Do solar panels increase the value of my home?

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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 ...

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 ...

Identifying the Best Solar Panel Calculator

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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 ...

Ivanpah – World’s Largest Solar Thermal Facility

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One of the world's largest renewable energy projects can be found in the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada border: the Ivanpah solar thermal facility. Located on the Ivanpah Dry Lake, this giant project uses solar thermal technology and it covers 3500 acres of public desert land near Las Vegas. This area is equivalent to four times ...