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The Importance of Discounting Future Solar Savings

If you're not applying a discount rate, you're likely misrepresenting the financial returns of solar energy. We explain why and how to use a discount rate.

Samuel AdeyemoSamuel Adeyemo

California’s New Smart Inverter Requirements: What “Rule 21” Means for Solar Design

California is the first U.S. state to require the use of smart inverters in solar systems. We explain 'Rule 21' and how your solar projects can comply.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

How Virtual Net Metering Opens New Markets of Solar Customers

Virtual net metering makes solar energy accessible to groups that have largely been left out to date. We explain what it is and how it serves these groups.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Solar Design Lessons from the 2017 Solar Decathlon Winners

The U.S. Solar Decathlon challenges student teams to build solar-powered houses. We explore the top designs from the 2017 competition.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

What Makes a Solar Sales Proposal Successful? 5 Tips for Proposals that Close

Your sales proposal for a solar PV system is what the customer will have as they decide between you and competitors. These tips will make it more effective.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

11 Clever Solar House Designs from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017

The U.S. Solar Decathlon challenges college teams to build energy-efficient houses powered exclusively by solar energy. We modeled the designs in Aurora.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

How Solar Customers Save Money: A Beginner’s Guide to Net Energy Metering

Lower electric bills are one of the biggest selling points of installing a solar PV system. But how exactly does adding solar provide these savings?

Trevor HouseTrevor House

Your Solar Finance Primer: What to Know About the Top Four Solar Financing Options

A solar project is a significant investment for most customers. Fortunately, there are a number of financing options to go solar without breaking the bank.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Evaluating Solar Financing Options: Factors for Your Customer to Consider

How do the different financing options for installing solar compare? We evaluate cash, loans, leases and PPAs and explain the key considerations for each.

Trevor HouseTrevor House

Financial Incentives for Installing Solar: A Beginner’s Guide

Installing solar may be far less expensive than you think. We've compiled the details on federal and state incentives that can dramatically cut the cost.

Trevor HouseTrevor House