I’ve got a confession to make: For all the talking I do about solar and the solar revolution underway, I haven’t thrown my hat in the solar ring. An iceberg-sized collection of excuses stands between me and Solardom, and my homeowner-ship is hesitant to steam past them. But here’s why my excuses might just be hogwash, and how that iceberg might just melt away under the summer sun. [...]
There's so much debate around the cost of solar. This article breaks down what solar actually costs across the U.S. and in each state [...]
Payback period of a rooftop PV system can simply be defined as the time taken by which the initial investment made for the system will be recovered from the savings it makes.
To illustrate this, assume you invest $10000 in a project that gives you a profit of $1000 every year.
In 10 years, the profits together have paid back your original investment, and hence the payback period is 10 years. [...]
Did someone say free solar energy? Well, yes the Sun is blasting out an inconceivable amount of free energy every second, but to harvest all this golden wealth, you’re going to need solar panels for your home. You have a couple of options if you’re looking to get a solar power system on your roof … [...]
Tesla on Friday announced its solar shingle and tile roofing line. The nascent solar shingle industry has struggled to catch on, and Tesla's entry may be what's needed to take it mainstream. [...]
On Friday evening as the sun descended over the old Hollywood set of “Desperate Housewives,” Elon Musk took to a stage and fired up his presentation about climate change. It was a strange scene, with hundreds of people crowded into the middle of a subtly artificial suburban neighborhood.
It wasn’t until about a minute into the speech that Musk casually let the crowd in on Tesla’s big secret. “The interesting thing is that the houses you see around you are all solar houses,” Musk said [...]
Although installing photovoltaic (PV) panels offers a number of environmental benefits, the main reason customers go solar is because of the savings. [...]
Curious how much a 10kW solar system will cost and how much energy it can produce? Learn how to know if you're getting the best deal on a PV system [...]
Talk to any investor on a business opportunity, and one of the first questions that come up is about the solar energy payback period for the investment.
The same is the case of rooftop solar PV investments.
What is Payback Period?
Payback period of a rooftop PV system can [...]
Utah's one-stop-shop for solar information! Providing decision making and educational resources for homeowners, businesses, contractors, local governments, and utilities. [...]
Elon Musk's SolarCity to Build "Solar Shingles" For Your House [...]
Solar shingles, also called photovoltaic shingles, are solar panels or solar modules designed to look like and function as conventional roofing materials, such as asphalt shingle or slate, while also producing electricity. Solar shingles are a type of solar energy solution known as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).
There are several varieties of solar shingles, including shingle-sized solid panels that take the place of a number of conventional shingles in a strip, semi-rigid designs con [...]
Brian H. Potts on the hole in the rooftop solar-panel craze: Large-scale solar plants make sense, but panels for houses simply transfer wealth from average electric customers. [...]
State incentives, utility electricity payments, financing options and better-looking solar panels are prompting more and more homeowners to convert to solar power. As always, the overall amount of sun hitting your roof is the determining factor of whether solar power makes sense for you. [...]
Contributing less to pollution and more to sustainability are great reasons to buy a solar energy system. And let’s face it, seeing a return on your investment is a pretty nice incentive too. But how quickly can solar panels pay themselves off and how do you work it out? Let’s find out. To calculate your return on investment, there’s four main things your need to know: [...]
One graphic says so much about how far solar has come, and how bright its future looks.
A friend and former colleague—my business partner from when I worked in solar—recently shared a graph showing the drop in the prices of solar panels and the growth in worldwide installations of solar. [...]
Shining. Soaring. Skyrocketing. Solar is so exciting, we’re running out of adjectives.
The what, the why, and the where-to of America’s solar power revolution are the subjects of a new UCS report and infographic. It’s a story worth celebrating. [...]
For zero down, leading residential provider SolarCity would install panels on his roof. The company would own the equipment, and he'd buy the power it produces for less than he had been paying his electric utility. Save money, fight climate change. Sounds like a deal. [...]
Rooftop mounted systems are small compared to ground-mounted photovoltaic power stations with capacities in the megawatt range. Rooftop PV systems on residential buildings typically feature a capacity of about 5 to 20 kilowatts (kW), while those mounted on commercial buildings often reach 100 kilowatts or more. [...]
Photovoltaic roof shingles, which are tax-subsidized and easier to install than bolt-on panels, have become a viable option for homeowners looking to lower their electric bills [...]
Learn how to calculate your solar panel payback period, the metric that most solar shoppers rely on to understand the value of solar. [...]
How much do solar panels cost? This is the big question we all ask when considering whether or not to purchase a home solar power system. [...]
Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include the First Solar announcement that it is restructuring, laying off its workforce and canceling its Series 5 module; the finalization of the Tesla buyout of SolarCity and the residential solar market in Japan. Check it out. [...]
Utilities across the country are embracing community solar, viewing it as an opportunity to retain customers and compete against the burgeoning self-generation rooftop solar PV market by providing a utility-operated 100 percent solar option. [...]