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Residential rooftop solar 101: From azimuth to zoning

Join the solar revolution, but do so with the most current insight on equipment, cost, and system design. Bookmark this page and refer to it often as your project moves forward.

Solar 101: Go solar, but go with your eyes open

Solar is uniquely virtuous among energy industries. But like all industries, consumers need to pay close attention to protect themselves.

Solar 101: How to calculate your solar system’s payback period

The simplest way to model the payback period is to divide the project’s costs by its expected annual production number. That’s a good start, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

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Solar 101: How to pay for your rooftop solar investment

The out-of-pocket cost for a solar power system can be pretty high. We take a look at bank loans, on-the-spot finance, third-party ownership, and the benefits of using cold, hard cash.

Solar 101: Tips for keeping your rooftop solar system humming over the long term

Solar O&M comes down to mechanical rooftop connections, electrical solar panel connections, panel and connection temperatures, and inverters. Here are four possible plans of attack.

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Solar 101: It all comes down to curb appeal

The residential solar industry has taken notice of the demand for beautiful, hidden panels, and is now providing creative and attractive designs that you can incorporate into your rooftop solar project.

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Solar 101: Grumpy neighbors and falling quahogs are just two perils to jolt your solar project

Homeowner associations and town councils can derail your solar project. So can dust from nearby factories and bivalve mollusks falling from the sky.

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Solar 101: The obvious… and not so obvious… state solar incentives

Here are three tools to help you navigate the sometimes-complex array of state incentives for your rooftop solar project.

Solar 101: Three tips about those solar tax credits

We are by no means tax pros, but here are three insights to help you see how federal tax credits may benefit your solar project.

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Solar 101: The basics of net metering for your solar project

The concept of net metering is important to understand as it affects how long your solar project takes to pay for itself, and how your contractor will design your project. Here’s what you need to know.

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