Solar Loans: The Best of Both Worlds

Solar LoansSolar 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 Resolutions? Solar Power to the Rescue!

Need Help with Your 2014 New Year's Resolutions? Solar Power to the Rescue!

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

EnergySage is helping Organizations Expand Their Sustainability Efforts With Custom Solar Programs

partnership-programSustainability 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

Top Five Things To Do with Your EnergySage Case Study

Top 5 Things to Do With Your EnergySage Case Study1.  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

Solar Renewable Energy Credits: More Is Better, But Not Too Much

SRECNow 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

Improving the ROI of Your Solar Power System: The Role of SRECs vs. Net-metering

The Role of SRECs vs. Net-meteringPeople 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

Do Not Shop for Solar Power Without EnergySage (Whether You Buy Through Us or Not)

BIDDINGNothing 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

Boot Your Electric Bill and Your Gasoline Bills with New Solar Panels and a Brand New BMW Electric Car

bmwi3Neeraj 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

Need a New Car? Combining Solar Panels and Electric Cars Makes Perfect Financial Sense

electric-carsShopping for a new car? If you’re looking for one that makes the most financial sense, you should definitely consider an electric car. With high and volatile gas prices, many car shoppers are exploring alternative fuel vehicles such as hybrid or electric cars. On first blush, these cars may seem more expensive, but if you conduct a full “cost of ownership” analysis, the gap narrows considerably and electric cars may even come out ahead. What’s really amazing, though, is what happens to the cost of owning and operating an electric car when the electricity you use to fuel it is produced by a solar panel system installed at your home or business.  When you add solar panels to the mix, the electric car becomes incredibly economical. Here’s how it works: Continue reading