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10 Essential Tools for DIY Solar Installation

By Kristen Chapple, editor and content creator at EcoPeanut.com As the price of non-renewable energy continues to fluctuate, more and more homeowners are switching to renewable energy sources. And among the available renewable electricity sources, solar energy is the most abundant and affordable. Plus, the idea of cutting down the monthly electricity bill and increasing … Continued

Solar Tax Credit Extension: Approved at 26% for 2 More Years

In December 2020, the United States Congress passed a spending bill that includes an extension for a solar tax credit. Thanks to the $1.4 trillion federal spending package, property owners who begin solar installations in residential, commercial, industrial, and utility-scale market segments through 2022, will qualify to receive a solar tax credit at 26%. The … Continued

8 Costly Solar Mistakes to Avoid When You Design Your System

Today we’re going to look at the most common mistakes we see from beginners who are just starting to research and design their own solar system. Our goal with this article is to prevent common headaches and (potentially costly) problems that stem from poor system design. Since we came online in 2002, we’ve talked to … Continued

Pros and Cons of Solar Energy

We’re huge advocates for solar energy, but we recognize it isn’t the right solution for everyone. While solar is sustainable and ultimately cheaper than utility power in the long run, it also requires a significant up-front investment and doesn’t work for every property/roof type. The ultimate question is whether the advantages of solar power outweigh … Continued

What Is The Energy Output Of Your Solar Panels?

If you’re like many other homeowners, you may wonder just how much power your solar panels produce. This is a valid question. Installing solar takes time and energy and you want to reap the rewards and benefits of your hard work. You also want to be sure that you’re making the most out of your … Continued

What Does PERC in Solar Mean?

There is a lot of excitement in the solar industry about PERC technology. If you’ve heard the term, but aren’t completely sure what it means, you aren’t alone. PERC stands for Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell technology. Depending on where you look, you may also see it referenced as Passive Emitter and Rear Contact.  Although … Continued

Off-Grid Solar Pros and Cons

Trying to decide if an off-grid solar system is right for you? Whether you’re looking to live more self-sufficiently or need to power a property in a remote location, there are advantages and disadvantages to off-grid solar. Here, we’ll go over the pros and cons of off-grid solar to help you determine if it’s the … Continued

Martin & Julie Johnson – Customer Installation

Meet the Johnsons Understandably, people have different reasons for switching to solar. Some simply want to save money on their monthly power bill, while others— like Martin and Julie Johnson— wish to venture out on their own and live off-grid. Having lived in more than a dozen different houses over the past two decades, the … Continued