Solar panels

Solar panels generate electricity to power your home. Our solar panel resources tell you everything you need to know about installing solar panels.

Exploring the best Tesla Powerwall alternatives in 2023

Andrew Sendy

December 20, 2018

Exploring the best Tesla Powerwall alternatives in 2023

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 cost of charging a Tesla—and how it compares to gas vehicles

Andrew Sendy

December 18, 2018

The cost of charging a Tesla—and how it compares to gas vehicles

The cost varies depending on if its a Model 3, Model X or Model S, where you charge the battery, and if you use a solar-powered or Level 2 charging stations. Which is cheapest overall?

Complete guide to the 2023 federal solar tax credit

Catherine Lane

December 13, 2018

Complete guide to the 2023 federal solar tax credit

Our 2023 Federal Solar Tax Credit guide answers the common questions people have about the tax credit, along with how to calculate the dollar value.

Who makes the best premium residential solar panels: SunPower vs LG Solar vs Panasonic?

Zeeshan Hyder

November 26, 2018

Who makes the best premium residential solar panels: SunPower vs LG Solar vs Panasonic?

These 3 brands dominate the premium end of the residential solar panel market. Let’s see how they compare on cost, warranty, efficiency, and performance.

How much do solar panels cost in Chicago, IL and what is the payback period?

Ben Zientara

November 23, 2018

How much do solar panels cost in Chicago, IL and what is the payback period?

For a basic 6 kilowatt (kW) residential solar installation, this means your solar system will cost $14,820 before the 26 percent federal ITC tax credit, and $10,966 after the credit is applied.

Solar batteries: Are they worth the cost?

Catherine Lane

November 18, 2018

Solar batteries: Are they worth the cost?

A breakdown of how solar batteries work and what factors influence solar battery cost.

What solar incentives are available in California in 2020 and how much will they save you?

Dan Hahn

November 16, 2018

What solar incentives are available in California in 2020 and how much will they save you?

Solar incentives, tax credits, and rebates are available in California to help make going solar more affordable. Find out which ones you might be eligible for.

Massachusetts SMART program explained

Catherine Lane

October 29, 2018

Massachusetts SMART program explained

Massachusetts’ SMART program is the state’s latest solar incentive program, designed to put money in your pocket and promote solar development.

Can you install solar panels on a flat roof? How much is output and cost affected?

Andrew Sendy

October 19, 2018

Can you install solar panels on a flat roof? How much is output and cost affected?

Are you still able to install solar panels on your flat roof? The short answer is YES!

Where can I compare solar panel prices online?

Andrew Sendy

October 19, 2018

Where can I compare solar panel prices online?

Homeowners around the country are discovering the cost-effective, environmentally-friendly benefits of solar power for homes. Between 2006 and 2016, residential solar power installations in the United States increased by an average rate of 59% each year.

Solar panel cost and payback period in Denver, Colorado

Andrew Sendy

October 18, 2018

Solar panel cost and payback period in Denver, Colorado

For most homeowners, reasons to install a solar system in Denver Colorado break down into personal priorities. Many people are motivated by environmental concerns. Others are driven by the idea of being more self-reliant. One thing they all have in common

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.