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How Net Metering Can Help You Save on Your Energy Bill

Posted on December 30, 2020

Making the switch to solar has always been a great opportunity for those looking for a reliable source of renewable energy and ways to save on their energy bill.

While using the energy you create from your solar photovoltaic (PV) system can help decrease the amount of energy you pull from the grid, net metering can also help increase your savings by receiving a credit for the excess energy you produce from your utility company.

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Solar and Your Utility Bill

Posted on December 22, 2020

Now that your solar panels are producing clean, renewable energy, there are a few items on your monthly utility bill that you may want to pay attention to depending on what state and local programs apply to your solar installation.

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Your Guide to Understanding Utility Pricing

Posted on December 15, 2020

As a consumer, making informed decisions on how to minimize your energy costs is important to you, and understanding how you’re charged by your utility is a crucial step in getting the most out of your dollar.

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Paying for Solar: How Uncle Sam, States, and Cities Can Help

Posted on February 28, 2020

Solar is a major financial investment—but there are ways to pare down costs. One major strategy is to check out what the public sector has to offer.

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Off-Grid? Grid-Tied? How to Decide

Posted on February 18, 2020

While many potential solar-energy users have dreams of being “off the grid,” the fact is that the majority of solar setups are actually partnerships between the sun and your electrical utility.

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Profile of a Pro-Solar Politician: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

Posted on January 03, 2020

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), a pro-solar group that, unlike most such organizations, is made up of political conservatives, honored Baker, the popular Republican governor of a deep-blue state, as one of its 2019 Clean Energy Champions: Republican politicians who take environmental challenges seriously and consider clean energy to be in the national interest.

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The Energy Districts of Iowa: A Grassroots Solar-Policy Success Story

Posted on December 23, 2019

In 2009, Andy Johnson, Craig Mosher, and some friends began getting together at environmentally-conscious Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, to talk about sustainability. “The general concern was climate change,” Mosher told Karen Uhlenhuth of Energy News Network, “but the specific concern was energy, and what we could do to reduce energy use and to shift to renewables.”

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Profile of a Solar Activist: Adam Browning

Posted on December 20, 2019

It’s not like Adam Browning was unaware of environmental and energy issues in 2001, when he had his awakening about the potential of solar energy. After graduating from college, he’d worked in the Peace Corps, then joined the Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked on enforcing pollution regulations in San Francisco—essentially trying to monitor and regulate how much smoke was coming out of smokestacks.

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How to Become a Solar Advocate

Posted on December 17, 2019

You’re pro-solar. Maybe you have an array on the roof of your home, and you’ve been seeing the benefits of this great source of renewable energy.

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eBook: Home vs. Community Solar

Posted on July 31, 2019

Home solar typically refers to privately owned and stationed solar panels on your rooftop or hosted on your property. Community solar gardens (CSGs) are a way to “rent” available solar as a member of a community.

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