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#DIY | Do It Yourself Solar Installations
Mar03

#DIY | Do It Yourself Solar Installations

Solar panels are a smart investment for modern, eco-conscious homeowners, but many people feel inhibited by the cost of installation. Fortunately, materials are starting to decrease in price and installation is becoming more manageable. At Modernize, we are watching homeowners reap the rewards of solar energy while saving thousands of dollars by tackling large scope projects like this on their own. If you are relatively handy, have a Smart Phone or Internet access, and are ready to harness the sun’s abundant energy for your home, it’s time to consider DIY solar installation. Know How Are you comfortable working with wiring? Safety is always the first priority in any home improvement project. Make sure you are well-versed with the dos and don’ts of high voltage wiring before attempting this project. Determining the correct panel placement and angle to harness maximum energy is pivotal. Precision is key to making this project worth your time and money. In addition to handy know-how, you also need to be prepared to navigate compliance laws and obtain permits before beginning your project. If you have the time and resources to do your own research and legwork, you will save the cost of hiring a company paying multiple people to perform these duties. Help From The Internet If you have Internet access, you have help with your installation. There really is an app for almost anything. Search for online calculators to determine the size of the kit that you will need, based on information found on your utility bills.   Measuring Solar Energy Savings Once your solar panels are installed, you will want to see how long it takes to recoup the cost of the materials. While you will save thousands of dollars by installing your solar panels yourself, this project will still be costly up front—but it won’t be long before you break even, and possibly profit from the investment.   After installing home solar, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit, and possibly a state tax credit. Be sure to research your state’s requirements, as some do require that the installation is performed by licensed installers. If these incentives are awarded, a sizable percentage may be recouped right off the bat. Finally, the value of your home will increase substantially with the addition of solar panels. A buyer’s offer may pay for your project in full if the attractive feature of energy-saving, money-saving solar panels sparks a bidding war. Research Make sure you have all of your research done before spending a dime on this project. You want to be sure that you are capable of handling the project in its entirety....

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Solar farms and solar forests
Feb01

Solar farms and solar forests

Think of the sheep. Think of the bees, the birds and the little earthworms. When it comes to solar, sometimes we’ve got our attention so focused on the sky we can overlook what’s there, beneath our feet–the land. However, one of our suppliers, Canadian Solar, has a project-line of solar panels built especially to suit the needs of farmers and those closest to the land. They call it the CS6P-P and the difference is, instead mounting the PV panels on the sleek, metallic basis we’re all used to seeing, it’s mounted on wood.   “So, as far as the goats are concerned, the arrays are very like trees.,” said Eric, one of Canadian Solar’s construction engineers. “They provide good shade, absorb sunlight and convert it to energy without creating CO2 or other greenhouse gas emission. Every solar farm is potentially a unique eco-system that benefits the natural world of which we are all a part”. And faced with global environmental issues like the declining honeybee population as document by the United States Department of Agriculture, structures that create areas with wildflowers to grow and hives to flourish are a good thing. According to Canadian Solar researcher Dr. Shawn Qu, the CS6P-P panels have of a lifespan of 25 years and remain mostly undisturbed by humans after their installation aside from the occasional maintenance. The wooden panel bases equate to about a 5% footprint of the entire structure, allowing room for wildlife to flourish. Canadian Solar was established in 2001 and is currently responsible for generating 9 GW of power, while supplying customers with over 30 million PV modules.   Though the company is the third largest solar companies in the world and has been an industry leader pushing towards a solar-powered future, it has a done a noteworthy job at borrowing inspiration from the sun as well as the trees. So, on behalf of all the sheep,...

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Solar on every U.S. roof? Infographic
Nov07
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Looking Back on Solar in 2012

Looking back on the solar in 2012, U.S. manufacturers have struggled to stay afloat amidst the solar trade issues with China, but it wasn’t as bad for the rest of the industry.  Despite the attempt to promote U.S. manufacturing of PV by cracking down on Chinese dumping of solar products below fair market value, Chinese manufacturers found loopholes in the legislation to circumnavigate the tariffs imposed on US imports.  It’s tariffs were put on the cells manufactured in China. Solar cells are manufactured outside of the country, and then assembled into solar panels in China before shipping to the U.S.  This has created all sorts of turmoil for U.S. manufactures and we’re seeing some players start to slip away.    Yet the ongoing drop of prices meant that more people were able to go solar.  Overall, 2012 has been a record year for photovoltaic installations. The third quarter of 2012 saw the installation of 684 megawatts of solar- a 44% growth over last year’s Q3, making it the third largest on record for the United States PV industry.  For more information from SEIA, check this out: U.S. Solar Market Insight: Third Quarter 2012. From the beginning of 2010 to now, the cost of residential solar installations fell 21.8% to around $5.46 per watt, according to GTM Research. The same plummeting prices that have hurt U.S. manufacturers have meant more work for U.S. retailers, third-party financing, inverter manufacturers, and installers. This year, we also witnessed two solar companies go public.  In late March of this year, Enphase Energy went public.  This past month, Elon Musk’s SolarCity also announced the pricing for their initial public offering.   Moving forward into 2013, GoGreenSolar.com is optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead for customers and the industry at large.  Solar panel prices are low, competition is high, customers are buying, and the technology continues to improve.  Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to be in the solar business.  Thanks for being a part of our story! What do you think 2013 has in store for solar?...

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installing solar panels on a spanish s-tile roof

Installing solar panels on Spanish S-Tile or Curved Tile can be one of the most difficult roof tops to install solar panels onto. See solar racking components for an s-tile roof → These types of tiles are very popular in California and the west coast in general and have a tendency to be very delicate. Many professionals compare getting around on a Spanish S-Tile roof to walking on egg shells because many curved roof tiles will break when you walk on them incorrectly. After you get around the challenges of properly walking on a curved tile roof to minimize tile damage, it’s imperative to have a roof flashing system designed specifically for this typf of roof style. We recommend the Quick Mount PV Curved Tile Flashing with Mounts Check out the video below of how the Quick Mount PV Curved Tile Flashing System in 8 easy steps will help you install solar panels minimizing the risk of developing a leaky roof in the future. What do you think about Quick Mount PV Curved Tile Flashing with...

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