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What do we know about Tesla’s solar shingles?

Posted on Nov 18, 2016

SUBMITTED BY CHARLIE SELTZER Excitement is high but details remain scarce. Perspective solar customers and solar professionals eagerly awaited Elon Musk’s unveiling of Tesla’s Integrated Solar Roof in late October. Major media sources covered Tesla’s event and reported Musk’s claim that the integrated solar roof would last longer and cost less than a traditional roof.  Although CONTINUE READING »


Some Recent Solar Installations

Posted on Nov 10, 2015


What Makes a Solar Warranty Good?

Posted on Nov 3, 2014

You’ve done the math and know that solar is a good investment for you so now you’re ready to select a contractor and get your solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed. Before diving in head first, it’s important to know a few things about your solar warranty, since this is one of the most overlooked (and CONTINUE READING »


Is Solar Energy Affordable?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

IS SOLAR ENERGY AFFORDABLE? The truth is — you are already affording it. If you currently spend $200 each month ($2400) a year or $24,000 over the next 10 years and factor in a conservative yearly increase of 4.5% (national average based on PUC-public utilities commission), you will have spent $35,677 with absolutely no return CONTINUE READING »


Cows are like solar panels

Posted on Aug 8, 2014

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”   Last I checked milk costs more than $4 a gallon!  According to CBS News, the price of milk is headed up even higher.   I can’t even imagine what a gallon is going to cost in five or CONTINUE READING »


Check out our interview with Florida Homes

Posted on Jul 29, 2014

See our interview on Florida Homes, a leading site for Florida Real Estate, Georgia real estate, North Carolina real estate & Pensacola, FL homes for sale: The Facts About Going Solar.


How big a solar energy system do I need?

Posted on Jul 28, 2014

The size of solar system you need depends on several factors such as how much electricity you use, the size of your roof (or size of the space available for panels), and how much you’re willing to invest. Also, do you want the system to supply your complete energy usage or to supplant a portion CONTINUE READING »


Batteries

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

Virtually all power generation systems require some form of energy storage.  For grid-tied systems, the utility accepts surplus power and gives it back when needed.  For systems that need to function without the grid, either all of the time or during an outage, a battery bank is required.  In these systems, the solar array charges CONTINUE READING »


How Often Should I Clean My Solar Panels?

Posted on Jun 3, 2014

When someone gets a new rooftop solar installation in the Northwest Florida area, they always ask “how often do I need to clean my solar panels.” Solar panels get dirty primarily from wind-blown dust and pollen. As panels get dirtier, their output declines.  A light dusty film may only cause a 5 percent output decline. CONTINUE READING »


Solar Seasonal Pool Heating – Air Temperature and Solar Radiation

Posted on May 16, 2014

Solar pool heating collectors are designed from different climate zones to maximize heat from the outside air temperature or from direct solar radiation during the day. Some solar collectors like the Heliocol, SunStar or FAFCO SunSaver ST are designed like car radiators as they allow the air to flow through the loose tubes or gaps CONTINUE READING »