What Size Solar Electric System Do I Need?

“What size solar electric system do I need, if my house is 2,000 square feet?”  This is the question that we are asked, more than any other question.  The reality is that the solar electric system size has nothing to do with the size or square footage of your home.  It is strictly based on the amount of electricity that you use (kilowatt hours), each month. In order to properly size your solar...

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What is “Solar Rights” Law or a “Solar Easement”?

The  California Solar Rights Act allows for solar easements for solar energy systems on properties which are not owned by the owner. In other words,  if the appropriate steps are taken,  the solar host airspace above the P.V. system is guaranteed to be free of shade from vegetation growth, increased building heights as a result of: remodeling, and construction of new buildings on adjacent...

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Leasing a solar electric system, what can I expect?

Solar leasing has exploded onto the scene and has quickly become the finance method of choice for residential solar electric systems all across the US. Simply put, the solar lease provides the benefit of a lower electric bill with little or no up-front cost to the consumer, and when executed properly the lease payment should always be less than what the solar electric system offsets on your...

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ATTN: Southern California Edison customers, rebate dropping soon

By Ron Mulick If you are a SCE (Southern California Edison) residential customer, then you only have a few weeks (or maybe only days), to file an application for the incentive at the present level of $0.65/watt of installed system. It is projected that the rebate will be dropping down to the next level of $0.35 by April 1st. 2012. The rebate at its current rate of 65 cents per watt will yield...

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