solar power

Property-Assessed Financing for Clean Energy (PACE)

  PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, but they forgot the letter F for financing.    Guess PAFCE didn’t look as good, never the less. PACE financing, helps home and business owners finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for their property, and repaid it through a special assessment on their property tax, paid over […]

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Homeowner Association Rules, Solar Access Laws

People think just because they have a homeowners association within their community they can’t go with solar energy.   Most people are surprised to learn this isn’t true at all.  In fact many states have special laws in place that help homeowners within areas with “homeowner associations” to get solar, without the usual expense and headache […]

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U.S. Sets New Import Duties On Chinese Solar Products

After years of speculation the United States imposed a new import tax on solar panels produced in China. The United States slapped new import duties on solar panels and other related products from China on Tuesday after the Commerce department ruled they were produced using Chinese government subsidies, potentially inflaming trade tensions between the two […]

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What Is Net Metering?

Everyone wants to know,  If I go solar can I sell my unused power back to my utility company?    In short yes, as long as your state utility commission and local utility company have a net metering policy- which most states and large utility companies now have.    If you live in a low populated […]

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List of Solar PV System Materials.

Panels:  Photovoltaic Solar panels vary in shape, size, power output and cost.   Generally the produce 235-255 watts at peak productivity, and though the price as come down nearly 80% since 2009, newly created import taxes on Chinese panels will likely effect pricing throughout the solar panel manufacturing industry. Mounting equipment:  Mounting brackets that attach […]

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The Basic Components of a Home Solar Power System

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are simple compared to new high-efficiency heating systems.    You have panels, that collect the sunlight/ photons.  The collected DC power runs into an inverter, which converts the power from DC power- to- AC power.   You have a meter than can spin backwards for “net-metering” purposes.  For safety there are a few […]

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Residential Solar Beats Commercial Solar For First Time

The first quarter reports are in and 2014 is off to a a torrid start in the solar industry with new ground being broken every day in the residential markets. This time, it’s new residential installs exceeding new commercial installs for the first time in history. The first quarter of 2014 was another big one […]

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