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Do I Need to Insure My Solar Panel Installation?

Do I Need to Insure My Solar Panel Installation?

By: Austin Brentley   |  12/2/14

This is one of the most popular questions we receive — and it’s also one of the least understood.

Before determining whether or not you need to insure your solar photovoltaic (PV) installation, it’s important to understand what you’d be insuring against.

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Will My Solar Panels Work When It’s Cloudy or Rainy?

Will My Solar Panels Work When It’s Cloudy or Rainy?

By: Austin Brentley   |  11/17/14

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels generate the most energy per square meter when they receive direct sunlight.

But what happens when it’s overcast and rainy?

When clouds block out the sun, your solar panels will still produce clean electricity. This is true even in the wintertime (in fact, all things being equal, modern PV panels actually perform better in colder temperatures).

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What Are Solar Incentives and How Do They Work?

What Are Solar Incentives and How Do They Work?

By: Austin Brentley   |  09/19/14

With worsening climate change and rising fossil fuel prices, governments all over the world are taking renewable energy more seriously. And one of the best ways to boost interest in cleaner power sources is by reducing investment costs for homeowners and businesses.

In the United States, these cost reductions come in the form of solar incentives that allow ordinary Americans to affordably install photovoltaic (PV) panels on their properties. After going solar, these lucky customers enjoy instant utility bill savings. So in a way, federal and local governments are giving out free money to help you save money.

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Solar Rebates Can Instantly Reduce Upfront PV Installation Costs

Solar Rebates Can Instantly Reduce Upfront PV Installation Costs

By: Austin Brentley   |  09/12/14

If you’ve ever bought an item at the store, mailed in a post card, and received cash back, you already understand how solar rebates work. Whether managed by local state governments or individual utilities, the overall process is the same.

When used correctly, this popular solar incentive can instantly reduce the total upfront cost of your photovoltaic (PV) installation—parts & labor.

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What Is a Feed-In Tariff, and Does Your Solar Installation Qualify?

What Is a Feed-In Tariff, and Does Your Solar Installation Qualify?

By: Austin Brentley   |  09/05/14

In a previous article, we discussed a popular solar incentive known as net metering. Under this program, solar customers are allowed to sell their excess clean electricity to the utility company at a profit (usually as credits—not cash).

Many states offer a similar type of solar incentive known as a feed-in tariff (FiT). It works in much the same way as net metering, with a few important differences.

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