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There was huge news today in the US solar industry:

Congress passed legislation that extends the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar through the end of 2022. 

As part of the very welcome stimulus bill to help Americans weather the COVID-19 crisis, the federal solar tax credit will remain at 26% for residential installations in 2021 and 2022. In 2023, the tax credit will drop to 22%. This is an excellent development for the solar industry, as the federal tax credit has been one of the biggest drivers of solar growth in the United States for over a … Read More

Hospitals across the United States are being put under immense pressure as the nation continues to hit record levels of new COVID-19 cases, adding more than 1 million new cases in the first five days of December.  This is extremely concerning, and we are monitoring the situation on the daily basis, adjusting our protocols if necessary, to ensure everyone’s safety.

As a company working regularly on rooftops and with electricity, safety is a deep-rooted part of our organization. We are treating this public health risk with the same level of importance, and are following local and CDC guidelines to keep … Read More

Question: What does your solar PV system do when your home loses grid power?

A: Your solar panels work like normal, delivering electricity to your home

B: Your solar panels automatically shut down and your home loses all electricity.

If you answered B, you are correct.

When your home loses grid power, your solar system automatically shuts off and your house goes dark (unless you also have a battery). When the grid comes back online, your solar system detects the restored grid power and automatically turns on again.

This fact is the most surprising piece of information that customers learn … Read More

If you have just started your solar educational journey, you might be wondering what the difference is between kWs and kWhs. Both terms get tossed around a lot in solar PV system conversations, and it is important to know what each means.

Kilowatts (kWs)

A kilowatt (kW) is a measure of power, or capacity. A kilowatt is 1,000 watts. Your lightbulbs are rated in watts–in the old incandescent world of lightbulbs, a standard 60W bulb needs 60 watts to turn on, and it puts out a certain amount of light. If you wanted more light from a single bulb, you … Read More

Switching to solar power is a big decision for many households. Determining the economics of solar is of utmost importance in making that decision. The full-picture economics—not simply the price tag of the installation—is what we outline in this post.

Even as recently as 15 years ago, the economics of solar PV did not make sense for most homeowners, let alone municipalities or big commercial enterprises. Solar was not as efficient, it was costly, and storage of excess sun power was a big issue; all of these factors meant that solar’s payback was decades.

These days, solar panels are 25% … Read More

In the first Be a Smart Solar Buyer post, we discussed the importance of asking the right questions about equipment specifications and warranties. Now we move onto the aesthetics of a solar installation.

Aesthetics

The aesthetics of the panels on your roof will definitely set certain installers apart from others. Whether you are thinking about installing panels on the front or back of your house, you probably care about how they look. You know who else cares about how they look? Future buyers. Unless you are certain you will still be living in your house in 30 or 40 years … Read More

So, you are thinking about solar panels for your roof. You know they drastically reduce your electricity bill and they are among the most environmentally friendly technologies on the market. You are ready to start your search…

..but what if you don’t know anything about solar? How do you know where to begin? A panel is a panel, right? How will you know if you’re making the best decision for your home?

The great news is, solar is a pretty simple, safe, and straightforward technology. It’s been around a long time, there are no moving parts to maintain, and at … Read More

Net metering is a beautiful thing for homeowners with solar arrays on their property. But what is it, exactly, and why is it so beneficial for you?  We get asked these questions quite frequently.  Another question we get asked is “Do I need a battery system with solar?”

Virtually every home in Virginia is connected to the power grid. When you install a grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) system on your roof, the system hooks into your house’s main electrical panel and feeds electricity directly to your appliances, HVAC, lighting, etc. But your home remains connected to the power grid, just … Read More

Deciding to install solar panels on your property is likely to be a major financial decision. Along with the substantial long-term financial benefit of getting your power from the sun for free, there is the upfront cost of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system to consider. Customers are keen to know what solar incentives are available to them as they decide how large a PV system to install on their roof.

Federal Investment Tax Credit

The most important and impactful financial incentive for solar is the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is a dollar-for-dollar tax credit that homeowners apply … Read More

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