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When we talk about the solar panels for your home and how they can save you money, there are a few terms that often get thrown around and used incorrectly. Since the goal of going solar (among other things) is to cut your electricity bills, understanding the...read more
The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to advance the deployment of solar energy in the United States. It has helped accelerate the adoption of Solar energy across the country. Quick facts The ITC is a 30 percent...read more
Reading Time: < 1 minute Cleveland Commits To 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2050read more
In touring solar factories around the world , it is amazing to see the process at such large scale. Here is a good video showing how are solar panels made.read more
Why Buy Solar Panels in Austin, TX? It’s hard for 1876 Energy not to be a little bit zealous when talking about all the benefits ‘going solar’, but there’s something you ought to know if you’re considering joining the clean energy revolution: there are some tremendous...read more
Reading Time: 2 minutes Austin recently ranked the #1greenest city in America, according to Listshack.comread more
Reading Time: 2 minutes As far as the cleaning of the panels is concerned, it certainly doesn’t hurt to give them a good hosing down every few months, but it isn’t a requirement. Most panels are designed to stay relatively clean as long as they’re exposed to a little rain now and again.
If you live in a particularly dusty area or the local birds just really hate renewable energy devices, then you might consider more periodic cleaning. The more debris or gunk that lives on your solar panels, the less energy they’ll be able to produce from limited sunlight.
Other than that there’s no maintenance required for residential solar panels. There are no moving parts involved in the system, and most modules come with a 30+-year expected lifespan.
Direction Solar Panels Should Face There has recently been a lot of buzz about which direction solar panels should face. It seems the initial conversation was prompted by a Pecan Street Inc. report that looked at output from real solar arrays and found those facing...read more
< Return to the Solar Tax Credit Example Am I eligible to claim the solar tax credit if I lease the system or have a PPA? Unfortunately, you have to have purchased your solar power system in order to be eligible for the tax credit. In the event of a solar lease or...read more
Reading Time: 3 minutes You probably already know there’s no greater financial incentive to go solar than the 30% federal Investment Tax credit, but when it comes to claiming it on your taxes, it never hurts to have a refresher. We don’t want you to have any solar related stresses in your life, so we’ve put together this helpful example below to take at least some of your tax-related stress away before April 15.read more