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Why Use Rooftop Solar Panels to Power Your Electric Vehicle?

Solar cells stand to place an increasingly prominent role in augmenting the practicality of electric cars.  In theory, the idea of using solar panels to charge electric cars seems a perfect combination. The sun is the planet’s greatest source...

Posted June 28, 2012    

Is Solar Leasing More Expensive Than Necessary?

Before solar leasing came along, installing PV on a residential rooftop was expensive. The approach to achieving the allusive breaking point of “grid parity”, or when solar PV is the same cost or cheaper than fossil fuel generation, was to chip away...

Posted March 20, 2012    

Will SREC Prices Affect Solar Leasing?

 Several forums, including this one, covering residential solar developments have commented on the volatility of SREC markets in some states. But few have yet to note the potentially tremendous impact on solar leasing, and residential solar...

Posted March 2, 2012    

PACE Solar Financing Shows Signs of Life

 Communities and homeowners have more reason to be optimistic about solar financing. In the summer of 2010, the Federal Housing Financial Authority (FHFA), which is the regulatory arm of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, unilaterally...

Posted January 31, 2012    

NY, Cuomo Pushing Hard for New Solar Incentives

 The Empire State continues to step up as an emerging national leader in supporting residential solar, as Governor Cuomo's recent budget plan includes new provisions that will open more opportunities for homeowners to install panels on their...

Posted January 23, 2012    

SREC Costs to Pennsylvania Homeowners Misleading

 The media and airwaves have been full of discussion over the Pennsylvania SREC market, as the state legislature considers amending the current RPS law that created the market a few years ago. Perhaps no single group has a stronger interest in...

Posted January 18, 2012    

Residential Solar Costs Decline, Installations Rise, Report Confirms

 As we near the end of a tumultuous year for solar PV, the latest report from GTM/SEIA indicates there is more momentum that ever for residential solar. A number of factors - the growth in solar leases, the glut in global panel production, and...

Posted December 17, 2011    

Trade Dispute Poses Dangers for Residential Solar?

 You may have heard or read about the trade dispute brought before the US Department of Commerce between Solar World and Chinese panel manufacturers. The investigation aims to discover whether Chinese panel makers illegally "dumped" solar...

Posted November 27, 2011    

An Interview with Brad Bowery from SRECTrade

We spoke with Brad Bowery from SRECTrade about the SREC market and how SRECTrade is making it easier for homeowners to understand and monetize SRECs. Transcript RS101:  Hi, This is David Belden with Residential Solar 101 here with...

Posted October 1, 2010    

How do solar leasing companies make money?

How can companies like SunRun, Sungevity, and SolarCity provide a zero down or $1000 down solar lease while charging less per month than a utility company? Here’s a high level overview of how solar leasing companies make money. The first step is...

Posted September 14, 2010    

Solar Energy Monitoring Systems - The Next Big Thing in Solar

If micro-inverters are the current craze in the solar industry, then solar energy monitoring systems will be the next big thing.    Micro-inverters (and other parallel technology) were given lots of attention because they can increase...

Posted September 2, 2010    

Solar Power and the Smart Grid

Perhaps as you’ve done your research into going solar, you’ve heard mention of the so-called “Smart Grid” and the challenges and opportunities it presents. Such a broad term can be confusing, however (and perhaps even bring to mind visions of a...

Posted August 6, 2010