The Best Home Improvement Value: Solar

How does a solar installation compare to other home improvement projects? A complete solar panel system installation is much like any home improvement or construction project. A project of this size requires permitting, organization, project management, and financial investment. A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL) found that solar systems add value to… read more

Proposed Solar Tariff Moves Forward

America's Original Solar Company

Solar Tariff Proposal Makes it to the Next Round This morning the members of the United States International Trade Commission (US ITC) unanimously decided that imported photovoltaic cells (PV panels) pose a threat to domestic solar panel manufacturing. This decision could result in a per-watt tariff increase on foreign-manufactured solar panels. The US ITC will… read more

Rhode Island Electric Rates Set to Increase

Hike!  Unfortunately its a hike in electric rates and not football. Nationally, electric rates increase an average of 4% every year! Sometimes utilities and regulators will approve additional rate increases in specific areas. Recently, regulators and the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC), voted in favor of a new rate hike to take effect October… read more

A+ for RGS Energy Installation

It’s time to go back to school And here at RGS Energy we never stop learning or teaching! Since 1982 we’ve produced the Solar Living Sourcebook – the essential guide to energy independence – and have supported environmental education in local communities. Our partnerships with various non-profit organizations such as the Audubon Society of Rhode… read more

RGS Energy Features sonnenBatterie

Renewable Generation & Storage We are excited to announce we’ve teamed up with Sonnen to offer smart battery solutions to residential customers! The RGS in RGS Energy stands for Real Goods Solar, but now that we offer a storage solution, we like to think the RGS could stand for Renewable Generation and Storage…    … read more

How does a battery work with solar?

Solar on Demand Own Your Power™ When paired with rooftop solar, batteries provide a clean and reliable way to further decrease your home’s reliance on traditional power. The current generation of batteries are maintenance free, feature highly programmable intelligence software, and aesthetics to complement any home. Batteries dominate industry news these days. So, you’ve probably… read more

Solar Eclipse of the Heart

Solar Eclipse of the Heart  Is that not how the song goes? It’s been rumored that Bonnie Tyler will sing Total Eclipse of the Heart during the Solar Eclipse… You’ve all heard the rare total solar eclipse is taking place today Monday, August 21st, when the moon will completely block the sun. This is the… read more

Solarize Granby Program Extended

Deadline: August 9th NOW August 26th!  The Solarize Granby program has been extended until August 26th so you can take advantage of this amazing limited-time discounted pricing! Don’t wait. There has never been a better time to go solar in Granby, Connecticut. Visit Solarize Granby for a no-obligation assessment!  What are Granby residents saying about solar?   … read more

Solar Makes Dollars & Sense for the Addessi Family

Solar Makes Dollars & Sense We write this to tell you how delighted we are with the solar project installed by RGS Energy. It’s been approximately four years since going live, and all of RGS Energy’s projections have been exceeded to this point.  Per the proposal received in January of 2013, projections were that the… read more

RGS Energy Recognized as a Top Solar Contractor

RGS Recognized as a Top Solar Contractor   We are proud to be named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine! RGS Energy Rankings: Top 500 Solar Contractor Top 100 Residential Solar Contractor Top 20 Solar Contractor in Colorado The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power… read more

Bright Future for Cranston with Solarize RI

Bright Future for Cranston, Rhode Island By Brittany Schibi Here at RGS Energy, we love solar and supporting local communities. We have a distinguished team of professionals looking to better the planet and teach people the solar process. Selling some of the first retail solar in the U.S. in 1978, we can confidently say we… read more

Summertime, when the solar living’s easy.

Summertime, when the solar living’s easy. Summer Solstice and Solar FOMO As you might guess, the first day of summer (or the Summer Solstice) is one of our favorite days to celebrate here at America’s Original Solar Company®. Why? Besides the fact that we just love summer and all things sunny, it’s the “longest” day… read more

Granby’s First Solarize Installation

Solarize Granby in Full Swing! By Brittany Schibi With the weather getting nicer, the sun shining and at its peak production, now is the time to go solar! Programs sparked by the Connecticut Green Bank make it easy to educate yourself on the benefits that come from harnessing the sun’s energy. RGS Energy has partnered… read more

Double the Energy, Double the Fun

solar is clean energy graphic

Double the Energy, Double the Fun as Enphase Energy hosted a presentation at RGS Energy this past Tuesday. Energy Abundance Enphase Energy, a leading solar microinverter company,  presented the latest microinverter technologies to our sales and engineering teams at RGS Energy HQ in Denver, Colorado, last Tuesday. As one of the earliest adopters of Enphase… read more

Wine & Sunshine: Solar Powered Vineyard Hosts Solarize Event

Wine and Sunshine by Brittany Schibi RGS Energy has been working closely with the town of Granby, CT in hopes of educating and assisting residents in the transition to solar power. We have partnered with Solarize CT to advance solar adoption in Granby and the response to the program has been outstanding. People are just… read more

RGS at Westport Dog Festival

Reduce Your Carbon Paw-Print by Brittany Schibi Over this past weekend our Solar Consultant, Kathryn Saphire, set out to meet with customers and make some furry friends at the 2nd Annual Westport Dog Festival held at Winslow Park in Westport, CT. The festival grew in attendance from last year’s turn out, drawing more than 2,000… read more

Earth Day Events Sunny, Despite the Rain

It’s Always Sunny on Earth Day!  by Julie Serafini RGS Energy made quite an impression this past Earth day week of celebrations. From inflatable solar lanterns, RGS Energy’s sunflower planting basket,  to showing off the infamous triple black panels that compliment your roof, Earth Day has been sunny despite the constant New England rain and… read more

Earth Day Green Team

Ain’t no party like an Earth Day party …cause an Earth Day party don’t stop. (At least here at RGS Energy) Earth Day emerged out of a counter-cultural grassroots environmental movement in 1970. On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans took to the streets to rally for sustainable living and to protest the overall degradation… read more

Coal is History

Kentucky Coal Museum Goes with Solar In an ironic turn of events, an historic coal-mining town in Kentucky turns towards solar power. The small town of Benham, Kentucky, will have solar panels installed on their Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in an effort to cut overall costs. They will save close to $10,000 per year with the… read more

Creating Energy about Solar

By Julie Serafini RGS Created Energy at the Rhode Island Home & Garden Show! The RGS Energy team is touring home and garden shows all over New England this spring. Last weekend our solar energy consultants, Ed O’Brien and Burk Weilburg, were enthusiastically meeting homeowners and building owners at the Rhode Island Home and Garden… read more