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Solar Photovoltaic Panel Warranties

Solar Panels that turn sunlight into electricity typically have 25 year warranties because the panels have no moving parts and do not wear down for a long time. The average warranty from a solar panel manufacturer is between 10 and 25 years. Each warranty is different, therefore a smart consumer should read the warranty information on the manufacturers website or call the company to really understand the terms of what is covered under the warranty, when buying solar panels you are making a long term investment therefore its very important you understand the terms of the warranty making the investment. During the 1970s in the USA there was a solar power rush and many of the companies during that time went out of business and customers were stuck holding warranties that were worthless if something went wrong with the product. In general solar panels are very reliable and most customers don’t have problems. To minimize your risk go with a reputable brand name like, sanyo, evergreen, sharp, BP Solar..etc There are many new companies jumping into the solar power bandwagon, so please review warranty information carefully so you know what you’re getting into right off the...

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How grid connected solar panel systems work.

After speaking with many customers over this week, I noticed there is confusion with some solar / wind power shoppers about what the grid really means and how a grid connected solar photovoltaic (solar panel) system works for a home. So I decided to focus today’s post about some of the basics. According to Southern California Edison the definition of “the grid” is the following: “a large interconnection of both generation and transmission electrical subsystemsto facilitate efficient distribution of electricity to consumers and businesses.” The grid is a network in which electricity gets consumed and produced, therefore a grid connected system turns your home into an electricity producing asset that shares extra power with the grid. With a grid connected solar panel system you send extra power back into the grid, and receive a credit from the utility company for every kWh (kilowatt hour) you contribute to the grid. The of US Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has created a good illustration of how a grid connected system works with a typical...

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The information every solar power customer wants to know.

Rebates, tax credits and incentives, what do you qualify for? That is critical element every shopper for solar panels or wind power systems are looking for. As clean energy specialists we get asked that question everyday, and the answer is completely different depending on the area you live in. The federal tax credits are standardized across the USA, although the Rebates and other incentives you may receive differ from state to state and even on the localized level. For example, some cities within California offer incentives on top of what the federal tax credit and state rebates. So how do you figure out what you qualify for? Well you can obviously call us, but there is a better way to do the research for yourself. Since the total amount you will receive depends on the actual location of the clean energy system installation, there is a free website, called DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) that makes it easier for consumers to quickly figure out what money they can get back for not only renewable energy but energy efficiency upgrades you do to your home or business. DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. The website database is simple to use, just click on your state to learn about all the incentives available in your local area and the state itself. If you click on the entire map of the USA, you will be able to research the federal rebates that you qualify may qualify for, simple as that. DSIRE is such a great resouce for consumers and the industry alike, since there is not a standardized program for the entire USA yet, without DSIRE it would be a nightmare figuring out how much money you can get back. So what do YOU qualify for? Go through the website and let us...

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Common misconceptions about Solar Power

#1 – Solar Panels have a short life span. Since there are no moving parts, solar panels don’t wear down. Most panels are warrantied for at least 25 years. There are some solar panels that are still in operation that have been installed in the 1970s. Solar Panels are also resilient to hail and are quite strong, most panels have been tested for hail conditions. As long as the solar panels are cleaned at least once a year, the panels can last for a very long time. #2 – Solar Power is EXPENSIVE Sure, it could be expensive, although you have full control of the upfront cost a system depending on your usage and energy production goals. First, its always cheaper to reduce than produce, therefore figuring out how to reduce your usage is cost effective and will reduce the upfront cost of going solar. Solar Power systems are scalable therefore you don’t have to install all your capacity all at once which could be financially overwhelming. Like Legos, you can scale up as your budget increases in the future. For example, lets say you needed a 4kW (kilowatt) system to zero out your electric bill, but you can only afford 1kW (kilowatt) solar power system today. No problem, you can install a 1kW system today and reduce your electric bill, and scale up the system to zero out your bill as your finances change in the future. #3 – Solar Panels don’t work on cloudy days. As long as there is some light, solar panels will continue to produce some electricity. Yes that even means on a cloudy day. Let’s take Germany as an example, they have half the amount of average sun hours per day compared to the USA and Germany is leading the world in solar power production. Even though its cloudy in Germany most of the year, the solar panel systems still make financial sense. Obviously you will produce even more energy during sunny days, our average sun hours in the United States is above average compared to Germany. #4 – Solar Power is unreliable and inefficient. Solar panel technology are becoming slimmer and more efficient every year, they’re just getting better and better. Today’s technology works, many homes and business use solar panels to power to reduce or eliminate their electric bill. Walmart, one of the largest corporate users of electricity and a very successful global retailer is using solar panels on a couple of their retail super centers, If Walmart is confident in solar panels, the technology is reliable. #5 – Solar Power is not worth the trouble. As long as your working...

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How we’re improving the experience to buy clean energy systems

After financial reasons being the primary reason most people don’t have solar panels or wind generators for their homes or businesses, the process of producing your own energy could be confusing for many first time customers that many just give up! Buying a clean energy system is so new for most people, unlike buying shoes which Americans have done many times in their life times. Historically people never had a choice, you get an electric bill and you pay the dollar amount on the bill, no questions asked, now people have a choice and customers are overwhelmed by the choices in the market. The GoGreenSolar.com understands that the process of producing your own clean green energy is much too difficult and we focus on making the experience of buying clean energy systems as easy and educational as possible. We typically start by: 1. Together, we analyze your electric bills, to figure out your usage. 2. Figure out your energy goals and help you develop a plan to meet your goals. 3. Recommend products and services that help you reach the goals you have set for yourself. We help you “reduce and produce” meaning not only do we teach you how to become more energy efficient but we help you produce energy as well, thus reducing the overall upfront cost of green energy. We understand that you have many questions please head over to our community in which you can leverage the experience of others to help you get to your clean energy...

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Connecting your solar or wind power system to the grid

The majority of the systems installed in the USA and Germany are grid tied systems, meaning the solar panel or wind power systems are connected to the utility grid, extra electricity generated is sent back to the utility in which the owner of the system gets a credit per kWh (kilowatt hour) produced, a term called net-metering. Before you run out and connect your system up to the grid to take advantage of net-metering…..you need to first contact your utility company to review the utility’s interconnection agreement. The interconnection agreement sets the ground rules for the terms and conditions including the requirement for building permits, home owners insurance, and grid connection specifications. Interconnection agreements are standard documents although each utility has its own document. Some utilities may even charge you a small fee to connect your system to the grid if its a very large installation, but again this depends on your particular utility that’s serving your area. To turn your home or small business into a power plant, start by analyzing your electric bill and your historical usage, then call your utility to review the interconnection agreement so you make sure you understand the terms set by your utility company or just give us a call and we can guide you through the process of understanding your electric bill, figure out how many solar panels you need, and work with your utility company to help you file your interconnection...

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