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 ...

Sunmetrix Winner of SunShot Catalyst Business Innovation Contest

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We are proud to announce that Sunmetrix is one of seventeen winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Catalyst Business Innovation contest. Working together with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Topcoder.com over the next three months, Sunmetrix will be participating in the prototyping phase of the challenge, with access to $25,000 in ...

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

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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 in winter: Is snow a problem?

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It's that time of the year. The days are getting shorter and colder, and depending on where you live, you may have seen a snowflake or two. So what does winter mean for your solar panels or for your decision about whether it makes sense to even consider panels at this time of the year? Many ...

Here comes the sun!

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Spring is here and that means two important things: 1) Your solar potential is on the rise and 2) It's time for a little spring cleaning! With the spring equinox behind us, we are now on the winning side when it comes to daylight hours - that is, if you live in the Northern hemisphere. Longer days mean more ...