re ready to pull the trigger and purchase a solar photovoltaic (PV) array? Selecting the right solar contractor is incredibly important, so being informed about what to look for and what to look out for when selecting a vendor is critical. Here are a few [...]

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Solar PV Cells – Which One is Right For You?

Not all solar photovoltaic (PV) cells are made alike. Generally speaking, there are four different types – those made out of monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, or amorphous silicon. And while there are a number of differences between these cells, they mostly differ in the extent to which they carry out three main functions – how well they absorb light produced by the [...]

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Powered By The Sun #1: The Rosetta Mission - Part 2

In our previous installment Powered By The Sun #1: The Rosetta Mission - Part 1, we provided a brief synopsis of the European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission that has rendezvoused with a comet and will attempt to drop a lander onto that comet's surface.  In this segment, we'll take a look at what Rosetta is [...]

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Powered By The Sun #1: The Rosetta Mission - Part 1

Hello and welcome to the first installment of our new series Powered By The Sun, exploring the ways solar energy is being used in our time as we progress towards a future powered by the light and heat generated by the sun.  Occasionally, this series will cover live events where soar and other renewable energy [...]

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