The smart way to go solar – the Sunmetrix way!

Solar panels for my home

Going solar is gaining in popularity but if you are thinking of making the transition, then you want to go about it in the smartest way possible. Would you buy a car without taking a test drive, or researching your options, consulting reviews and shopping around for the best price? Installing solar panels is a ...

Anatomy of a solar lease

solar lease agreement

One of the biggest disadvantages of solar power is the steep price tag that stands between homeowners and their shiny new solar panels. Although the installed price of solar PV systems has decreased by 50% in the last five years, the initial cost is still significant for most homeowners. One way to make solar energy more ...

Identifying the Best Solar Panel Calculator

Businessman standing by solar panels

There are plenty of solar panel calculators out there for understanding your solar energy potential and cost savings, as we discussed in a previous article. The criteria for selecting the best calculator can be condensed into two for simplicity. First, does the solar calculator cover your region? As noted, PVGIS developed by the Joint Research ...

Which way should my solar panels face: south or east-west?

Compass

There's been quite a bit of news lately regarding the installation of solar panels on 500,000 buildings in the UK, suggesting that the panels may be facing the wrong direction! A leading solar expert, professor Ralph Gottshalg of Loughborough University, made the news this past week when he said that thousands of well-meaning people in ...

Solar panels for my boat? Yes!

Planetsolar visiting Miami

It’s boating season! For those lucky enough to be out on the water, investing in solar panels is a great way to extend those trips off-shore and make the most of your holiday in your home away from home. Whether you have a sailboat, a powerboat or a pontoon boat, solar panels can help you ...