Archive for November, 2010

Solar Doesn’t Rest for the Holidays: Our Top Ten Solar Gift Ideas

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Are you looking for that special holiday gift for your family and friends? We debated about which solar gifts were worthy of our top ten solar gift ideas honors. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down to 10 because there are just a lot of new solar products that have come on the market. Ties and perfume are so 20th century. You need an eco gift this year. There are solar energy gifts for many practical uses and solar gifts for every budget. And please don’t call them solar gadgets; these are practical solar applications to bring civilization closer without affecting the climate. These solar products can be used in the home or in your garden–and even if you need a solar charger for a backpacking trip.

Discount Solar Panels Rock!

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I take no pride in writing this blog post about discount solar panels because no matter how hard we try to persuade our customers to look past cost, by and large, they are not convinced. In the last several months, the single most important criterion for our customers in purchasing home solar panels is price. There are numerous ways to differentiate solar modules. We have even introduced a solar panel comparison to alert you to significant differences in the panels that we sell. Of course, the essential difference is expected output, and you will want to look at efficiency and the PTC rating (PVUsa Test Conditions) to come up with an estimate of what your solar panels will produce over the life of the panels. There are other parameters that you may want to consider, such as size and weight. Aesthetics, that is the look of the panels, is no small matter if you live in a trendy area and your southern facing roof is visible from the street. But as we have been looking at the results from the past several months, we have noticed one unmistakable trend: our customers love low cost panels.

The Day After Solar Hangover

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The sea change that occurred yesterday in the elections has the solar industry abuzz in speculation and trepidation. There is much analysis and a lot more guess work at play, but the political developments should focus the mind on what can be done. The first clue is what the lame duck Congress will try to do. We already know that cap and trade is a nonstarter, but some remnants of an energy bill may be pushed forward before the new Congress convenes in January. Many solar industry analysts are watching for a particular piece of legislation known as the Treasury Grant program.