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Florida Solar Rebate Incentive Program

It is only logical that the solar industry have a strong presence in a state called the Sunshine State. Florida is known for its strong sun and beautiful coastline. Since the 2006 Florida Renewable Energy Act (and other pieces of legislation since), Florida has moved to increase energy efficiency statewide.

Included in this legislation is the Solar Energy Systems Incentives program. This program, geared towards residential and commercial properties, provides financial incentive for installing PV solar and solar thermal systems.... read more

Solar Incentives in Maryland: the Residential Clean Energy Grant

Like many of its' neighboring states, Maryland offers incentives in the form of tax rebates to homeowners for going solar. This includes the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and other solar technologies (such as solar thermal water heaters).... read more

Maine Solar and Wind Rebate Program (“Efficiency Maine”)

In 2005, the state of Maine implemented a solar and wind energy rebate incentive program to entice consumers to use alternative energy throughout the state.

“Renewable energy sources like solar and wind not only save money on utility and heating bills today; they also ease concerns about future energy costs. At the same time, they help preserve Maine’s environment and fight global warming by avoiding the burning of fossil fuels” … Efficiency Maine... read more

Connecticut Solar Rebate Incentive Programs

In addition to states such as California, Hawai'i, and Massachusetts, the beautiful state of Connectictu offers some pretty awesome incentives for installing PV solar to you power your home. This is a summary of the multiple programs in the state – when combined the out-of-pocket cost becomes pretty reasonable. (And usually within about 5-7 years the system pays for itself, leaving you with about 20 years of low-cost/free electricity) 

  • The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) Solar Rebate:

    • This program rebates you $1.75 per watt for the first 5kW's solar system you instal (so, $1,750 rebate per kW; the average system for a 4 bedroom home is 3-5kW).

    • If you install more than 5KW of panelling, you will be reimbursed at the rate of $1.25 for the remaining kW up to 10kW. (After 10 your on your own...)... read more

Massachuesetts Solar Energy Incentives

Massachusetts rocks when it comes to solar incentives and rebate programs! The Green Communities Act of 2007 encouraged residents and businesses to invest in energy-saving technologies and reduce energy consumption through a number of generous rebates.... read more

Oregon Solar Tax Rebates and Incentives

Oregon Solar

The state of Oregon has always been at the front of the environmental movement in the United States. It can bee difficult to find good information on Oregon's solar incentives on the net (in my experience they send you from one site to another, without providing any real information).  So here are the basics. ... read more

Solar FAQ

solar faqWith so much information floating around the net on solar installation, it is often hard to differentiate fact from fiction.  Here are a few frequently asked questions.

Why should I install a PV solar system? There are many environmental reasons to go solar and reduce your carbon footprint.  But it is also a great financial decision.  It is believed that most photovoltaic (PV) solar systems yield 15-30% per year Return on Investment (ROI), tax-free.Not only that, but electricity rates have gone up an average of 5.4% per year for the last 39 years. This rate is likely to continue to increase over the next decade.

Can a PV system actually pay for itself? Yes! Between state and federal tax incentives, you can save about 35-50% of your total installed system cost. When this is combined with Time of Use (TOU) metering, PV systems are extremely attractive from a financial standpoint. If you use a home equity line of credit to pay for your system, you may see an immediate financial benefit (that is, the cost you pay on the loan per month will be less than the amount you save in energy). ... read more

Go Solar! -- Oakland, California Photovoltaics

Mary S. of Oakland, California describes her experience with Save-A-Lot Solar as part of our Go Solar! series.... read more

Go Solar! -- Alameda, California Solar Installations

Kevin S. of Alameda, California describes his experience with Save-A-Lot Solar as part of our Go Solar! series.... read more

Solar in the News: Stanford University Studies New Solar Cells

Last week, Huffington Post released an article about research being conducted at Stanford University on new solar cell technology. Stanford University is at the front of the race to discover new solar cells that are more efficient and cheaper to use.  The goal is to make solar accessible to everyone.

Traditional solar cells are made of silicon semiconductors.  When exposed to heat or light, semiconductors conduct electricity (unlike  conductors such as metal which always carry electricity).  Stanford's findings begins with the "Quantum Dot." This is a new kind of solar cell previously designed to replace the silicon semiconductor.  This cell was revealed several years ago, but never took off because it was not as efficient as silicon and other solar cells.... read more

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