DIY Solar Tips

Top 5 Solar Myths Debunked

1. It takes more energy to make solar panels than it saves. Solar panels only work for a short time and wear out and have to be replaced. The Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of the processes…
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Roof Top Solar Power Installs in New York

Solar Power In New York Just Got More Affordable

I invite you to play along with one of my favorite online games, “Find the Solar Roofs.” All you need to play is Google Earth and a keen eye. Now thanks to new incentive programs in New York, that game…
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DIY emergency preparedness solar power system

A Small, Inexpensive DIY Solar Powered Emergency Backup System

Winter is Coming, Solar to the Rescue. You know what winter means for those of us in non-tropical locations. Power lines downed by snow and ice can wreak havoc on the power grid, knocking out power for days or even…
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Is Solar Affordable in Michigan? Federal and State Incentives say YES!

Is Solar Affordable in Michigan? Federal and State Incentives say YES!

When looking at the cost of a solar power system, it can often look like a very scary amount – the national average for installed solar can be anywhere from $3-5 per watt of solar panels installed. So a 6,000…
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What is an inverter/charger?

What is an Inverter/Charger?

What is it inverting and what is it charging? We get a lot of calls for power inverters, inverter/chargers, and hybrid inverters, so we thought we’d quickly go over a few of the terms.

Micro Inverters, Optimizers, and String Inverters, Oh My!

The technology for grid-tied solar systems has changed rapidly since its start around the turn of the century. With many choices now available, it can be a bit confusing to decide which is right for you.

First Steps to Go Solar: Find out if Solar is right for you

If you are thinking about going solar, but aren’t sure if it makes sense for you, here are a few questions to help you determine if solar is right for you.

Solar Tracking Tips: To Track Or Not To Track?

The idea of installing a solar power system that automatically tracks the sun throughout the day, increasing its output by as much as 30% seems like such a great idea, but is it worth the extra expense and maintenance issues?…
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What Are The Best Solar Panels?

  We often get the question from customers, “What are the best solar panels for my home?” It depends on what you mean by best. In our experience at altE, for some customers “best” means highest efficiency per square foot,…
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Peak Shaving with Power Shifting and Load Shedding: An Overview

No, they are not new product lines from Gillette® and Weight Watchers®. Peak Shaving and Load Shedding are power management strategies that can help optimize your grid tied solar system. Elon Musk recently talked about peak shaving in his PowerWall…
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