What You Need to Know about the Solar Tax Credits for 2019
There has never been a better time to upgrade your home with solar panels. Not only can these upgrades help your family save money over the long run and become more independent of the country’s power infrastructure, but the US government is actually rewarding homeowners who make these changes in 2019 with credits on their 2019 federal tax return. Wait until next year and the amount of the tax credit decreased, so it’s wise to act before December 31, 2019.(more…)
How many solar panels are needed to power a house?
As solar panels have become more and more popular for residential homes, this has become a common question for most homeowners when talking to their solar representative. How many panels will I need to power my home? The answer is a very long one based on many determining factors, which we’ll cover in this article, but for those of you in a hurry, here you go:
One 250watt panel will produce 1kWh for every 4 hours of direct sunlight.(more…)
A Coupious Number Of Tips And Tricks For Aiding With Collecting Solar Energy
Solar energy: Perhaps you’ve heard of it? You surely know that solar power is used to energize all types of devices and structures, both residential and commercial. It serves as a clean, environmentally friendly shift from coal power. If solar power intrigues you, this article contains useful information.
The number of solar panels you buy, as well as their efficiency, has everything to do with the amount of energy your panels produce. You will need to do a little math to calculate the number of panels you will need. Many times it is more cost efficient to purchase energy efficient panels rather than more panels. (more…)
Creating An Efficient Home Through Solar Energy
Solar energy can help optimize the energy that you produce while saving you money in the process. Solar energy is an excellent choice due to the fact that you can save a lot of money on electric bills. In addition, it does not harm the environment. Over the next few minutes, you’ll discover a variety of tips and ideas on using solar energy.
There are 2 main types of panels. If you want efficiency, mono-crystalline panels are optimal, while poly-crystalline panels are the cheaper alternative. Invest in the best system you can afford.(more…)
Solar Battleground: Is Net Metering Needed for Residential Solar to Work?
For decades, the promise of cheap clean energy has lured thousands of homeowners to residential solar power. And, why not? With Federal tax incentives making installation affordable, many systems can be had for little or no out of pocket cost. Everyone likes free, especially when the product is drastically reducing your carbon footprint and saving the planet for future generations.
Net Metering Has Been the Key to Residential Solar
To make residential solar affordable, home owners rely on something called net metering. Simply put, whatever power your panels make is put back into the community grid and you use power whenever you want. Normally, the power is bought and sold at standard residential prices, making big producers of solar power end each month with very little on their tab. It’s this system that has led to the rapid growth of residential solar in the past two decades due to incredibly low bills for those enrolled in the program.(more…)
The Tesla Solar Roof – Big Innovation or Overpriced Gadget?
It’s finally here. The big event that is supposedly going to change the face of solar power for decades. As of May 11, you can order a Tesla solar roof. And, even more importantly, you can hook your photovoltaic power up to your very own Tesla power wall. The cord has officially been cut.
In case you missed it, Tesla has been promising a radical new approach to residential solar ever since they merged with alternative energy giant SolarCity last November. Their solar roofs, Tesla promised, would be more durable than traditional panels and be aesthetically similar to traditional roofing. All while providing similar if not greater power than the current products available.
No small task. The design of solar panels has remained unchanged for decades. But Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, is in the business of breaking the mold. (more…)
Passive Solar Home Design: Letting the Sun do the Work
If you are planning on building a new home or contemplating a remodel, it might be worth your while to consider the benefits of passive solar design before you approve those final plans. Although still not as popular as many renewable energy options, passive solar design can significantly reduce your energy consumption through eco-friendly techniques.
Passive solar design relies on a building’s site, materials, and orientation to either capture or avoid thermal energy from the sun, depending on your seasonal needs. The purest designs combine several passive solar features to produce natural climate control, or at least environments requiring little heating and cooling. (more…)
U.S. Renewables Faces ITC Challenge in Late 2017
First Paris, Now This: U.S. Renewables Faces ITC Challenge in Late 2017
Sometimes life just keeps throwing curveballs, and it’s up to you to make the proper adjustments to hit a home run. That has to be how anyone with a vested interest in U.S. renewables feels after a tumultuous couple of weeks at the hands of the U.S. government.
First, President Trump made a huge statement by pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Sure, the agreement was never ratified by Congress, and none of the goals were mandatory, making the departure more symbolic than anything. And, individual entities can simply adopt the standards whenever they like, making formal American participation unnecessary. Nevertheless, public support from the world’s third largest consumer of fossil fuels was considered to be automatic in the battle for a sustainable global energy policy and the withdrawal sent shockwaves throughout energy stakeholders everywhere. (more…)
Hawaii Goes Even Greener
Clean energy is coming to the land of luaus and leis. The state of Hawaii has officially taken the Paris Climate Agreement into their own hands, becoming the first state to do so after President Trump’s withdrawal last week from the global renewable power initiative.
On Tuesday, Governor David Ige (D) signed two bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing carbon levels in the atmosphere, a bold move which pushes Hawaii into the forefront of America’s green energy movement.
Cutting Ties with Petroleum
Due to its remote location and lack of natural resources, Hawaii has become the nation’s most petroleum-dependent state. With more than 80% of its energy coming from petroleum, emissions are now a concern in this tropical paradise. This huge carbon footprint has left the islands wondering how long their beaches and reefs will last.
Although Hawaii already boasts strict environmental regulation, Senate Bill 559 will be the first to mirror the targets outlined in the Paris agreement and stresses expansion of strategies and mechanisms designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions. A Carbon Farming Task Force was created with the passage of Senate Bill 1578 to restore Hawaii’s ability to be self-sustaining through soil and resource improvement.
Both Cities and States are Following Suit
Hawaii’s bills have led several other states to make a move. More than a dozen, including California and Washington, formed the U.S. Climate Alliance, promising to take aggressive action on global warming and implementation of the Paris agreement. California, another alliance member, has committed to a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2030.
Even individual cities are embracing the cause. Chicago has recently implemented a plan mandating renewable energy only in public buildings by 2025. Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, is currently creating an alliance of more than 40 cities to petition the United Nations for acceptance into the Paris Climate Accord, without the support of the U.S. government.
Legislated Solutions are More Effective than Voluntary Programs
This type of coalition is exactly what the United Nations envisioned when the agreement on global warming was reached. Real change requires local, state, and federal entities to work in concert toward a common goal. Many feared withdrawal from the accord would lessen U.S. efforts toward reducing global warming. Instead, the opposite has happened.
The weakness of the United Nations solution has long been the inability to force regulations and targets on its member nations. But legislated plans such as the one in Hawaii come with enforcement and the possibility of fines and sanctions for those out of compliance. This approach is far more likely to achieve results than a purely voluntary initiative.
The Withdrawal Sparked a Movement
It didn’t happen the way anyone intended, but President Trump’s withdrawal may have provided the exact catalyst necessary to jump start the war on global warming. His action has brought national attention to the cause, and several states are taking advantage of the spotlight to pass strict legislation aimed at cleaning up emissions. With this groundswell of support for global warming initiatives, you can expect even more states to create their own renewable energy policies and greenhouse gas restrictions soon.
Learning to Recognize Your Life Force Energy
Life force energy is a term that gets thrown around a lot in self help circles and personal development communities. Those who are conscious of our energy understand that it is a vital component to our happiness and overall health. What’s surprising is that very few people understand this concept at even a basic level.
Life force energy can be simply defined as the frequency of energy waves being emitted from the body. We all have a frequency, and it varies by the day and by the minute. When we are happy, we emit a high frequency. When we are sad or depressed, our frequency becomes much lower. This fact has been scientifically proven by quantum physicists, but it is still dismissed as New Age nonsense by many. (more…)