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Climate Change and Solar Power

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A long, long time ago, before home solar power was about saving money on your monthly electric bill, the main motivation for going solar was environmental. Before anyone was talking about “reducing their carbon footprint,” homeowners invested in solar energy systems with the goal of doing just that. Today, as the effects of man-made global… read more

Solarize Massachusetts was a Success!

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Overwhelming participation in the Solarize Mass program means over 190 homeowners will be reducing their utility bills with over 1400 kW of clean solar power combined. The program was successful in reaching the lowest price tier of $3.44 per Watt for everyone who participated. While this exceptional price is no longer available since the program… read more

Shining More Light on Energy Efficiency and Green Building

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This article was contributed by Samantha Alexander, contributor to the blog. The blog serves as a resource center for insurance consumers and homebuyers across the country. Going solar produces obvious benefits for the environment and for your pocketbook – you already know you can save money while eliminating or at least reducing your… read more

Bike To Work Day – May 17th

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Join Real Goods Solar in pledging to bike to work tomorrow, May 17th! Related posts: Bike-Friendly Cities in the USA Bicycle Commute Timelapse Pros and Cons of Renewable Energy Sources Shining More Light on Energy Efficiency and Green Building… read more

America’s Real Problem with Solar Energy

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Each day, our industry sits down and whittles the unsightly knots off the tree we call solar energy. We, as a group, spend more time than we should pointing to one of a growing number of reasons why solar energy isn’t taking hold in America: that perhaps our government incentives were cut too quickly, that… read more

Home Solar in Rhode Island Becoming More Accessible

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Calling all Rhode Islanders interested in solar! Contact us for a free solar quote and consultation soon for the best chance to take advantage of these funds. 2013 is already ushering in some good news for those interested in home solar in Rhode Island. Previously available only to commercial and affordable housing solar PV projects,… read more

State of the Solar Union, 2012

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On November 2nd, the Solar Foundation announced that the U.S. solar industry employs 119,016 Americans across all 50 states. This figure represents the addition of 13,872 new solar jobs and a 13.2 percent employment growth rate over the past 12 months. During the same period, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that employment in the… read more

Dealing With Snow on Your Roof-Mounted Solar Panels

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During the winter months in parts of California, Colorado and the Northeast, snow buildup on your roof and your home solar panels is common. While snow will temporarily inhibit your home’s solar energy production, we do not recommend climbing ladders or getting on the roof to manually remove the snow from your panels. Getting up… read more

State of the Solar Union, 2011

In an economy plagued by high unemployment and slow growth, the solar industry continues to experience healthy expansion with an optimistic future. A recent jobs census shows that the solar industry employs more than 100,000 Americans, double the number since 2009. This group is more than are employed in either steel production or coal mining (not including transportation and power… read more

Colorado Springs’ First Solar Farm

For David Amster-Olszewski, it was a realized dream, attended by Governor John Hickenlooper and supported by the crowd of hundreds that turned out for the groundbreaking ceremony of his company’s first project. For RGS Energy (the commercial division of Real Goods Solar), it was approximately the 12,000th time mounting the first solar panel in an… read more

Grid-Tied Solar System Basics

Most of our customers’ solar installations are grid-tied, which means they are connected to the utility. The solar panels on their roof- or ground-mounted arrays collect energy from the sun and generate DC electricity, which is converted to AC electricity and used for their homes’ electricity needs. Any excess energy is fed through their utility… read more

Severe Weather and Your Solar Panels

With Hurricane Irene quickly approaching the Northeast, the team at Real Goods Solar (formerly Alteris Renewables) wanted to reassure customers that their photovoltaic systems were designed, engineered and installed to all applicable building codes and engineering standards for their location and environment. You do not need to take any extra measures to secure your solar… read more

How Will Solar Panel Shading Affect Your Home Solar Plans?

I’m about to tell you something that you probably didn’t think you would ever hear from a solar contractor…your home or business may not be a good fit for solar. That’s right, I said it! Yes, solar electric systems can reduce or eliminate your electric bill, but not every location works for solar. While there… read more