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Want to take your home off grid?

Can you actually take your home off the grid?  This seems to be the holy grail of solar fans everywhere.  The answer is yes, but it’s easier said than done.  (See my previous post about off-grid systems for some background). If you have utility power and want to have off-grid capacity in case of a […]

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Solar Owners Fear Squirrel Apocolypse!

Yes, I said squirrel apocalypse! These furry monsters can be harbingers of destruction to your solar array.This past spring we’ve had three calls from customers whose solar arrays were not working properly.In all three cases a service call quickly determined that squirrels had made a nest under the array and chewed through the pv wire.Why they […]

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Taking your Well Pump Off Grid is a Viable Solar Option!

Let’s say the grid goes down for an extended period of time. The first day or two isn’t so bad.But now you are in survival mode.You may have a grill, propane, or wood for a fire.So you have heat and can cook.But how long will you last without water?Where will you get it once what […]

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Solar Buyers Beware! Three stories from the front lines. Don’t let this be you!

I think we as Americans in general have all heard the saying, “Buyer beware!”  For a solar customer this is no exception.  In my years in the industry I have for the most part met fellow industry workers whom I can only describe as very kind, passionate, responsible colleagues.  From what I’ve seen, the majority understand […]

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An Explanation of Solar Tax Credits offered to NC Home Owners

To get the quickest pay back on your solar system you will want to take full advantage of any tax credits available.  I’ve outlined the basics about the personal Federal and State Solar tax credits available to North Carolinians and noted a few things that are often overlooked.  Understanding these rules and knowing your personal […]

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Thoughts on the Solar Industry’s black eye called Solyndra.

The Solyndra debacle has recently become a black eye for The American Solar Industry.A black eye that has not gone away and one that I fear will not go away for some time because the issue is now being used as a political football with a presidential election one year away.There many solar “nay Sayers” […]

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Hurricane Irene makes solar owners think, “What If?”

The area that got hit hardest was the coast.But for the rest of us hurricane Irene was a close call.However it got me and thousands of others thinking “what if?” and go re-read our homeowners insurance policies.So are you covered?If you haven’t now is a good time to check.It’s important that you notify your HO […]

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TIGO vs Enphase? (TIGO wins…big time!)

Should I use TIGO or Enphase? I’ve been in the solar industry for 4 years and have heard this question over and over industry people as well as customers. Not wanting to seem a pushy salesman I’ve always tried to empower my customers with information and let them make their own decision. The customer is always right […]

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Thinking of going off the grid? Here’s what you can expect.

“Why can’t I just go off the grid?”  That’s a question I hear from about a third of the people who call me interested in solar.  Some of them are very persistent as well.  “If I’m paying thousands of dollars for solar panels I want them to work in case of a power outage.”  A […]

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