Do solar panels increase the value of my home?

sunmetrix solar panel rooftop

With more and more homeowners choosing to install solar panels (more than 600,000 homes in the U.S. now), both homeowners and appraisers/realtors need to better understand how solar panels affect the value of a home. Whether the PV system is owned or leased is an important distinction. The studies we refer to below looked at owned ...

Solar Energy and Electric Cars: The Future is Now

Solar House Electric Vehicle

Children growing up twenty, thirty, forty years ago might have imagined flying cars in the year 2015, as in the movie Back to the Future II, when Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled forward to the 21st of October 2015, but I don't think many of them pictured houses with space-age reflective surfaces on the roof, ...

Demystifying solar panel cost per watt

Solat Panel Cost Per Watt

Many homeowners, when they start their solar journey, hit the same roadblock early on: determining the cost of solar panels. They hear about all sorts of benefits of solar power, such as lower utility bills, abundant clean electricity and vastly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. But as soon as they take the next step and seriously ...

LCOE: What is the levelized cost of solar energy?

levelized cost of solar energy lcoe

PLEASE NOTE: While this article uses 20 years as the expected lifetime of solar panels, most warranties on solar panels are for 25-30 years, so in our calculations in other parts of our website, we now use 25 years as the expected lifetime for the purposes of calculating the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE). - ...

Trees and shade: how will they affect my solar panels?

Trees and Shade Solar Panels

Shade from features in the immediate surroundings of your home can greatly affect the level of solar radiation reaching your panels. Trees and buildings, or other landscape features such as hills, can block incoming radiation and cast a shadow, reducing the usable solar radiation. Even a small obstruction, like a leaf, can have a considerable ...