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We provide information and tools needed to make an informed decision regarding the installation of a solar electric (PV) power system for your home or small business. Use the Solar Power Calculator to approximate the size and cost of a solar electric system that meets your needs. Then Find a Solar Installer and arrange a site visit - which is the best way of getting an accurate quote. It is free, with no obligation.

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Residential Solar and the New 30% Federal Tax Credit

As it is approaching tax time we thought it might make sense to give people some help finding information on the new tax regulations regarding solar PV installation on your home which arose from the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.  Probably the best place to start for basic information and tax forms is the

Kill A Watt™ - Solar Home Accessories

Recently, our friends at Akeena Solar (the California based Solar installer) gave us a Kill A Watt™ tool which is a handy complement to a solar photovoltaic system.  With electricity bills generally rising, it is a great idea to find out exactly how much energy individual appliances in your house are using.  Simply connect these appliances to the Kill A Watt™, and it will assess how efficient they really are.  The display will count consumption by the K

Investment Tax Credit Extension: A Silver Lined Cloud in an Otherwise Stormy Month

One of the unexpected benefits of the $700 billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (2008) that was approved by the government and signed earlier last month by President Bush was the inclusion of the new 8-year, 30% investment tax credit (ITC) for utility scale, commercial and residential solar power systems.

Top 10 Myths About Solar Electric for The Home

  1. You Can Get an Accurate Quote over the Phone.  Pricing a Solar Electric System requires detailed measurements of the roof and positioning of your home - combined with an analysis of the utility electric tariff structures in your area and your consumption patterns.  While many assumptions can be made to come up with a quick assessment of the price