Get paid to manage your consumption with solar…

One of the most common misconceptions, when powered by the Sun, is that you no longer need to be concerned about consumption. Now all the power is free! Nothing could be further from the truth. The most efficient use of electricity, whether you own solar or not, considers the time-of-use cost of that electricity. Utilities […]

Paying for solar with credit: Is it worth it?

Charge it! Could be a wise interim solution or the worst long-term financing strategy ever. Most solar contractors will allow a property owner paying cash for a solar electric system to use a credit card. Most often, this would be for the initial deposit. With others, every installment may be paid with a credit card. […]

Solar panels: The good, the bad, and the ugly…

The look of solar panels on a roof can be a concern. When Henry Ford introduced the automobile, the horse-and-buggy crowd hated cars, seeing them as ugly, uncomfortable, noisy, smelly and dangerous. But guess what? People bought cars because of the vast improvement and convenience that automobiles brought to their lives. And over time, vehicles […]

Solar: Attachment for life…

Attachment, especially for life, can prove to be difficult to achieve in many situations. In the case of solar electric systems, it is literally the mainstay of lasting performance. Very important that we get this part right! Solar panels are attached to a roof using a racking system. The racking system design will differ depending […]

Energy monitoring: Measure and save…

As “you can’t manage what you don’t measure”, energy monitoring devices have a range of capabilities. The principle is that the electricity consumption in your home can either be measured on a continuous basis, or exception basis, if it is outside an expected range. This data can be transmitted using wi-fi, Bluetooth, ethernet or cell […]

The rise and fall: Utility versus Solar prices…

It is a proven fact: Across the US, utility costs have risen 60% over the last 20 years, and solar costs have decreased 60% over the last 10 years. And here is why. The demand for electricity has grown steadily over the years and utility companies needed to spend significant money on new and existing […]

Sizing up a solar panel…

From the ground, it can be a bit difficult to judge the size of a solar panel up on a rooftop. Or to tell if all solar panels are the same size. Technology, design and suitability have all played a role in determining the size of solar panels. The two main types are residential and […]

Yes, Lightning can power your home…

It’s a compelling idea. Use lightning to power your home in the event of a multi-day grid failure. Now even though Ben Franklin’s lightning could get the job done, availability and safety are definitely two things we should be concerned about. Enter the other Lightning. The Ford Motor Company’s new F-150 electric pickup truck to […]

Solar vs Utility: What are the costs?

Utility power is more expensive than solar due to the added cost of fuel, transmission, labor, billing, customer service, continuous investment, maintenance, losses, taxes and profit. The assumption that economy of scale of a utility would result in lower costs for electricity does not hold true. Most of the power generated by public utility companies […]

Solar: If it feels good…do it!

As with all investment decisions, the property owner would be motivated to do so because it felt like the right thing to do. Contributing to this motivation would be a thorough understanding of the opportunity. All questions honestly and accurately answered. And the investment has to make sense, both in an economic sense and through […]