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The Next Generation in Solar Energy

Aug 4th, 2017 Solar OneClickSolar 4 min read

Residential solar energy installations at an all time high in America. So why have we seen the recent downfall of some of solar’s largest national companies? With Sungevity and SunEdison recently declaring bankruptcy, SolarCity now under the Telsa brand and NRG moving away from the residential market, you may think the solar industry is starting the slowdown. In fact, it is quite the opposite. What…

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Don’t Fall Victim To These Common Solar Contract Traps

Jul 18th, 2017 Solar OneClickSolar 6 min read

Being faced with reading pages of contractual terms and conditions (T&C’s) can be a daunting task.  It is important that you do not sign any solar energy system contract without thoroughly understanding how it may impact you.  T&C’s are put in place to outline the obligations of two or more parties.  It is also a common way for companies to hide hidden extras, potentially costing…

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SRECs are making home solar affordable – but what exactly are they?

Jul 5th, 2017 Solar OneClickSolar 4 min read

If you have been researching home solar energy systems, you may have come across the term “Solar Renewable Energy Credits”; otherwise known as REC or SRECs. Although the concept may seem complex, SRECs are a huge part of the solar industry and are an additional element in making home solar energy systems affordable. But what are they exactly? SRECs are tradable credits that are a…

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Why Residential Solar Power for my Home Now?

Jul 1st, 2017 Solar Vincent Salvati 3 min read

Those of you who may have thought or investigated residential roof top solar and decided that the time was not right for a variety of reasons some of which are cost, appearance, reliability of the system and complexity of the process. In many ways roof top solar is a hedge against future electricity prices as you can view the one time cost of the system…

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Potential Impact of Suniva trade case on residential solar pricing

Jun 30th, 2017 Solar Vincent Salvati 2 min read

Background On May 23, 2017, the United States Trade Commission decided to move forward with Suniva’s Section 201 filing, now called Investigation No. TA-201-75. Suniva, a manufacturer of Solar panels had filed for bankruptcy in April citing that imports from China and other Asian countries were flooding the U.S. market with panels priced below their cost. “Thus, petitioner (sic Suniva) seeks a recommendation to the…

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Should I Lease or Buy my Residential Solar Power System?

Jun 29th, 2017 Solar Vincent Salvati 3 min read

In the early days of solar the vast majority of residential systems were leased. I’m sure that you have seen the ads that proclaim “free solar” or “Solar with no up-front costs”. These are the teasers for a solar lease. The company offering the lease to the customer retains ownership and charges the customer on a monthly basis a fee that is, in most cases…

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Don’t get caught up in a solar quote bidding war!

Jun 28th, 2017 Solar OneClickSolar 4 min read

So you have been searching for a solar energy system for your home? Then there is no doubt you have come across a number of companies offering an online bidding service, promising to find you cheap, quality solar energy systems all in one place. This “one-stop-shop” sees various solar companies competing with each other in one convenient location trying to win your business. As more…

Solar Residential Facts

Residential Solar Power Fact vs. Fiction

Jun 15th, 2017 Solar Vincent Salvati 8 min read

Perhaps you have thinking about purchasing a residential solar electric system for your roof top but have been confused by what appears to be the complexity of it all. What panels should I choose? Should I go with micro-inverters or optimizers? What permits do I need? How big a system do I need? How will I be compensated by the utility company? How much will…

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Solar panels, what direction should they face on my roof?

Jun 13th, 2017 Solar Vincent Salvati 3 min read

NEM 2 was recently enacted in California and it introduces, among other changes, a time-of-use (TOU) rate structure. TOU rates are an emerging trend replacing the more traditional tiered rate structure currently used by many utilities for solar panels. In tiered rate structures, the utility will charge increasing rates as your usage exceeds your baseline usage.  For example PG&E baseline charges are 19.979 cents per…

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Net Metering 2.0 in California, Yes Please!

Jun 12th, 2017 Solar OneClickSolar 7 min read

Solar energy installations have soared in California, making the State America’s number one in solar power; and not just because of its beautiful sunny climate! Net Metering is being updated and we will discuss it in this article. California has had a net metering program NEM1.0 under which homeowners were given credit for the power produced by their system. NEM 1.0 has now been replaced…