Residential Solar

Information about small household installations typically mounted on a rooftop that are less than 10 kilowatts in capacity and connected to the local distribution grid.

A well-installed solar system should require very little maintenance over its expected 25 plus year lifetime.
A January 2015 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homebuyers would be willing to pay an extra $15,000 for a home with an average sized solar array, as
Passive solar heating, also known as passive solar design, takes advantage of a building’s architectural design to store and distribute solar energy in the form of heat. These buildings distribute heat throughout the structure in the winter months but...
Like other household appliances, solar systems are rated and certified for electrical safety. Solar panel certification labs across the nation certify electrical safety and performance of new solar panel technologies before they can be sold in the market...
There are a number of energy assistance programs already in place at the federal, state, and local levels designed to help low-income households afford their energy bills.
The 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for residential and commercial solar systems will expire on December 31, 2016, after which the ITC credit drops to 10% for commercial systems and is eliminated for residential systems. The federal tax policy is...
Two federal tax policies, the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the 5-year Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), have underpinned the solar industry’s remarkable growth over the past few years.   Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
The three most recent major tax reform proposals offered in Congress could increase solar system installation prices by as much as 58 percent as compared to the current tax regime.
Historically, home appraisers have been reluctant to include solar system values in their home assessments. As solar systems have become more popular, however, there is some evidence that appraisers and buyers have adapted to the changing market and...
Bottom Line: leasing is better if it's allowed in the your state and you do not have money to pay the upfront cost of the solar panels. Ownership is better if you want to realize greater returns on your solar system over its lifetime and don't need...
If you have solar panels on your home or business, you can still get as much additional electricity as you need from your local distribution grid. Utilities are required by law to meet customer energy demands at any time.
Many homeowners who want to invest in solar energy believe that putting solar on the roof is not a practical option because their roof may be improperly oriented, shaded by trees, or have limited space.
Net energy metering (NEM) is a policy adopted in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia that allows electricity consumers to sell excess electricity generated from their solar panels (or other source) back onto the grid. A standard two-way...