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Green News Round-Up

June 7, 2018

This article summarizes top three green energy news headlines that caught our eye this week, from scientific developments in solar technology to electric vehicle (EV) growth to American’s perceptions of renewable energy sources.

Solar Technology

Time article explores research into an experimental technology that could, if proven to be commercially viable, transform the science of solar power.

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What Is Off Grid Solar Power?

May 31, 2018

The idea of going off the grid to achieve energy independence is appealing to many people. Who doesn’t want to declare freedom from their utility? Before you decide whether energy self-reliance is right for you, it is helpful to understand the trade-offs between a completely off-grid solar power system compared to a grid-interconnected system (with or without battery backup).

Considerations
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Solar and Taxes

April 12, 2018

It is officially April! Spring weather, sunshine, Earth Day, and…. tax day. But we have good news. You can utilize that Texas sunshine by going solar, and get a federal solar panel tax credit equivalent to 30 percent off your entire system cost.* SunPower has broken down the details and created a quick guide for basic

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Solar Art Day

April 5, 2018

We were fortunate to have Carol Flueckiger, an artist and Associate Professor of Art at Texas Tech University, visit our headquarters office this afternoon to deliver a hands-on Solar Powered Painting workshop to our team. The technique she has perfected over two decades uses the sun’s exposure to create cyanotype prints on

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How A Backup Generator Can Help You Prepare for The Unexpected

March 15, 2018

We depend on electricity more than ever before, yet we often take our power for granted. Our lights, heating and cooling systems, electronics, computers, cell phones, and other appliances cannot function without electric power. Most of the time, the electrical grid in Texas is reliable and delivers power to our homes without interruption. However, an energy outrage could be just

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10 Facts About Solar Power

March 15, 2018

Harnessing the power of the sun with solar panels is a clean, efficient, and affordable way to run your home or business. Here are a few basic facts about and advantages of solar energy.

1. Solar power is the most abundant energy source on Earth.

Every hour, more solar energy hits the earth than all of humanity needs for an

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Wrong Marfa is Right for Solar Power

March 1, 2018

If you ever find yourself at the flashing traffic light in the main intersection of downtown Marfa, walk a block south and then turn right. When you see the supersized orange neon horseshoe in front of an old church, you will know you’re at the wrong spot. Make that the Wrong Store. If you get there

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Businesses Continue to Choose Renewable Energy

February 22, 2018

In a recent article, GreenBiz noted the corporate sector’s continued push towards renewable energy. Demand is growing as companies work to meet the expectations of stakeholders to improve sustainability efforts, while taking advantage of falling prices.

As noted by GreenBiz, businesses committed to 3,110 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar via power purchase agreements (PPA) last

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10 Questions Homeowners Should Ask A Solar Company

February 2, 2018

Putting solar panels on your roof is a decision that should not be made lightly. You will need to consider which solar company to go with, what kind of panels, where to put them, how much of your electricity to offset, whether to finance the system, the list goes on. Partnering with the solar provider you can trust is key

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7 Questions Organizations Should Ask A Solar Provider

January 19, 2018

Making the decision to go solar can be a confusing, intimidating process. It can be difficult to decide on the solar power system design, which solar panel to go with, how to finance the project, what warranty is best, the list goes on. Partnering with a trustworthy solar provider is crucial to a successful project. SunPower suggests the

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West Texas Artist Chooses Solar for Our Future

January 8, 2018

Carolyn Macartney’s work as a photographer and filmmaker has attracted acclaim and awards the world over. Recently she has taken an interest in painting signs and solar energy. She bounced around the globe before settling in Alpine, Texas two years ago. Carolyn fills her days blending her entertainment and her artistic calling by painting everything from

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Our 10 Favorite Solar Installations of 2017

December 28, 2017

This is the season for reflection, gratitude, new beginnings, and of course making lists! As we look back on the past year, we thought it would be fun to highlight our team’s ten favorite Freedom Solar installations over the past twelve months. We are proud of every project and the positive impact each has on our customers’ electricity bills and

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Austin Engineer Looks Back on First Year with Solar

November 22, 2017

Jerry Barnes is a semi-retired civil engineer and grandfather who moved to Texas with his wife Shelley, a nurse, 12 years ago. After 32 years in Oregon, he was ready to escape the cold, wet winters and to be able to play golf year-round. When two of his sons in Portland put solar panels on their homes, Jerry became interested

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Willie Nelson – Texan, Storyteller, Activist

October 26, 2017

Willie Nelson’s life can be understood as an exercise in storytelling. His music traffics in characters and scenes, tragedies and triumphs, and his legend grows from eight decades of tall tales about the man himself. Of the stories he’s told on wax over the years, some of our favorites here at Freedom Solar are “Red Headed Stranger,” “Pancho and Lefty,”

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Solar Incentives for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area

October 23, 2017

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is becoming a better and better place to go solar. One of the fastest growing, most innovative places in America is embracing the energy source of the future with multiple rebates available all around the area. The market has never been better for you to start saving money and the environment with a solar photovoltaic (PV)

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A gift for our customers as we celebrate 10 years

October 19, 2017

Freedom Solar is proud to have been serving Texas since 2007, but this milestone isn’t about us – we want to make it about you, the thousands of customers who have chosen to save on electricity and help make the world a better place.

We also want to build a stronger community by helping more people discover solar. That’s why

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SunPower PV System vs. Tesla Solar Roof

May 18, 2017

We have received a lot of inquiries about solar shingles since Tesla unveiled their solar roof concept last week. While this technology is certainly appealing and innovative, customers should understand the appropriate use-cases and associated costs.

The new solar roof from Tesla is a roof replacement for your home. The installation requires a customer to replace their existing roof with

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Solar & Home Resale Value

March 11, 2017

“What’s up with solar panels and home resale value?” As a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas and an Active member of the local Board of Realtors, I love getting this question. The answer is, “it depends”. There are really two ways to evaluate this question. The first is how Banks value a solar generating asset. The

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5 Reasons Why You Should Go Solar Now

February 17, 2017

When we experience natural disasters or pandemics or other significant disruptions to our lives, it’s normal to take a step back and evaluate what’s important. It is also a time when many people are looking for opportunities to become more self-sufficient and to take steps to protect the things that are most important to us. In addition to food, shelter,

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