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Tesla Powerwalls in California join the movement to create virtual power plants

Made up of distributed residential energy storage, these “plants” stabilize the grid and often end the need for new fossil generation. Tesla customers in California are the latest to join the movement.


Solar 101: How to pay for your rooftop solar investment

The out-of-pocket cost for a solar power system can be pretty high. We take a look at bank loans, on-the-spot finance, third-party ownership, and the benefits of using cold, hard cash.


Solar 101: Tips for keeping your rooftop solar system humming over the long term

Solar O&M comes down to mechanical rooftop connections, electrical solar panel connections, panel and connection temperatures, and inverters. Here are four possible plans of attack.


Solar 101: Accessorize your rooftop PV with batteries, panels, and EV chargers

Rooftop solar is just the start, as energy storage, smart electrical panels, and EV chargers enter the mainstream for solar owners. Here’s a guide to matching your solar array with some of the most popular accessories.


Do engineers dream of solar panel efficiency?

A true next generation of solar cell technology is upon us. It is time to contemplate the benefits.

Solar 101: ‘Goldilocks’ your PV project to make it just right

Too big? Too small? Just right? Many factors need to be considered when deciding how large or small to make your rooftop solar array.


Solar 101: The brains behind the beauty of your solar power system

In addition to converting the output of PV panels from DC to AC, inverters now perform a number of other functions, such as maximizing electricity generation, assessing performance and even shutting down in emergencies.


Solar 101: It all comes down to curb appeal

The residential solar industry has taken notice of the demand for beautiful, hidden panels, and is now providing creative and attractive designs that you can incorporate into your rooftop solar project.


Takeaways from the PVEL 2021 reliability scorecard

The annual publication from PV Evolution Labs shares results from solar panel stress tests focused on specified and verified bills of materials.

Solar makes a lot of sense at ground level, too

Solar projects that support native grasses can sequester more carbon than farmland alone.