In the past, we’ve written about solar beginning to reach the MLB and the NFL. But since then, more and more professional sports teams are realizing the amazing power of solar energy. In an effort to both reduce their carbon footprint and save money, sports teams across the country are allowing solar power systems to take over their stadiums.
There are so many reasons why going solar is a great idea for anyone from the owner of a large stadium to the owner of a modest residential home. We are optimistic that in the near future every professional sports stadium in the country will be powered by clean, renewable solar energy. Right now, sports fans can follow in the footsteps of their favorite team and go solar themselves! The first step is getting an instant estimate of your property’s solar potential.
Below is a detailed list of the teams and stadiums that have made the switch to solar energy. Continue reading
Solar loans are bridging the gap between purchasing your solar panel system with cash and using a lease or PPA. Like a purchase, a solar loan allows you to own your system and reap the many financial benefits tied to ownership. Like a lease or PPA, it will allow you to go solar with no money down. Today, a host of banks, credit unions and specialty finance companies have emerged presenting a wide range of solar loans. Continue reading
Need Help with Your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions? Solar Power to the Rescue!
It’s that time of year when everyone starts to think about their New Year’s resolutions. We all want to do better, but let’s face it, sometimes just thinking about the resolutions on your list can be overwhelming. Here’s how going solar can help you meet your 2014 goals without a lot of effort, but some awesome results. We can help you make 2014 the year you finally accomplish everything on your list! Continue reading
Sustainability is becoming more and more important, not just to organizations whose missions are focused on it, but also to corporations, non-profits, cities and towns that increasingly feel a social responsibility to embrace it in their own operations. All of this is great news, but what’s even better news is that sustainability isn’t just part of how they operate; it’s becoming part of their culture. More and more organizations are looking beyond their own operations to offer their employees, residents, ratepayers or members turn-key solutions for adopting sustainable practices in their homes or businesses. This includes helping them to adopt solar panel systems and other clean and high efficiency energy systems. And, as always, EnergySage is there to help make shopping for solar photovoltaic systems as easy as possible. Continue reading
Our Go Solar Checklist post provided you with useful information to get you ready to start shopping for your own solar power system. We’ve pulled together a short follow-up checklist below that’s aimed at helping you cross the finish line. Here are a few more things to consider: Continue reading
1. Convince / Help Others to Adopt Solar or Other Clean Technologies
Research shows that consumers are 24% more likely to implement clean energy systems and efficiency upgrades after seeing them themselves, but schedules being what they are, visiting in person isn’t always possible. Your EnergySage case study, however, is available for review 24 / 7 / 365 allowing people to access valuable data about your real-life experiences living with these systems. Continue reading
Now that you know more about SRECs, you’re aware of the significant benefits they can provide. So, right about now, you may be thinking, if a normal size system generates hundreds of dollars a year from SRECS, why not install a much bigger system that could increase that number by a multiple of 10? It seems like the perfect plan. Continue reading
People often think SRECs and net-metering are the same thing, but really, the comparison is like apples to oranges. It’s true that they are both important to getting the best financial results from your solar PV system, but SRECs and net-metering actually have very different, distinct functions. SRECs are a way to put cash in your pockets while net-metering is an efficient way to manage the finances related to your utility bill. Both can have positive financial effects and understanding the difference between the two can help you, as the owner of a solar PV system, to maximize the benefits of both. Here’s how it all works: Continue reading
Nothing has done more to empower consumers than the internet. It’s dramatically changed the way we shop by giving us access to more information and more options. Today, consumers use websites such as Amazon and Expedia that make it easy to get the information needed to comparison shop for almost anything, ensuring that they always get the best deal for the best quality products. To effectively shop for solar panel systems, consumers should apply the same principals. To get the solar PV system, price and financing option that perfectly suits your needs, EnergySage recommends securing multiple quotes from a range of installers. Even if you’ve already gotten a quote, you still should get some additional quotes so that you will have multiple options from which to choose. Having more options will allow you to base your purchase decision on the criteria that matter most to you. Additionally, more quotes also means more competition which is always better for consumers. Continue reading
Neeraj and Archana Aggarwal don’t pay for electricity to power their home. They’re also driving a new BMW and don’t pay one red cent for gasoline. That’s because when they were evaluating solar panel systems for their home, they decided to install a slightly larger system than they originally planned on so that they would be able to power both their home and their new BMW electric car. The increase in the price of this system over the initial one will be paid back in just two years through the savings they’re banking by eliminating their need for gasoline and the additional solar renewable energy credit (SRECs) revenues it will generate. Because their system will last at least another 20 years after that (some last as long as 30 years), the future savings will go right into their pockets for a long time to come. Here’s how their decision played out… Continue reading