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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 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?

A buyers guide to the 26% federal solar tax credit in 2021

Oliver Sendy

December 13, 2018

A buyers guide to the 26% federal solar tax credit in 2021

Our 2021 Federal Solar Tax Credit guide answers the common questions people have about the tax credit, along with how to calculate the dollar value.

How and why to use solar panels to charge an electric car

Ben Zientara

December 11, 2018

How and why to use solar panels to charge an electric car

Electric cars and home solar panels are a match made in heaven. Just a few panels on your roof can make all the “fuel” your electric vehicle needs - for life.

Everything you need to know about California Net Metering 2.0 in 2021

Zeeshan Hyder

November 27, 2018

Everything you need to know about California Net Metering 2.0 in 2021

While NEM 2.0 slightly reduces the benefits of going solar, it retains the crucial incentive of net metering. Getting a solar system installed now will lock you into NEM 2.0 for 20 years.

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?

Andrew Sendy

November 23, 2018

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

For a basic 5 kilowatt (kW) residential solar installation, this means your solar system will cost $20,000 before the 30 percent federal ITC tax credit, and $14,000 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.

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