Solar batteries

sonnen batteries: everything you need to know

Catherine Lane

October 3, 2020

sonnen batteries: everything you need to know

Everything you need to know about sonnen batteries, including their technical specifications, pros and cons, and how much they cost.

How solar battery backup systems work

Dan Hahn

September 28, 2020

How solar battery backup systems work

In this article, we review the process and needed equipment for solar powered battery backup systems to function well in your home.

What’s new with California’s SGIP battery rebate in 2021?

Catherine Lane

July 16, 2020

What’s new with California’s SGIP battery rebate in 2021?

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides a hefty rebate for solar battery installations to homeowners.

Tesla solar roof: Updates and costs compared to conventional solar

Catherine Lane

April 14, 2020

Tesla solar roof: Updates and costs compared to conventional solar

The Tesla solar roof has changed over the years. What’s the latest solar roof news and is it worth the cost? The answer may surprise you!

Is a DC or AC battery right for your solar home?

Ben Zientara

April 7, 2020

Is a DC or AC battery right for your solar home?

Comparing DC and AC solar batteries and providing guidance on which is better for your home solar installation.

SPI 2019: Top solar trends at America's biggest solar event

Aditya Gautam

October 29, 2019

SPI 2019: Top solar trends at America's biggest solar event

We’ve covered the top trends at North America’s biggest solar industry conference.

California boosts SGIP battery incentives in response to wildfires

Catherine Lane

October 9, 2019

California boosts SGIP battery incentives in response to wildfires

CPUC’s recent changes to battery storage rebate program, SGIP, aim to help low-income, high fire risk communities.

Investing in solar energy: What return can you get on your solar investment?

Andrew Sendy

April 11, 2019

Investing in solar energy: What return can you get on your solar investment?

Need to know the return on investment before making a big commitment like solar for your home. Here are the costs, incentives, savings and payback.

Do solar panels work on cloudy days or at night?

Andrew Sendy

January 24, 2019

Do solar panels work on cloudy days or at night?

We explain in simple English how solar panels work, how well they work on cloudy days and climates, and whether they work at night.

Exploring the best Tesla Powerwall alternatives in 2021

Andrew Sendy

December 20, 2018

Exploring the best Tesla Powerwall alternatives in 2021

Tesla Powerwall rules the US market—but is another brand better for your needs? Here are the reviews and pros & cons for the Sonnen Eco, LG Chem Resu and BYD B-Box. All have some great features that make them worth a closer look...

The federal solar tax credit: all your questions answered

Andrew Sendy

December 13, 2018

The federal solar tax credit: all your questions answered

Learn the requirements, how it works, when you claim it, which forms to submit, and how it affects your taxes.

How to wire solar panels in series vs. parallel

Andrew Sendy

October 15, 2018

How to wire solar panels in series vs. parallel

It’s important to know how to wire solar panels because it will influence how much energy your solar system produces. Find out if wiring in series or parallel, or both, is best for you.