Solar Facts & Figures

US Solar Industry, Politics and the US Senate

Solar for Oil – the Solar ITC Passes

Solar Future Stabilized with Approval Solar ITC You’ve probably already heard that the 30% solar ITC (Investment Tax Credit) was extended with the passing of the 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill, as well as not blocking the $500M that the US…
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No this is not a solar panels sucking the sun's energy... 
(photo courtesy of NASA)

Black Holes, Solar, Trees and North Carolina

The internet has been all abuzz over the article this week speaking of a North Carolina town who rejected a proposed solar farm, and implemented a moratorium on solar farms. The residents, including a retired science teacher, were afraid that the…
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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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How do Solar Panels Work?

How do Solar Panels Work?

Photovoltaic Effect of Solar Panels Solar panels generate DC electricity when exposed to sunlight via the Photovoltaic Effect, first observed by a French physicist in 1839. A simple explanation is that the photons from sunlight are absorbed by a semiconductor…
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First Steps For Planning An Off The Grid Solar Power System

First Steps for planning an Off The Grid Solar Power System

There are several reasons why people consider installing an off grid solar system. Most often, it is because it is in a remote location that would either costs tens of thousands of dollars to install the grid, or connecting to…
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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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