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Solar Leasing Companies are typically nothing more than a financial institution. They are a sales team, with no associated installation team or in-depth knowledge of their solar product. They are an investor, who wants to benefit from your interest in solar energy, by putting themselves in between you and the solar installation company. They want [...]
Will I need batteries for my solar system? How much does it cost to go completely off the grid? These questions often come up as people start thinking about going solar. So, what does it really mean to go “off-grid” with a PV system? First, let’s take a look at a traditional grid-tied system. Grid-tied [...]
What’s the Difference Between a Solar Lease and a Solar Power Purchase Agreement? For those of you who are comparing different options for going solar, your main choices are purchasing a system as an addition to your home, buying a new or upgraded home with solar already integrated as a feature, buying your electricity utility-style [...]
With new building codes in effect in Florida, I’ve been asked quite a lot about variable speed vs. variable flow pumps, especially with solar pool heating systems. The answer turns out to be a bit complex. The simple answer is that a variable speed pump will give you better trouble-free performance while still resulting in [...]
According to a recent report by Pike Research, clean diesel vehicles will likely spike in popularity in the U.S. in years to come, due to anticipated fuel economy and emissions regulations. The report predicts that sales of clean diesel vehicles will jump from 9.1 million in 2012 to 12.1 million annually by 2018. If this [...]
Long before there were any federal or state funds to help offset the initial investment of a residential solar system, installations were on the rise. Solar adoption has increased significantly since the inception of the federal solar tax incentive in 2006, which rebates 30% of the purchase price of the system. In 2007, the California [...]
Because the AC electricity from the electric grid is in the form of sine wave, the inverters we use aim to produce a current that is as close to sine wave as possible. While modified sine wave inverters present an inexpensive alternative, there is no comparison to the clean, undistorted sine wave provided by pure [...]
“Solar is sexy. Weatherstripping is not.” The statement elicited a few laughs from the crowd when the Long Island Power Authority’s director of commercial programs, John Franceschina, P.E., shared it at the sixth annual Sustainable Long Island conference, which took place June 1 at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park. The discussion was, [...]
So you’re installing a brand new solar system. Do you go with microinverters or stick with a central inverter? What’s the function of an inverter? The task of an inverter is to convert direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), which is needed for the vast majority of electrical devices. Solar energy comes in the [...]
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