Solar and the impact it has on the community long term

Going solar is not only a way to save money on your electricity bill, but it’s also a way to positively impact your community and environment in the long term. Installing a new solar system in your home helps to provide substantial benefits for our climate, health and economy.  With the installation of your new […]

Do my solar panels still generate electricity when it’s cloudy or raining?

it seems like “No” would be the most obvious answer to this question. But your PV panels can still generate power on cloudy and rainy days. It is most effective with direct sunlight, of course, and the best thing about having direct sunlight is the fact that most residential homes have net metering. The energy […]

This sustainable floating city can house 7,000 people and produce zero waste

This sustainable floating city can house 7,000 people and produce zero waste. Based off the shape of the Mantra Ray, it is designed to be completely sustainable, running off renewable marine energy and producing zero waste. Dreamed up by French architect Jacques Rougerie, this is the City of Mériens – a giant floating city designed to […]

If the power goes out, what happens to my solar system?

If you are thinking about installing a solar energy system to have power during a blackout, there are some facts you need to consider. There are many advantages to installing a grid-connected solar energy system. Grid-tied photovoltaic systems are designed to provide decades of trouble-free electricity generated by the sun. They are simple, economical, reliable, […]

What is Net Metering?

Many new solar system owners may come across a term called Net Metering, and wonder if it’s available in their neighborhood or business. Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid. The meter spins forward when a customer […]

3 Ways Solar Energy Programs Are Helping Achieve President Obama’s Climate Goals

Since President Obama took office in 2009, U.S. solar energy capacity has grown more than twenty-fold. And solar stands to grow even more — with renewable energy capacity in the U.S. slated to reach as much as 28 percent by 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, announced earlier this year, is an […]

How many solar panels do I need to offset my bill?

Electrical bills tend to change throughout the year between seasons and various types of weather. Different places across the world have variances in the number of sun hours they receive per day, which has an influence in the number of kWh you can generate per year in your location. How many solar panels do you […]

How much solar do I need to get for an Electric Vehicle?

Many of you have made the step into living a greener lifestyle and own an EV (electric vehicle). You might have even considered solar power for your home recently. The connection between the two go hand in hand. Thinking about charging an electric car with your residential solar array? For starters, you need an electric […]

Store the Suns Energy with Battery Backup Systems

What if you could readily capture energy of the sun, and use it at a later time?  The truth is you can, by equipping your rooftop solar (PV) system with battery backup. With the rising cost of energy, homeowners are searching out new ways to reduce their dependency on the electrical grid.  Grid-tied battery backup […]