Buying solar panels for your home

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There are three different paths to putting solar panels on your roof. You can purchase them outright, you can lease them or you can choose to be a solar utility customer (also known as a power purchasing agreement, or PPA). Each of these three paths has its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we'll ...

Five common mistakes to avoid when investing in solar energy

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A typical solar PV installation has a 20-year lifetime. However, it comes with a hefty price tag and involves many decisions. Nevertheless, it is an investment that can really pay off. Avoiding some of the more common mistakes during your initial research phase can drastically increase the profitability of your solar investment. So here's a quick ...

What is a solar resource assessment?

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For all solar energy investments, from basic roof-top installations to utility-scale photovoltaic systems, the need to accurately determine the solar resource is paramount. The amount and variation of solar radiation at your project site are key factors determining the profitability of your solar investment. Solar irradiance is the “fuel” of all solar energy systems. Determining the ...