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How Much Longer Until Solar Eliminates the Utilities?

August 14, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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If you’re thinking of packing up the kids and moving to Hawaii, you better consider this one drawback: energy is very expensive! Since Hawaii must pay to import oil to power its electric grid, customers are left paying more. Most are turning to rooftop solar as a way to alleviate the financial burden.[read more]

Research Solar Panels: Useful Solar Energy Facts for Homeowners [VIDEO]

August 2, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Solar Panel Facts

This video is to help anyone considering going solar make better decisions. Solar is a big investment so you want to make sure you get it right by having good information about location, orientation, payback, panels and inverters.[read more]

Mosaic Expands Home Solar Energy Loan Program for Homeowners and Installers

June 19, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Home Solar Loans

It wasn’t long ago that Mosaic, the first company to crowdsource investments to finance solar projects, announced their new home solar loan. Mosaic is now expanding its loan program, and providing tools for installers as well as homeowners.[read more]

A New Way for Homeowners to Go Solar

March 6, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Home Solar Innovation

RGS Energy and Mosaic announce that they have partnered to launch the Mosaic Home Solar Loan. The new loan program provides a simple and affordable means for American homeowners to finance ownership of their residential solar system.[read more]

Solar Energy: Putting Money Where Your Mouth Is

July 8, 2013 by A Siegel
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At the Georgetown University climate speech, President Obama gave a tip-of-the-hat to the fossil fuel “disinvestment” campaign by commenting “invest, divest”. Today, I took an action by investing in solar power[read more]

Solar Leases: A New Way to Finance Solar

May 19, 2010 by Chip Gaul

Earlier this month we outlined a new type of solar financing product called Solar Power Purchase Agreements (SPPAs). These programs offer homeowners an alternative to purchasing a home solar power system. With SPPAs, a company retains ownership of the solar power system and you simply buy the power the system produces for a set contract...[read more]

DIY Solar Part 4: System Costs

November 6, 2009 by WattHead Guest Contributor

We've been talking about Do It Yourself Solar and the steps involved. Today let's get down to the brass tacks: system costs. We'll approach it from two directions, component costs and complete system costs. We'll use a 2 kilowatt, grid tied, roof mounted example system where applicable.Component CostsLet me start out by saying that I do...[read more]

Solar for Dark Climates

July 13, 2009 by Big Gav

Technology Review has an article on solar power technology for the higher latitudes based on Stirling engines - Solar for Dark Climates.Cool Energy, a startup based in Boulder, CO, is developing a system that produces heat and electricity from the sun. It could help make solar energy competitive with conventional sources of energy in...[read more]

Price for solar permit takes a dive in LA

July 11, 2009 by ToddWallace

Los Angeles County, California recently lowered the cost of a permit for solar power installations. The old permit could set a homeowner back by $1100. Now, permits for solar systems that generate under 10 kilowatts of power cost $370. The lower rate will cover most small projects – industry experts say a typical home’s solar system...[read more]

Modular solar shades available to homeowners

September 2, 2008 by ToddWallace

California’s Envision Solar is introducing a modular solar shade structure with eight solar panels that produce 1.4 kilowatts of solar energy. At a price point of $15,500 for the LifeShade(TM) and $18,500 for the LifeTree(TM), these new products offer a lower cost solar power option for homeowners and businesses. Envision Solar...[read more]