DIY Solar Tips

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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Aquion AHI Batteries to Go Off Grid: The Upgrade

Last fall, I decided to walk the off-grid walk. Our altE customers have applications that run the gamut, from grid-tied, to battery backup, to off-grid. To get some hands-on experience with the kinds of products altE customers use every day,…
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Financing Your Renewable Energy System

So you’re thinking about getting a grid-tied solar system installed on your house, but aren’t sure the best way to pay for it. Of course the good old saving your money and not buying until you can pay for it…
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Solar Energy – An Interview with a Solar Queen

Recently altE Store’s resident Solar Queen, Amy Beaudet, was given the opportunity to speak with Victor Norman, a Broker/Owner at Acton Real Estate Co., LLC, on his local television program Insider Guide to Real Estate.