Are Solar Panels Worth It in 2020?

The solar industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years. In 2009, less than 20GW of solar capacity was installed worldwide. In 2020, that number has skyrocketed above 480GW—a rate of 24x growth in just over a decade.  That growth has been made possible by rapid technological advancements. In the same timeframe, the cost of a fully … Continued

Net Metering Guide: How the Utility Credits You For Solar Power

When you go solar, you need a way to store the energy generated by your panels. The easiest method is to hook into the utility grid to store energy and save it for later use. But to do that, you’ll need to agree to terms with the utility company that outline how you are credited … Continued

SRECs: A Simple Guide to Solar Renewable Energy Certificates

What is an SREC? An SREC is a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate. In states that participate in the program, anyone who installs solar begins to generate SRECs for the solar energy they generate, which they can sell through a local marketplace. One SREC is equivalent to 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy generated. To give you … Continued

How Hiring a Local Solar Contractor Can Save You Money on Your Solar Project

There’s no doubt that going solar is less expensive than buying power from the utility over the long run. But the upfront costs for solar equipment and labor is a hurdle that gives many Americans pause as they consider whether to make the switch to solar.  National turnkey solar installers bid the cost of installation … Continued

Solar in the Shadow of the Frozen Tundra [Guest Post]

Living in a region famous for the “Frozen Tundra” of Lambeau Field, does it make sense to buy a photovoltaic solar system?  Solar PV has been in the news since the 1980s, forever promising lower cost.  We know now that they make sense in sunny California, but what about here in northeast Wisconsin? We live … Continued

Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value?

One of the strongest arguments for solar energy is that it’s an investment that pays for itself. Any upfront costs are paid back in the reduction (or elimination) of energy bills, and solar customers can reasonably expect to see a return of at least 2-3 times their initial investment over the life of the system. … Continued