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Ranked as our #1 overall solar installer, SunPower features the world’s highest efficiency solar panels and features three flexible purchase options to fit the needs of nearly every homeowner. Not only will SunPower…

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More people than ever are going solar. And for good reason: the power is clean, inexhaustible and increasingly economical. There were nearly 200,000 solar system installations in 2014. All told over 645,000 U.S. homes and businesses have now gone solar, with a new solar project installed every 2.5 minutes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). With solar’s growing widespread acceptance, there still remains considerable confusion among many homeowners about how a PV solar panel system actually turns sunlight into usable electricity their homes can use.  Among the most misunderstood components is the inverter.  Herein, we will attempt to shed some light on what every solar system needs to function properly. The Inverter: It’s Function Rooftop PV solar panels can’t create the kind of electric power a home needs.  They need a solar inverter. This small box of electrical components is typically installed in the garage. Its function is to convert the direct current electricity (the kind the comes from batteries, known as DC) from your solar panels into alternating current (AC), which is electricity that can be used… Read more

Solar thermal technology is not the same as solar-panel, or photovoltaic, technology. If you’re thinking of installing either of these solar-based systems to heat the water in your home, there are some things you should consider. Overall costs, maintenance, and incentives play a factor for many homeowners. Here, we look at the differences and assess which might be better for your home. The Technology of Solar Thermal Solar hot water employs flat collector plates to capture the sun’s energy to heat the water you use in your home—for bating, showering, washing machines and to heat your pool or spa. These systems resemble photovoltaic panel system and are installed in roughly the same way, i.e., the collectors are usually installed facing south and on rooftops that are unobstructed by shade. But unlike PV panels, solar thermal collectors do not convert sunlight to electricity; instead, the collectors transfer the energy directly to the water. In this way, solar thermal systems take the place of the electricity or natural gas you would otherwise consume to heat your water. And while you can get… Read more

The year 2015 will go down as a milestone for solar—particularly residential solar. For the first time ever, over half of new electricity generation in Q1 2015 capacity in the U.S. came from solar, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The solar industry is also making great strides in solving its intermittency issue, installing energy storage systems in more homes that have made the decision to go solar. The SEIA notes that solar’s potential growth can now be measured in trillions of dollars. They expect PV installations to top 7.9 GWdc in 2015, up 27% over 2014. This growth will be most pronounced in the residential market, which grew 11% over Q4 2014 to enjoy the largest quarter ever. While, not surprisingly, California contributed to 53% of national residential installations, demand rose outside the Sunshine State throughout the West and in the Northeast. Case in point: New York added 40 MWdc for the second consecutive quarter in a row; in Q1 2015, Nevada added more residential installations than the state installed during all of 2014. Combining Solar with Ancillary… Read more

Everyone, it seems, is going solar. And why not?  It’s a great way to save energy, lower electric bills and reduce our consumption of fossil fuels. While installing a solar photovoltaic system is most often recommended for most homes, there are situations where it might be best to postpone going solar. Solar contractors agree that roughly 15% of homes are not good candidates for a solar PV system. Energy Generation & Energy Conservation In some cases, a solar PV system might not get the results one might expect.  In these instances, monies may be better spent in other areas to achieve either energy conservation of energy generation. Some examples: Poorly Insulated Home. Some homes are simply under insulated. Older homes, in particular, may lack the R-value insulation in their roof or exterior walls. So installing a solar PV system to power a heating or AC unit would be a waste of energy. Once a home is sufficiently insulated, however, a solar PV system makes sense. In fact, many states mandate that a home be properly insulated before providing rebates for… Read more

There’s been lots of talk about PV solar panels as it relates to technology. Inarguably, great strides have been made in making panels more efficient in converting sunshine to electricity. And there’s probably been just as much said about ways to finance solar, with a growing number of buy, lease and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) options. But there remains the topic of warranties, so heavily covered in autos and other appliances, but often overlooked in the heat and hoopla of getting a PV solar system. What follows is a brief primer on what homeowners should know and ask when going solar: Warranties Are the Sum of Their Parts The warranty on a residential solar power system can’t be taken as a whole but judged by its individual parts. In other words, each component must be considered separately, and that includes the work and workmanship of the installer. The workmanship of solar installers varies from state to state. The parts and labor warranty for a typical residential solar system will cover “materials and workmanship” for up to two years. Manufacturer warranties… Read more