Good overview of consumer protection issues on solar panels, batteries, and inverters, and provides a list of critical questions to ask your installer.
Orients the homeowner to the questions to ask before shopping for solar, including overall energy consumption and the ability to reduce it, building orientation and condition, and economics of various options.
For those who want to take the big leap off the electric grid, some clear discussion of trade-offs and pathways. Note that off-grid solar is not covered by Solarize Hudson Valley.
Helps to lay out the basics about a PV system, what types of solar cells there are , and what materials are used. The article also goes over small solar electric modules, solar electric arrays, and energy performance.
For a list of questions a homeowner should ask themselves and what they should ask their installer about their experience and qualifications and the system they will be installing.
This gives a basic overview of a grid-connected renewable energy system from the requirements from your installer to addressing safety and power quality to contractual issues for grid-connected systems.
Talks with CEO of Green Charge Networks – talks about his technology/software compensating the utility for the peak generating capacity
Educates the listener about the rules for applying for their Solar Investment Tax Credit and how to fill out the IRS Form #5695.
See if you can guess the answer to these ten simple questions:
- Are electric cars cheaper than gas cars?
- Is rooftop solar expensive?
- Will you save money if you buy new energy saving appliances?
- Will gas prices stay low?
- Is solar for no money down a good investment?
- Are LED bulbs expensive?
- Do electric utilities like customer energy efficiency?
- Is clean coal cost effective?
- Is nuclear power the best baseload power source?
- Has energy efficiency reduced our per capita energy usage?
If you answered “yes” to ANY of these questions, I suggest you listen up to this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World. The conventional wisdom is wrong — and all of these energy saving ideas are myths.
Listen to the Energy Show on Renewable Energy World to learn about energy saving myths ranging from LED bulb prices, to the cost of rooftop solar.
Listen to this podcast to hear an architect’s perspective on incorporating rooftop solar into his designs. The guest is an architect who has been incorporating rooftop solar into his residential and commercial designs for over a dozen years.
Want to know what a roofer thinks about solar? Listen to this podcast to hear advice on how to properly attach solar panels on various roof types and the safety and security that goes into a quality installation.
-benefits of large-scale trackers – guest is CEO of NEXTracker
This podcast talks about financing options and goes through cash purchase, home equity loans, ordinary bank loans, leases, Power Purchase Agreements and Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans.
Information for the homeowner on the upkeep of solar panels and what factors go into how often they should be cleaned.
With a guest from the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards, this podcast talks about the new standards for PV modules, racking and inverters for 2014.
With a Fire Captain as a guest, this podcast talks about the compromises that must be made when addressing firefighter safety, property protection and clean energy usage when having roof mounted solar panels in a house fire emergency.
A podcast with a guest residential and commercial installer talking about the reliability of rooftop systems and the reputation of the solar industry itself.
Installing solar on a new or remodeled home can require more coordination than on your older home. What do you need to know?
Financing options are important. Here are the differences between solar loans and solar leases.
Advice on navigating the confusion on picking out the panel that is best for you out of a selection of different choices.
This podcast addresses finding an experienced solar contractor. A guest from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners talks about codes and safety requirements.
PV solar can lead to lower peak-hour energy prices for everyone. Learn how this happens.
Here is a breakdown of the statistics for 2014, laying out where are energy came from and where it will come from by the end of 2015.
The poor and elderly, unfortunately spend a larger portion of their incomes on energy bills. How can be bridge this divide and help everyone save money, make their homes safer and more comfortable.
The future is here with battery storage for home use innovating our grid system. This addresses the storage challenge on a smaller, house by house scale.
Read what the CEOS and presidents of renewable energy companies have to say about the future of solar in 2015.
A woman talks about the dream of a Net Zero home and what her family had to do and change to get there.
Hear the process of having solar panels installed and how it has been working two years later, first hand from a homeowner who installed rooftop solar in Washington, DC.