Solar Articles

  • Solar Finance 101
Simple Payback   Among the most commonly discussed and simplest financial indicators is the payback period. Payback period is nearly always included in project proposals as it is an easy metric for...
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12/12/2017
  • Proper preparation prevents poor performance with Solar Installation
Solar integrators use all sorts of tools to complete the tasks that keep their businesses moving forward. These include the obvious hand and power tools to install the solar equipment and the less...
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9/1/2016
  • Solar Financing For Homeowners
Lenders of solar loans include traditional community banks as well as specialty lending platforms.  Unlike a third-party ownership (TPO) model, a homeowner that purchases their solar system outright...
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2/11/2016
  • Residential market share
The majority of residential solar installations in the US fall into two buckets, direct and third-party ownership.  A PV system is considered direct ownership if the homeowner owns the equipment...
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1/18/2016
  • Getting the most out of your solar array
  The following is a general breakdown of the ideal tilts to meet the energy demand you are hoping to get out of an array: Year-round loads: Tilt angle equals latitude Winter loads: Tilt angle equals...
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12/14/2015
  • Solar puzzle By jugbo on Flickr
In 2008, Berkeley, California successfully tested what would eventually become the PACE program. By 2010, more than 18 states instituted similar programs. There were minor differences, but most...
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10/26/2011
  • Federal Incentive Tax Credits (ITC) for Solar in the US
Solar energy is considered the biggest winner of the United States Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which provides a tax credit of 30% for solar PV installations until 2016. Tax Credits...
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9/30/2011
  • Sun Energy Output Solmetric Insolation Tool: Honolulu
Azimuth is the array’s east-west orientation in degrees. In most of the solar PV energy calculator tools, an azimuth value of zero is facing the equator in both northern and southern hemispheres....
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11/24/2010