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Create a Solar Home On a Budget

Everyone can benefit from turning their home into a solar home. Even people in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, places known for a lack of sunshine, can benefit from solar panels. It just takes one hour of midday summer sun to equal the amount of one year’s electricity demand in the U.S. Solar panels can be expensive so what can you do if you can’t afford to purchase solar panels? Here are a few options to help you in your quest for creating a solar home. Community Solar Community solar is also known as “shared solar”, “roofless solar”, or “solar

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New High Efficiency Solar Panel

LG recently revealed their newest high efficiency solar panel, the NeON R. With an increase in performance and a more seamless design, it could be the answer to your energy efficiency challenges. Improved Design Will Improve Performance The NeOn R has the highest wind and snow load ratings so far in the industry. Front load ratings are up to 6000 Pa and up to 5400 Pa for the rear load. Pa is the unit of measurement for pressure. If you convert that to layman terms, that equals to about 125 pounds per square foot for a front load and a wind

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Flood Safety for Your Solar Panels

Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc on many homes and businesses. With so much wind, rain, and flooding, how do you ensure flood safety for your solar panels? Extreme Weather Some damage just can’t be prevented in extreme weather. If your roof is torn off by the wind or floods, there isn’t much you can do besides having insurance to cover the loss. However, you can make sure your insurance actually covers the costs to replace your solar panel system as well as your roof. Taking pictures and documenting your equipment can expedite the process. Keep Your Panels Attached In less

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Will the Solar Eclipse Impact Your Solar Panels?

There is a total solar eclipse expected in the U.S. on August 21, 2017. It’s a pretty cool sight to behold. There are even eclipse chasers that travel around the world just to witness these heavenly wonders. However, your solar panels are only as good as the amount of sun shining. So how will this awesome event affect your home’s solar power?  Total Solar Eclipse According to NASA, an eclipse is when one heavenly body moves into the shadow of another heavenly body. When the moon moves between the sun and earth during orbit, it blocks the sun from reaching

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Things to Consider Before Getting Home Solar Panels

  Solar energy is a becoming more and more popular as the renewable energy of choice.  Solar panels are beneficial in saving us money and helping to take care of our planet. But every person’s situation is different. So how do you know if home solar panels are a good choice for you? Here are a few things to take into consideration when deciding whether to go solar. Home Energy Efficiency The first thing to consider before buying solar panels is whether or not your home is as energy efficient as it can be. Installing solar panels alone will not

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This is How to Make Money Selling Solar Power

Many families and businesses choose to take advantage of solar panels because they can save money on their electric bill. This is especially true in sunny states like Texas, California, and Arizona. But can you actually turn a profit with a solar power installation? Selling solar power back to the grid is not only a very real possibility but a practice employed throughout the country. Both homeowners and businesses can take advantage of this concept. Renewable Energy Credits A solar panel system can range in size from a small domestic rooftop installation to systems that cover thousands of square feet.

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Comparing the Best Solar Panels

There are a number of variables that come into play when building your home solar system. One of those variables is the different types of solar panels that you can use. So, how do you know which are the best solar panels for your home? Let’s compare a few of the most common ones to find out. Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cells Silicon is used in over 90% of today’s solar panels. It can take many forms, but its defining characteristic is its purity. Purity refers to the molecular alignment of the silicon. It affects the efficiency with which solar energy

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The Renewable Energy Boom

  Reducing carbon emissions in developing countries has been an ongoing concern for many people. Using renewable energy sources can help to reduce greenhouse gases and create a more environmentally healthy world. Environmental Impact The U.S. currently relies heavily on nonrenewable energy sources, such as coal and natural gas. These sources are finite resources that took millions of years to form. Although they are still being created today, we are using them faster than nature can replenish them. Energy produced from these fossil fuels can create air pollution and cause damage to land, water, and other resources. When fossil fuel

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Is DIY Solar Panel Installation Viable?

When looking to save money on home improvement projects, DIY is always an option to be considered. Homeowners can tackle these projects either partially or completely on their own. This begs the question, is DIY solar panel installation a viable way to save money? Installing a solar panel system can be very beneficial from a financial point of view. It can cut down on your energy expenses and raise the value of your home. However, it can still be a big investment upfront even if you take advantage of the many tax credits and rebates. Generally, professionally installed solar panels

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How Does a Solar Cell Work?

In 1839, a French physicist named Edmund Bequerel first noticed that some materialsproduce small amounts of electrical current when exposed to light. In 1905, Albert Einstein described the photovoltaic effect which is what modern solar technology is based on. The first photovoltaic panel was built in 1954 by Bell Laboratories. It was called a solar battery and was mostly a curiosity project because it was so expensive and unrealistic for widespread use. In the ‘60s, the space industry started seriously using photovoltaics to provide power to spacecrafts. During the energy crisis in the ‘70s, photovoltaics gained recognition as a possible

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