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Your Questions About Solar Energy And Solar Panels, Answered

Solar Basics

18 Articles

Learn the basics about how solar panels work. We have answers to your questions about upfront costs, home requirements, the installation process and potential long-term savings.

Solar Financing

7 Articles

Learn about government incentives, net metering and solar loans that could help you on the path to solar ownership.

Solar Ownership

3 Articles

Maintaining and monitoring your solar system is key to preserving peak performance and your home's value. Stay up to date on the latest products in energy storage and solar ownership tips.

Energy Efficiency

4 Articles

Getting solar panels is a great way to make a difference for our environment. Discover other sources of renewable energy, the environmental impacts of your green home, what the future holds for solar technology and more!

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Solar panels on roofs all over a neighborhood.

Should You Get Solar Panels For Your Home?

Solar Basics 8-Minute Read

Melissa Brock May 10, 2022

Solar panels are becoming an increasingly popular addition to residential properties. Find out more about whether they’re a worthwhile investment for your home.

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Inspectors with solar panels.

What Is A Sun Number And How Do You Find Your Home’s Sun Score?

Solar Basics 4-Minute Read

Sarah Lozanova May 10, 2022

A sun number is a rating that assesses whether your home would benefit from solar panels. Let’s examine how to find your sun number score and why it matters.

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House with solar panels on the roof.

The Future Of Solar Energy For Homeowners

Energy Efficiency 5-Minute Read

Sarah Lozanova May 4, 2022

What’s the future of solar energy? Read on to see what policies, actions and innovations can help expand this source of clean energy and cut fossil fuels use.

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Why Solar Panels Are Expensive – And Why They’re Worth It

Solar Financing 5-Minute Read

Hanna Kielar Apr 21, 2022

Solar panels are an expensive upgrade for homeowners. Read on to see why they can be worth the expense as a long-term investment.

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Electrician man working with wires outside of house.

Solar Inverters: A Beginner’s Guide

Solar Basics 5-Minute Read

Hanna Kielar Apr 18, 2022

Solar inverters are an important part of every solar panel system. Find out what they are, what they do and how to choose the right one for your home.

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Solar panels in a field with wind mills in the back.

A Quick Guide To Renewable Energy Credits

Energy Efficiency 5-Minute Read

Sarah Lozanova Apr 15, 2022

Renewable Energy Credits are, in theory, a way for people to support green energy sources. Read on to see whether they’re a good option for you.

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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

Solar Basics 5-Minute Read

Sarah Lozanova Apr 12, 2022

Find out how your peak sunlight hours, energy consumption and solar panel type influences how many solar panels you need.

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Woman looking on computer with calculator.

Solar Incentives, Tax Credits And Rebates For Homeowners

Solar Financing 6-Minute Read

Sarah Lozanova Apr 11, 2022

Solar panel tax credits, state and federal solar rebates and additional incentives can help make going solar more affordable. Read on to learn about current solar incentives.

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Beautiful bog house in daylight with solar panels on side of house.

How Much Energy Do Solar Panels Produce In A Year? Understanding Average Solar Panel Output

Solar Basics 6-Minute Read

Melissa Brock Apr 11, 2022

We’ll break down average solar panel output to help homeowners understand how much energy solar panels produce in a year.

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Solar powered house on lake.

What You Should Know About An Off-Grid Solar System

Solar Basics 10-Minute Read

Sarah Lozanova Apr 8, 2022

Thinking about an off-grid solar system? Find out if relying on your own energy production is the right step for you and your home.

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African American engineers working on solar panels.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Solar Energy?

Solar Basics 9-Minute Read

Dan Miller Apr 8, 2022

If you’re weighing the pros and cons of solar energy, read on to see what to expect from this major investment, from resale value to environmental impact.

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Solar Panel ROI: Are Solar Panels Worth The Investment?

Solar Financing 5-Minute Read

Melissa Brock Apr 8, 2022

Solar panels can be a great way to save money on electricity. Learn more about the cost of solar panels, how to calculate the ROI and whether they’re worth it.

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What Is Net Metering And Why Is It Important For Home Solar?

Solar Basics 5-Minute Read

Melissa Brock Apr 8, 2022

If you’re researching solar, you’ve probably noticed the term “net metering.” Read on to learn what that means and how it impacts people with home solar.

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Blue house with solar panels on the roof.

Selling Solar Electricity Back To The Grid: What You Need To Know

Energy Efficiency 4-Minute Read

Dan Miller Apr 8, 2022

You might have heard that going solar could open up the opportunity to sell electricity back to the grid. How does it work and how could you get started? We'll explain here.

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Male worker on roof installing solar panels.

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

Solar Basics 8-Minute Read

Hanna Kielar Apr 8, 2022

"How long do solar panels last?” is a common question from homeowners. Read on to see answers about how long the components of a solar panel system can last.

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What You Should Know About Free Solar Panels

Solar Financing 7-Minute Read

Sarah Lozanova Apr 7, 2022

You’ve probably noticed many advertisements for free solar panels recently. Read on to know if this is a legitimate offer or one with too many strings attached.

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Pros And Cons Of Leasing Solar Panels

Solar Financing 6-Minute Read

Melissa Brock Apr 7, 2022

Leasing solar panels can let you produce renewable energy for your home with little upfront cost. But do the pros of leasing solar panels outweigh the cons?

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Solar panels on house on sunny day.

Buying A House With Solar Panels: What You Need To Know

Solar Ownership 8-Minute Read

Hanna Kielar Apr 7, 2022

If you’re in the market for a new home, you may be looking for something with energy-saving upgrades like a solar system. Here’s what to know when buying a house with solar panels.

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Woman installing solar panels on a roof.

Solar Panel Efficiency: A Quick Guide

Energy Efficiency 6-Minute Read

Melissa Brock Apr 6, 2022

Thinking about home solar? Solar panel efficiency should be high on your list of priorities. Here’s what you need to know about efficient solar panels. 

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House shown with solar panels during the day.

How Many Solar Panels Do You Need To Power A House?

Solar Basics 5-Minute Read

Dan Miller Apr 6, 2022

Solar panels collect sunlight and turn it into usable electricity for your home. Learn how many solar panels you need to power your house with this guide.

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