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SolarSolar Cells FAQs and Guide

What does a solar cell do? How do solar cells work? What are solar cells made of? How many solar cells are in a solar panel? (Answered)

February 15, 2024
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SolarIs it safe to have solar panels on your roof?

Debunking the side effects and health risks or solar panels, to show why solar is a safe way to generate electricity.

February 15, 2024
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Energy EfficiencySolar Water Heaters: Definition, Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

Everything you need to know about solar water heaters to determine if one is right for your hot water needs, including pros & cons of different options.

February 15, 2024
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EnergySeries vs. Parallel Solar Panel Wiring: What to Know and When to Care

How the way your solar panels are wired together (series or parallel) ultimately affects your energy generation, savings, and overall project ROI.

February 15, 2024
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SolarCan You Install Solar On A Flat Roof?

How a flat roof impacts your solar power journey, including how to evaluate your options and make the best decision for your flat-roofed home.

February 12, 2024
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FinanceHow To Fill Out Form 5695 and Claim the Solar Tax Credit

Step-by-step instructions on how to fill out IRS Form 5695, to claim the Residential Clean Energy Credit on your federal taxes and get the savings you deserve.

February 1, 2024
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StorageDuke Energy PowerPair Program Approved by NCUC

What is Duke Energy's PowerPair Solar and Battery Program? Who is eligible? What are the benefits? Learn the key elements of Duke's new solar+storage program.

January 15, 2024
The words "Avoided Cost Rates" over an image of a lightbulb and a chart, representing the definition of avoided cost rates, avoided costs in net billing vs. net metering, factors that affect rates, the value of solar avoided cost rates, and more.
SolarWhat are Avoided Cost Rates for Solar? (Net Metering and Net Billing)

Definition of Avoided Cost Rates, avoided costs in net billing vs. net metering, factors that affect rates, the value of solar avoided cost rates, and more.

November 27, 2023
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Clean EnergyHow Clean Technology Is Shaping A More Sustainable Future

Clean technology or “cleantech” is helping to reduce the effects of climate change and build a more sustainable future. Learn the main types of clean tech.

September 8, 2023