When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

By Hannah West The promises of a residential solar energy system may start to feel a little iffy when you’re looking down the barrel of a big investment. Are lower (or nonexistent) utility bills, environmental stewardship, and energy independence enough to balance out an initial price tag of tens of thousands of dollars? Well, that depends on how soon your PV solar system starts to pay off. When you ask how long before you start to see a...

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Real Goods Stands with Standing Rock and Will Provide Power

Real Goods Stands with Standing Rock and Will Provide Power

This post was derived from Ashley Tressel’s article for Willits News. Real Goods is working with Michael Reppy, an activist with Earth Island Institute, to supply solar panels and a wind turbine to power a school at Sacred Stone Camp for pipeline protesters in North Dakota. Reppy asked Real Goods to build him a turn-key renewable energy system that he and his colleague Chris Winn could install on site in North Dakota with little assembly....

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Solar Load Calculator

Solar Load Calculator

A critical step in sizing a solar PV system is understanding the electrical load it needs to be able to supply. Our new, free online Solar Load Calculator displays a running total of your average daily Watt-hour usage, which helps determine the size of the solar system you’ll need. If you click the submit button at the bottom of the form, your results will be sent to the email address you provide so you’ll have your own record....

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Solar Farming and Solar Collectives: Will the Future of Energy Lie Within Communities?

Solar Farming and Solar Collectives: Will the Future of Energy Lie Within Communities?

By Hannah West The rise of affordable and attainable solar energy has been an exciting phase for environmental advocates as well as home and business owners seeking independence from utility companies. But working together to convert to clean energy can be even more effective — and cost-effective — than each of us individually making the shift to solar. Solar farming and community solar projects are on the rise, allowing multiple families and...

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