How Does the Tesla Roof Compare to Standard Solar Panels?
Since Tesla announced the much anticipated solar roof shingles some years back, they redefined the world of roofing and the entire solar industry. Many homeowners are now faced with a choice of installing standard solar panels or the new tesla roof. If you are considering solar energy, you need to determine which plan gives you value for money. Both solar roofs and solar panels have their own unique features; what you choose depends on your needs, budget, and preference. For instance, if you are looking to cut off high electricity bills, you may want to consider more solar tiles on your roof.(more…)
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Solar energy has become much more accessible and affordable in recent years. At the same time, both technical efficiency and manufacturing quality of solar panels has improved, which gives home owners a higher return on investment then in previous years. As a result, many homeowners are installing solar panels as a way to reduce their carbon footprint and save money while doing it.(more…)
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…)