The Five Flavors of Solar: Which One Are You?

Environmentalism

People install solar panels on their roofs for many reasons. Some are in it for their love of the environment. Some are in it for the other "green" rationale: making money. Whatever your primary motivation for going solar may be, it's very important to understand it right from the beginning. This can shape your expectations ...

Where is the best location on Earth for solar energy?

Atacama Desert (credit: bbc.co.uk)

In previous posts, we explained how to determine if solar panels are worth it and we outlined the top five factors that influence the solar energy potential of a site. These factors are latitude, cloud cover, aerosols, elevation and shading. Not surprisingly, the site with the highest solar energy potential on Earth happens to be ...

Should I buy used solar panels?

Used Solar Panel

Given that a solar power system for your home is a big investment, it's only logical that you might consider whether used solar panels are worth the potential savings. There are a few things to consider when shopping around for used solar panels: * the age of the panels * the state of the panels (are they ...

What is the best way to install solar panels at my home?

Solar panels buy or lease

For most property owners, "going solar" is a complex decision. From the brand of the solar panels to the track record of installers, from the structural impact on the roof to aesthetic considerations, there are many factors that shape the final decision. However, one factor is more likely to trump all the others: economic return. ...