Renewable Energy

The best advice on energy efficiency, solar power, wind energy, living off the grid, and more.

Home Solar Value: Analyzing 15 U.S. Cities

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Discussions about solar value are often limited to avoiding electricity costs, and oftentimes neglect the additional market value that these “mini power plants” can add to your home. EnergySage and Sandia National Laboratories conducted an analysis to estimate solar market values in 15 cities across the United States.


Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 2: Electricity

By Christopher James Marshall

This is Part 2 in a series of articles on how I made the transition to off-grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable techniques practiced for thousands of years of human history. The author is currently entering the first winter of full-time off-grid living at his mountain homestead after completing the construction of a small house.


Determine Whether Solar Energy Makes Financial Sense for You

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Does solar energy make financial sense for you? Have a look at these considerations before deciding.


Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 1: Resources

By Christopher James Marshall

This is the first of a series of articles on how I made the transition to off-grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable old-school techniques practiced for thousands of years of human history. Currently I’m entering the first winter of full-time off-grid living at my mountain homestead after completing the construction of my small home.


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Understand Solar Financial Benefits with the Solar Panel Payback Period

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you’re reviewing multiple quotes for solar power, there are plenty of metrics that can help you make a decision about which solar option is best for you, but studies show most solar shoppers rely on one metric in particular: the solar panel payback period.


Can I Go Off the Grid with Solar Batteries?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Energy storage technology is moving closer to mass-market adoption. As solar batteries become cheaper and more accessible for homeowners, more people are wondering, “Can I use solar batteries to go off the grid with my solar panel system?”


Solar Energy Prices at All-Time Low

By Kayla Matthews

The cost of solar power has dropped to its lowest yet, making it a competitive option for residents outside of the solar-happy Southwest.


What is PACE Financing for Home Solar Power?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you want to install a solar energy system on your property, one of the first questions you’ve probably asked is, “how will I pay for it?” In many areas, an increasingly popular option for home energy improvements like solar is property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing.



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