Is It Worth It to Pay More for Premium Panels?

Should you pay more for premium solar panels? That question should be considered in two parts. One, will the additional production from the premium panels compensate for the higher cost? Two, are there benefits in the quality between the two panel types which justify the added cost? In order to answer the first question we … Read moreIs It Worth It to Pay More for Premium Panels?

The Expert Guide to Comparing Solar Quotes

While comparing quotes can be difficult in any arena, it is a particularly troublesome for homeowners going solar. Fortunately, there are a few short tricks that enable customers to accurately differentiate between competing bids. This article will break down the three key steps: 1) normalizing the numbers; 2) assessing the quality; and 3) analyzing the … Read moreThe Expert Guide to Comparing Solar Quotes

Solar Panel System Aesthetics: What to Look For

As with many other aspects of a home, aesthetics is a primary concern for most residents considering a solar system installation. A properly-crafted solar array can maintain and even improve the appearance of a roof by covering unsightly roof characteristics and by accenting its overall appearance. An attractive solar array requires several key features: covering … Read moreSolar Panel System Aesthetics: What to Look For

How Does Snow Affect Solar Panels?

Solar Panels with Snow in Winter

How does snow affect the performance of solar panel power? It’s not uncommon to get heavy snows in the Virginia/Maryland/DC areas, and sometimes it can cover the ground for two weeks of the year. Some important implications to consider are how snow affects solar power system structures, sunlight availability, and what benefits snow can have … Read moreHow Does Snow Affect Solar Panels?

Can my HOA Prohibit Rooftop Solar in Virginia, Maryland, or DC?

One of the most common questions we get from homeowners is: “Can my Home Owners’ Association prohibit me from getting solar on my roof?” The short answer is no, but it depends on your situation. Virginia and Maryland are two of the twenty-five states in the U.S. which have solar access laws that stop homeowners’ … Read moreCan my HOA Prohibit Rooftop Solar in Virginia, Maryland, or DC?

How Will The New Solar Tariff Affect Solar Prices in VA, MD, and DC?

A new tariff has recently been placed on foreign-made solar modules in the United States – what does this mean for homeowners interested in solar power? We’ll be covering the origin of this ruling, details of the tariff, and the law’s effect on solar prices, specifically in the Virginia-Maryland-DC market. In April 2017, the Chinese … Read moreHow Will The New Solar Tariff Affect Solar Prices in VA, MD, and DC?

Do I Need Batteries for My Solar Power System?

Battery storage can be a particularly confusing topic for homeowners who are interested in solar power. Knowing more about the variety of systems, and what goals they achieve, are two key factors in deciding what type of solar storage system is right for you. Solar power systems have four different storage options: 1) Self-Consumption, 2) … Read moreDo I Need Batteries for My Solar Power System?

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