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

Here is a small PV system designed to take the customers well pump off grid!

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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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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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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 […]

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

Until recently I haven’t known the answer to this big question, who performs better TIGO or Enphase?Answer… TIGO blows Enphase out of the water! I’ve installed many Fronius, SMA and PVpowered String inverter systems as well as Enphase systems and have not seen a definitive advantage to using Enphase accept for applications with partial shade.It […]

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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 after all. My experience […]

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I passed the NABCEP Exam!

I passed my NABCEP PV installer exam!  I was so excited when the certificate came in the mail I shouted “Whoo hooo!” and the guy next door cutting his grass looked at me like I was crazy.  It was a long journey from the time I  decided I want to take the test 2 years ago and countless hours […]

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