Mayors Worldwide Sign Climate Charter At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to… read more →
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To encourage taxpayers to reduce both their energy usage and carbon footprint, many states, along with the federal government, offer tax credit incentives against the purchase cost of solar energy… read more →
A limitation of a grid-tied system is that when the grid is down or power is lost, the solar energy system cannot be used, since any electricity running through the system can be dangerous to the technicians working on the lines. Redman says that more and more homeowners are showing an interest in hybrid solar energy systems. These systems can be grid-tied and also operate to provide energy if the grid is down since they include a battery back-up component that allows for excess energy storage.
Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season. Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day.