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Is Solar A Good Idea?

Nothing is certain but death and taxes. But most of us are confident that the sun will keep shining. In light of that (pun intended!), we thought we’d take a look at some of the reasons solar projects are relatively safe investments — whether you’re looking to put solar on your home or invest in a solar project elsewhere. 1. The sun will keep shining Let’s face it: if the sun stops shining, we’ll have bigger problems than the safety of our investments. But all signs point to the ...

Mosaic Launches New Home Solar Loan

 Wondering if you can afford solar? Curious if there’s a way to get more independence and financial benefits than what the leasing companies currently offer?There’s a simple answer to these questions: no money down solar loans.This month, Mosaic launched a new way to put solar on your home this summer for no money down. They will give you a no money down loan to finance the cost of the system, with the monthly loan payments less than the typical Californian’s current electricity bill.T...

How To Invest In Good: Energy Efficiency

Since President Obama declared in his State of the Union address, “Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years” there has been an increased focus on energy efficiency as a source of growth, both in terms of jobs and economic returns.  Returns on investment (ROI) for energy efficiency retrofits can be as high as 156% and there are plenty of innovative financing methods to take advantage of these potential savings. With low-risk returns such ...

How to Know if Solar is Right for Your Home?

Because I’m in the solar industry, friends and neighbors often ask me whether they should go solar. I usually tell them to go ahead and get a free home solar quote because doing so is so easy and will give them a wealth of information. In the meantime, I suggest they consider four basic questions: 1. Are you paying too much for electricity? Most utilities force heavy electricity consumers to pay at a higher rate than “baseline” consumers. Home solar arrays are typically sized to ...

How to get your solar rebate?

When it comes to your home, there are a few factors that determine the value of your investment. The first three (which we have all heard from every gushing realtor) are location, location, and finally, location. What the realtors fail to tell you, however, is that the fourth and perhaps most important ingredient is timing; and when it comes to your house and switching to solar energy, the time is now. Since the 1990’s the Department of Energy (DOE) has been granting government solar ...

All About Solar Inverters: Central Inverter vs. Microinverter

Solar power in recent years has become completely modular and that is great news for potential system owners. In the olden days, it was necessary to buy not only solar modules but batteries as well. This dramatically increased the cost of your basic system. In 1991 SMA Solar Technology (the world’s largest solar equipment company) produced the first solar “grid-tied inverter.” Solar inverters remain key to all solar projects. The grid-tied inverter is the piece of equipment ...