Solar 101

A primer on solar energy and the US solar industry trends.

While the Southwest region of the United States has some of the best solar resources in the world, almost all areas of the continental United States and Southern Canada have solar resources suitable for solar energy systems. For example, while frequently...
Today, solar energy provides less than one percent of the world's energy, but that share could grow considerably with the right public policies and continued price reductions.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), emissions-free solar technologies could provide one quarte
The most commonly utilized solar technologies use inert materials found at every building site including silicon (glass), aluminum (frame) and copper (wiring).
Solar energy is broadly defined as the total energy that the sun radiates through visible light and other unseen electromagnetic waves. Solar energy systems refer to any technology that converts the sun’s energy into another form of energy, such as heat...
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...

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