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Interested in Solar Panels? Here Is Some Advice.

Thanks to technological and manufacturing advances, costs for solar panels have tumbled in the last decade, making solar energy more popular for homeowners. But figuring out how to add a solar energy system to your roof can be daunting...totally worth it in the end though!

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Utilities Push Back Against Growth of Rooftop Solar Panels

One of the biggest thrills this homeowner experienced after she installed solar panels was watching the power meter run backward as her utility credited her for excess power she sold back to the grid. However, the utility companies buy roof-generated solar power at a small fraction of the retail rate they charge to deliver that power back to customers’ homes.

8 Things You Should Know Before Buying a House With Solar Panels

In 2021, solar energy accounted for 46% of all new electricity-generating capacity added in the US. Additionally, residential solar installations set an annual record of 30% year-over-year growth. Currently, solar power only accounts for 3.9% of total US electricity generation, but that number is rapidly growing.

How to Pick a Solar Panel and Battery Backup System

Everyone’s looking for a way to keep the lights on when the power goes out. With increasingly intense weather knocking the power grid offline for days at a time in some regions, traditional fossil-fuel–based backup systems seem increasingly unreliable. That’s why residential solar power combined with battery storage is rapidly becoming a mainstream disaster-preparedness choice.

Is It Time for Residential Solar to Shine?

YES! If homeowners started to make their own electricity, it is very likely they wouldn't stop there – and fossil fuels would become obsolete much quicker.

Tax Credits Make it a Good Time to Install Solar Panels at Home

Interest in residential solar energy in the Delaware Valley continues to grow, spurred on by a generous federal tax credit, state and utility rebates in Delaware and New Jersey, more efficient panels and systems, and eco-conscious homeowners.

Does My Home Work for Solar?

Solar panels can be a wonderful addition to a home: You're saving money on your electricity bill by generating your own energy, you're helping the environment with renewable resources and you may even have the option to sell electricity back to the energy company in exchange for credits.

Should You Clean Your Solar Panels?

Solar panels not only have a low impact on the environment but also on your everyday life. In many circumstances, you can install them and not worry about further maintenance, such as cleanings.

3 Tips for Homeowners Considering Solar Panels

The top tips for homeowners considering solar panels include: (1) ensure you have the right kind of roof for panels, (2) look into financing options, and (3) find a reliable installer. Lucky for you, SRE specializes in all 3!

Here's How Solar Panels Can Earn You a Big Tax Credit

If you install a solar PV system before December 31, 2022, you can earn a 26% tax credit. But the credit falls to 22% for systems installed in 2023 and, unless Congress renews the program, will expire altogether in 2024.

Which NFL Team is the Solar Energy Champ?

One NFL stadium is the clear leader when it comes to generating solar electricity. Does your favorite team play there?

How Much Money Can You Save With Solar Panels?

Solar panels can be a big investment when you renewably power your whole home. Of course, since you’re generating your own power, you stand to cut or eliminate your electrical bill.

Dispelling the Myth About Solar Panels Inefficiency in Colder Climate

A widespread misconception is that solar panels are hardly effective during winter. Although solar panels' energy results are at their pinnacle when presented to direct sunlight and UV beams, the impact of hot weather should not be confused with reducing energy generation from solar panels during colder seasons.

Unpacking People’s Attitudes Toward Solar Power

Consumer attitudes towards domestic solar energy systems often pose barriers to widespread solar adoption.

Solar Installations Increasingly Take the Place of Coal Mines

The US is reprioritizing where it sources its energy. Over the last 13 years, the country has shuttered more coal mines than it has opened. What remains after coal extraction makes site conditions difficult for redevelopment, but contractors are finding luck replacing the fossil fuel operations with solar arrays.

Doing the Right Thing for Wind and Solar Power

Across most of the country, solar is simply less expensive than dirty fossil fuels. And costs for solar and battery technologies continue to fall.

Solar Energy and Agriculture Can Benefit From One Another

Various industries are searching for emission reduction tactics as eco-consumer rates in the United States rise. Environmentalists are exploring the cross benefits of using solar power to support farming.

Do Solar Panels Work on Cloudy Days?

Solar panels can use both direct and indirect sunlight to generate electrical power. This means they can still be productive even when there is cloud coverage.

Does Your House Face the Best Direction for Solar Panels?

Even if the orientation of your roof isn't quite right, that doesn't mean solar power is off the table.

Ground-Mounted Solar Panels: What You Should Know

If you have a large enough piece of land that is not covered by shadows, ground-mounted solar panels may be a great option for your property.

Solar Leasing Guide: Should You Lease or Buy?

Solar power is among the most affordable renewable energy options, but to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy, homeowners are faced with a major decision: solar leasing vs. buying panels outright.

Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value?

YES! One study confirmed solar installations increase a home's resale value by up to $5,911 for each kilowatt of solar panels installed, and another estimated an increase of 4.1% of the home's value.

How Do Solar Batteries Work?

Batteries aren't for everyone but here are the basics on how batteries store solar energy if you'd like to learn more.

Around the House: New Green Housing Technology is on the Way

As the technology evolves, the affordability makes these new technologies enticing. There is an abundance of wind, solar and hydro renewable energy sources in America, and all that is needed is enhanced technology to harness it.

What Oil & Gas Companies Don't Want You to Know About Solar

Experts debunk 9 utility-fueled myths so you can make an informed decision about solar energy for your home.

Best Friends Create Solar Powered Car to Drive Across the Country

They designed it with computers, using different tools and aluminum for the frame, and most importantly - solar panels.

Sustainability Made Simple: Energy Tips for Sustainable Living

Solar panels for electrifying homes are becoming increasingly affordable and is crossing the threshold as the go-to energy solution for many residential homeowners.

This Tiny, $6,800 Car Runs on Solar Power

The electric two-seater’s tiny size is one reason that it doesn’t use much energy—and in a typical day of city driving, it can run entirely on power from a solar panel on its own roof.

Can Solar Farms Help Save Bees?

Over the past few years, solar farm developers have increasingly been encouraged to transform the space underneath their solar panels into a safe haven for bees, butterflies and other endangered pollinators.

How to Save Money and Mother Earth with Solar Energy

Solar panels provide benefits in more ways than one, and when you make the switch to solar, the advantages go both ways—to the environment and the consumer.

Number of Americans Using Solar Power Expected to More Than Triple by 2030

More Americans are tapping into the power of the sun to provide electricity for their homes, as the cost to go solar continues to drop.

Disney World to Power up to 40% of Theme Park Energy Needs With New Solar Facilities

Walt Disney World is harnessing the power of the sun to 'power the magic' at its theme parks developing two new 75MW solar facilities, which are expected to come online in about 2 years!

How Many Solar Panels Do You Need?

How many solar panels you would need to install on your roof depends on your energy needs, how much sunshine you get, the nature of your roof, and the sizes and capabilities of the panels to be installed. The math is simple, but the number of variables makes it complicated. 

7 Huge Advantages of Using Solar Power at Home

The sun is one of the most reliable sources of renewable energy. Thanks to recent technological advancements, today’s solar panels are more efficient, durable, and quite affordable.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels are devices that collect energy from the sun and convert it into electricity using photovoltaic cells. Through the photovoltaic effect, semiconductors create interactions between photons from the sun and electrons to produce electricity.

Forget Batteries, This Electric Vehicle Startup Uses Solar Power to Charge Up Cars

As electric vehicles go mainstream, the auto industry has largely reached the consensus that the next big thing is no longer about eliminating gas engines, but finding the most efficient method to generate electricity to power cars. A few have pursued an alternative energy source that dominates elsewhere: solar power.

A Solar Panel in Space is Collecting Energy That Could One Day Be Beamed to Anywhere on Earth

Scientists working for the Pentagon have successfully tested a solar panel the size of a pizza box in space, designed as a prototype for a future system to send electricity from space back to any point on Earth.

Shining a Light on the True Value of Solar Power

Beyond the environmental benefits and lower electric bills, it turns out installing solar panels on your house actually benefits your whole community. Value estimations for grid-tied photovoltaic systems prove solar panels are beneficial for utility companies and consumers alike.

Penn State Receives Highest Sustainability Score In The Big Ten

Sustainability and climate consciousness have been important goals for the university and students alike and this new high rating will encourage even more sustainability growth across campus and the State College area.

Your Neighbor's Solar Panels are Secretly Saving You Money

There’s a persistent MYTH that says houses with solar panels could raise energy costs for their neighbors. But a new analysis puts that notion to bed, showing solar panels actually drop the cost of power, even for nearby houses.

Collecting Toilet Rolls and Installing Solar Panels, These Students Drive Change for the Environment

Two winners of the National Environment Agency’s Ecofriend Awards this year are Laura turning a childhood habit of collecting toilet paper rolls into a nationwide recycling initiative and Hemal is fundraising to install 1,130 solar panels on his school campus.

Solar at the Speedway: NASCAR Aims to Make Racing More Eco-Friendly

NASCAR raceways have become one of the sporting world’s most fervent adopters of solar energy, with one project under development that’s set to become the largest solar installation at any sporting venue across the globe.

Shining a Light on the True Value of Solar Power

Beyond the environmental benefits and lower electric bills, it turns out installing solar panels on your house actually benefits your whole community. Value estimations for grid-tied photovoltaic systems prove solar panels are beneficial for utility companies and consumers alike.

Crediting Wind and Solar Power for Saving Species

Eighteen to thirty percent of the species on the planet are at risk from the climate change that will occur if all countries do not rapidly shift to a net zero climate footprint.

Check Out This School Solar Array That Features Student Art Contest Winners

Take a look at this cool, 1-MW solar array that was also a unique hands on STEAM learning experience for elementary school children in Illinois.

How Solar Panels Could Help Save Struggling Farms

Solar companies and farmers can work together to harvest sunlight for both energy and food.

Schools Partner on Solar Project, Use Sheep to Maintain Fields

Two school districts have found a unique way to maintain the fields for their shared solar array.

Two Students Invent a Solar-Heated Doghouse to Protect Stray Dogs and Cats From the Cold Winter

They devised the cheapest and most environmentally friendly answer to the widespread stray animal problem by patenting a solar-heated animal kennel.

This Bench Absorbs More Air Pollution Than a Small Forest

It works using a combination of plants and mosses that naturally remove dust, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone gases from the surrounding air. It also features solar panels that satisfy all of its electricity demands for capturing data.

On a Mere 1% of Farmland, Solar Panels Could Provide 20% of US Electricity

Agrivoltaics could also provide jobs and boost rural livelihoods, while cutting carbon emissions.

Effectiveness of Solar Panels During the Winter Months

Although it is true that the energy output of solar panels is at its peak when exposed to direct sunlight and UV rays, the temperature does not play a large role in the solar panel’s overall performance.

The Air Force is Building a Spacecraft That Will Beam Solar Power to Earth

Solar power from space could be a consequence of solar power used in space for other purposes.

Could Solar Power Help Restore Maryland’s Oyster Population?

Aquaculture is boosting Maryland's oyster population benefiting watermen, who have more oysters to harvest, and the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

Scientists Just Set a New World Record in Solar Cell Efficiency

Improving the efficiency of solar cells can make a huge difference to the amount of energy produced from the same surface area and the same amount of sunshine, and another world record has been beaten in the push for better yields.

Reasons to Embrace Clean Energy in Your Home or Business

All should consider switching from natural gas, coal power, and other unsustainable sources of energy for both home and business to other, cleaner energy sources, including solar, wind, and geothermal. In fact, the world depends on it.

Dreamy Eco-Retreat for Sale

It started as a vision: a solar powered, secluded mountain retreat designed for sustainable living that would unite technology and ecology, resilience, and beauty.

Ocean Cleanup Team Unveils Solar Powered 'Interceptor' to Collect Plastic in Rivers

The "Interceptor" is a floating, solar-powered device designed to scoop plastic out of rivers.

Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip

Solar energy evangelist and “Property Brother” Jonathan Scott all across the U.S. to uncover why clean, renewable energy isn’t available to all.

More Solar Panels Installed at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Attraction

Solar panel mounts were installed to the roofing of the attraction’s exterior with the panels installed shortly after. This is great news because it comes as a means of conserving energy by using solar panels.

What is Environmentally Conscious Building?

Within the construction industry, advances continue to happen as people look in closer detail at how buildings are created.

Where Blue Meets Green: Sustainable Waterfront Homes

The interest in environmentally responsible waterfront homes is on the rise.

Solar Power on the Rise at US Schools

Report finds an 81% increase in K-12 schools using solar power over the last 5 years.

Solar is Now ‘Cheapest Electricity in History’, Confirms IEA

Environmental policies and green investment schemes have largely reduced the cost of renewables worldwide.

1st Floating Solar Power Plant in Belgium Goes Up —
17,250 Floating Solar Panels

The technology choice has been growing and growing, with both larger and larger plants and broader application, including geographically.

Newark School Installs Groundbreaking Wind/Solar Street Light

A cutting-edge street light at Science Park High School in Newark, NJ will provide power and a unique STEM learning opportunity. 

The US Can Be Powered 100% by Renewable Energy. How Do We Get There?

80% to 85% of our energy demand can be supplied from wind, water, and solar by as early as 2030. The remaining 15% to 20% would take another 20 years.

Massachusetts Policy to Decarbonise Grid at Times of Peak Demand Gets Underway

A “first-in-the-nation” policy called the Clean Peak Standard has been launched in Massachusetts whereby a proportion of electricity used on the grid at times of highest demand must be considered ‘clean’.

Nearly Half of Germany's Electricity Has Come From Wind and Solar This Year

Wind and solar power accounted for 10% of global electricity generation in the first six months of 2020. This is a impressive improvement on the situation five years ago when it accounted for just 5%.

The Solar Spectrum and the Color of Plants

Researchers hope this model will work to design better solar panels and other solar devices.

Agrivoltaics Propel Significant Reductions in Solar Maintenance Costs

As the U.S. solar industry expands, arrays are spreading across more land — and the cost of keeping the sun on those panels through vegetation management is rising.

Green Energy & Better Crops: Tinted Solar Panels could Boost Farm Incomes

Tinted, semi-transparent solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce nutritionally superior crops simultaneously, bringing the prospect of higher incomes for farmers and maximizing use of agricultural land.

Rhode Island Targets 100 Percent Renewable by 2030

Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100% renewable energy by 2030. Getting there is a work in progress, but the target will likely be reached without doing much outside of existing renewable-energy initiatives.

The Future of Sustainable Energy

The options for renewable energy are growing every day. Eventually, society won’t need to rely on fossil fuels or other destructive resources that damage the ecosystem.

Air Cleared So Much During COVID-19 Shutdown, It Actually Increased Solar Power Output

As the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders brought much of the world to a standstill, people everywhere started noticing clearer skies which had a measurable impact on the output from solar photovoltaic panels.

The Navy is Testing Beaming Solar Power in Space

The potential of solar power is massive – Earth receives as much solar energy in an hour as all of humanity uses in a year. The energy hitting Earth is only a fraction of the sun’s overall output. Most of the solar energy is lost to deep space.

Renewables are Increasingly Cheaper than Coal

Since 2010, the cost of new solar photovoltaic projects has fallen by 82%!!

More U.S. Homeowners Say They are Considering Home Solar Panels

Just 6% of U.S. homeowners have already installed solar panels at home, but another 46% say they have given serious thought to adding solar panels at their home in the past year.

How to Keep Your Energy Bill Low Despite being Home All Summer

With summer temperatures upon us, you might be excited for the sunshine and warmer weather -- but dreading the jump in your energy bills.