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Are Tariffs REALLY a Threat to the Solar Industry?

Posted on September 24, 2019


Recent economic policy changes potentially have an impact on the entire U.S. economy in general and on the solar industry in particular. The 15 percent U.S. taxes that went into effect on September 1, 2019,  apply to about $112 billion of Chinese imports. All told, more than two-thirds of the consumer goods the United States imports from China now face higher taxes.

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What Does it Take to Build a Solar Energy System?

Posted on September 19, 2019

If you’re reading this blog, you probably already have an interest in solar energy and its applications for home and commercial power generation. But you may not know about what’s required for solar energy to make the journey from fabrication to distribution to installation. Here’s a quick look at the process needed to bring solar power to your doorstep.

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Solar Supply Chain—An Economic Engine

Posted on September 17, 2019

Of course it’s an affordable, clean source of renewable energy. But what you might not know is that solar power is also an economic jobs engine—in fact, it’s the top energy job producer in the United States. According to the 2018 National Solar Jobs Census, America now has more than 242,000 solar workers. The job census reports that solar energy adds jobs 17 times faster than the overall economy.

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Infographic: From Silica to Solar Power

Posted on September 11, 2019

Your solar panels are much more than a local  investment. Of course it’s an affordable, clean source of renewable energy. But what you might not know is that solar power is also an economic jobs engine—in fact, it’s the top energy job producer in the United States.

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Am I Able to Power My Entire House with Solar? (Video)

Posted on September 09, 2019

Whether or not you can power your entire house with solar depends on a few factors: the size of your solar installation (the bigger it is, the more it can power), the amount of sunlight it is exposed to, and the amount of energy your household uses.

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10 Questions to Ask a Solar Panel Installer

Posted on August 27, 2019

If you’re interested in home solar installation, you’ll want to first have an audit of your property. You’ll be asked for details about your roof, your garage roof and other available space. You’ll discuss your current energy usage, the age of your shingles and the availability of any incentives, if applicable.

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Infographic: Home vs. Community Solar: Which Option is Right for You?

Posted on August 20, 2019

The popularity of solar energy has seen an incredibly steep incline within the past few years.  Innovations in technology, falling hardware prices, and a cultural shift towards a sustainable lifestyle has opened up options for many consumers across the country.

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Money on the Rooftop: How Solar Can Help You Save Money

Posted on August 15, 2019

A home solar installation can help you build equity and gain independence from utilities. That’s because you’ll own the solar panels that are installed in your home, either through direct purchase or financing. The value of those panels will be included in all future assessments of your property.

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3 Important Questions to Ask a Community Solar Garden Before You Subscribe

Posted on August 13, 2019

If you pay an electric bill, you might be able to join a community solar garden (CSG). They are a popular way to “rent” available solar energy each month. You become a subscriber to the garden by signing a contract for a specified amount of time. Then credit shows up on your monthly electric bill.

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4 Easy Steps to Get Started with Solar Power

Posted on August 06, 2019

If you’re considering switching energy use to solar power, there are a few great options available. You can select a home solar system, in which solar panels are installed on the roof of your home or ground-mount them somewhere on your property. Or you may be able to choose to subscribe to a community solar garden, which is a collection of solar arrays located in a sunny area in your county or a neighboring county that allows contract-holders to receive utility bill credit for energy generated.

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