In order for residential solar power installs to continue to climb, Utilities will need to plan for increased ability to take the surplus generation into the grid. In this new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory(Berkeley Lab) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL) 30 studies from across the US are analyzed. Predictions for rooftop generation…

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A genuine community effort with Habitat for Humanity helping to bring the benefits of solar to low-income communities in the Mt. Burdell Place project. Normally solar would be out of reach for these residents due to installed cost barriers or qualifications of some assistance programs. More than 100 volunteers stepped in to make this happen…

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Image from solarideahouse.com Discussion of net metering is back in the headlines. If you don’t know what net metering is, think of it as your utility company paying you for any excess electricity you generate with your home solar power system. Since few residential solar panel systems today have battery storage as a part of…

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Facebook has stepped up in the local community to bring solar panel installation within reach of those in low-income neighborhoods. Menlo Spark, Facebook, and GRID Alternatives Bay Area have completed solar power installations for 10 low-income homeowners in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood. Additional funding from Facebook will bring clean, renewable energy to 15 more homes in this community. With the tenth…

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The next step to mass adoption of solar for residential applications will require a more seamless integration into construction. Not everyone is willing to glob a traditional solar array onto their roof. With some cities adopting regulations requiring solar panel integration for new construction, aesthetics should not be ignored in pursuit of functionality or efficiency….

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The quality of your solar installation will have a great impact on the value you get from your investment. Considering the fact that this is a long-term investment, it’s important to ensure you do everything right at the onset to avoid unnecessary problems and unplanned costs in the future. Any homeowner would want to find…

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With the current economy being unpredictable, many people are looking for different ways on how they can earn more and save money by minimizing their costs. While their budget for food, transportation, and even shopping allowance can be adjusted to fit the ever-changing needs, every single time that the economy fluctuates and when the absolute…

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