Category: Education

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Tara Grant
8 min. read time
The History of Solar Energy Part 2

In our last learning series on the history of solar energy, we started from the very beginning and ending with the launching of solar energy into space! What came next? That’s exactly what you’re about to find out in part 2 of the history of solar energy. Still on the search for a useable solar…

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Education
Tara Grant
6 min. read time
The History of Solar Energy Part 1

Do you ever wonder how humans started using the power of the sun to get things done? The sun has been around a lot longer than we have, so you can imagine the history of sun power is pretty extensive. So in part 1 of this ADT Solar educational series, we’re going to take you…

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Education
Tara Grant
5 min. read time
Believe it or not! 7 Illuminating Solar Powered Facts

1. How many solar panels would it take to power the entire world? To meet the world’s current electricity consumption, we’d need 51.428 BILLION solar panels (using 350W solar panels). That seems like a LOT. But let’s look at it another way. For that many solar panels, we would need 191,000 square miles of land.…

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Education
Tara Grant
14 min. read time
The Guide to Renewable vs. Non-renewable Energy Sources

You may have heard of the terms renewable and non-renewable energy before, but what do they actually mean? Simply put, renewable energy is energy produced from sources that do not deplete or can be replenished within a human’s lifetime.(1) Non-renewable energy is the opposite. Sources that will at some point run out. To find out…

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Tara Grant
3 min. read time
Are Solar Panels Worth It?

When it comes to big purchases- such as a new vehicle, a house, or even perhaps plane tickets for a vacation- you want to be sure that what you’re purchasing is worth what you’re paying. When it comes to solar energy, you may be wondering something similar. Are solar panels worth the price? Well, we’re…

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Education
Tara Grant
2 min. read time
Solar Panels in Cold Weather Still Keep You Warm

Solar Panels in Cold Weather Work! With the recent early season Artic Blast we wanted to “clear the air” on the performance of solar panels in the colder months. One common misconception is that solar panels in cold weather aren’t as productive as they are in warm weather. With the weather quickly changing we are…

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Education
Tara Grant
8 min. read time
The History of Solar Panels

When we think of solar power today, we often think of renewable energy in general. Or maybe we think of sustainable living. Or perhaps we even think of the Federal Solar Tax Credit. But how did we get to where we are today with solar technology? What took place? What challenges had to be faced,…

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Tara Grant
4 min. read time
Solar Panel Cost: What You Need to Know

If you were ever thinking about adding solar panels to your home, now may be the time. The solar panel cost for installations is dropping across the nation. In fact, researchers with the Solar Energy Industry Association say solar panel costs are down about 70 percent since 2012. This may finally provide you the chance…

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Kristie Moser
4 min. read time
Solar Panel Costs – 5 Factors To Look At

You know what they say: You have to spend money to make money. Before you can reap the benefits of a lower electric bill you’ll have to cover the price tag of your solar panel installation. There’s no question installing solar panels on your home is more affordable than ever, but your salesperson may fail…

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Education
Kristie Moser
4 min. read time
Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

There are two main different types of solar panels, monocrystalline vs polycrystalline. But what do those words mean to you? All solar panels are made up of silicon solar cells. Those cells are made from silicon crystals. The silicon is made when a silicon ‘seed’ is placed in a vat of molten silicon. The difference…

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Kristie Moser
3 min. read time
What is Net Metering? Why Does it Matter?

The laws regarding solar panel installations and solar net metering policies can vary drastically from state to state. Many of these legislative measures are designed to encourage people to install solar panels on their property to produce electricity. Some states may offer tax credits or property tax breaks, while others may have state promoted Renewable…

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