Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Solar manufacturers are constantly testing new technologies to make their solar panels more efficient. As a result, solar manufacturing has branched into a wide range of cell technologies. It can be confusing to try to figure out why you should pick one option over the other. Ever wondered about the difference between monocrystalline vs. polycrystalline … Continued

Pros and Cons of Solar Energy

We’re huge advocates for solar energy, but we recognize it isn’t the right solution for everyone. While solar is sustainable and ultimately cheaper than utility power in the long run, it also requires a significant up-front investment and doesn’t work for every property/roof type. The ultimate question is whether the advantages of solar power outweigh … 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

Do solar panels work during a power outage?

When folks call us up for the first time, we like to ask them why they are interested in going solar. One common answer we hear: “I need a way to keep the lights on during power outages.” These people are often surprised to learn that grid-tied solar systems do not provide power when the … Continued

How many solar panels do I need to power my home?

When people first consider the idea of going solar, one of the very first questions that comes to mind is “how many solar panels do I need to power my home?” Though the only accurate and reliable way to size a solar system is based on your personal energy usage, we understand not everyone has … Continued

What is a micro-inverter?

In solar power systems, the inverter is like the brain of the system. It takes the DC (direct current) electricity produced by solar panels and converts it into AC (alternating current), a format that can be used to power your appliances and sent into the utility grid. Traditional inverters, called string inverters, are designed to … Continued

16 Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Energy, Answered

As a solar equipment supplier that sells direct to the public, we get 200+ calls a day from people at every experience level, from seasoned solar installers to homeowners exploring the possibility of going solar for the very first time. Naturally, there are some questions we receive on a daily basis. So for the sake … Continued

Solar Panel Warranty Guide: How Long Will My System Last?

Solar panel warranties can be a bit of a headache to understand. They’re split into two categories (performance and workmanship), each with different warranty lengths and areas of coverage. If your system stops producing the way that it should, it’s not always clear whether you’re covered. Since solar is a big purchase, it’s important to … Continued

What is a kilowatt hour?

Kilowatt hours measure energy usage and production. If you’re thinking about going solar (or just want some advice on how to reduce your energy consumption), you’ve probably come across the term kilowatt-hours. But exactly what is a kilowatt hour? And why do we need to know how many we use each month? First things first: … Continued

8 Costly Solar Mistakes to Avoid When You Design Your System

Today we’re going to look at the most common mistakes we see from beginners who are just starting to research and design their own solar system. Our goal with this article is to prevent common headaches and (potentially costly) problems that stem from poor system design. Since we came online in 2002, we’ve talked to … Continued