The Advantages of Different Types of Premium Solar Panels

The Advantages of Different Types of Premium Solar Panels

Premium solar panels are the go-to solar panels for installations when you want to eliminate the likelihood of faults in your solar systems. They’re a more advanced type of solar panels in terms of getting the most out of renewable energy from the Sun.…

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Will A Solar Warranty Transfer From A Panel Brand That Went Bankrupt?

Will A Solar Warranty Transfer From A Panel Brand That Went Bankrupt?

A situation that a YellowLite client faced was that of installing a brand of panel from the German solar manufacturer Mage. Mage was a growing brand until their parent company found themselves in financial difficulties and went under. Now the client is selling his house and wants to know if the warranty from Mage is still valid and if not, what his options are.…

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How Many Solar Panels Can Fit In The Average Installation?

How Many Solar Panels Can Fit In The Average Installation?

The average residential solar installation is just over 7 kW. This would reduce the average American household's electricity bill by around $100 for an 80% offset. The average installation would therefore be around 24 panels. How do we estimate this? How big is the average panel? Will 24 panels fit on the average roof in America? Let's take a closer look.…

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When Is A Ground Mount Preferable To A Rooftop Solar Power System?

When Is A Ground Mount Preferable To A Rooftop Solar Power System?

Sometimes rooftop solar power systems are not ideal for the residential homeowner. Some roofs are too small or have too many hindrances such as chimneys, vents, or skylights. Sometimes a roof is beset by too many trees and shading makes solar untenable, there simply is not enough light available to hit the panels to generate enough electricity to make it worthwhile. Then there are some roofs which have orientations other than south-facing where you would lose some efficiency. And finally, there are some roofs which have to be fixed or fortified adding to the cost.…

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What Are Our Most Popularly Installed Solar Panel Brands?

What Are Our Most Popularly Installed Solar Panel Brands?

The three main panel brands we sell the most include Canadian Solar, SolarWorld, and SunPower. In fact, these three make up the vast majority of our installations. They move up in price and efficiency from Canadian Solar, which is our standard panel, to SolarWorld which is slightly more efficient and is considered a mid-tier model, all the way to SunPower, which is the Rolls Royce of solar panels.…

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How Long Can You Expect Your Solar Panels To Last?

How Long Can You Expect Your Solar Panels To Last?

So how long do solar panels actually last? We can tell you that there are some companies that have a 25-year warranty for manufacturer defects. But after that? Will panels last for 30 years? 40 years? Longer? At this point, the answer is that nobody can really tell you that with good accuracy.…

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Solar Financing: Options and Outcomes

Solar Financing: Options and Outcomes

By Mattie DeDoes

Since its inception, the field of solar energy generation has always been full of promise and potential. However, in decades past, household solar panels have often not been a financially viable option for lower and middle class homeowners. While funding assistance - through various public and private sources - has been around for some time, the high cost associated with solar systems has made them more of a luxury product than a cost-saving measure. Well, good news is on the horizon. With the breadth of financing options that have become available, you no longer have to be “Oprah rich” to take advantage of the wealth of benefits that solar power has to offer. Recent long-term plans allow easier access to solar power for customers in a variety of financial situations.

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A 2015 Look at Residential Energy Storage

A 2015 Look at Residential Energy Storage

Energy storage systems are a hot topic lately. After the excitement caused by the Tesla announcements about commercial storage systems and especially their home storage product, Powerwall, everyone took notice of the potential for local energy storage. Often when the buzz eases off, the reality surfaces. Here we summarize our view of the state of the energy storage industry, especially as it impacts the homeowner.…

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Why You Should Repair Your Roof Before Switching to Solar

Why You Should Repair Your Roof Before Switching to Solar

When you decide to switch your energy source to solar, even partially, it’s a huge step. It can mean a complete change in your home’s level of energy consumption, and is seen by many as a way to start to move ‘off the grid.’ However, before you can make the plunge into solar, you should consider where the panels are going to rest—your roof. While many homeowners wouldn’t mind going solar, there are a few key factors to consider to ensure that you have the best experience possible.…

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