Going Solar

HOAs and Solar Panels: What Homeowners Need to Know

October 18, 2021

If you’re a homeowner living in a community governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), you’re one of about 40 million households in the United States that are members of an HOA. 

HOAs are private entities created either by a real estate company or a group of household owners in a particular community. Their role is to manage the homes

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Why Are Solar Panels Illegal in Florida? Debunking the Myth

October 1, 2021

Confusion surrounds the legality of using solar panels in Florida. To put things simply, solar panels are not illegal in Florida, but rules dictate where and how you can acquire them.

Let’s take a look at some of Florida’s rules and regulations when it comes to using solar panels.

Florida Solar Energy Laws and Regulations

The state has a law

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Where to Install Solar Panels

September 21, 2021

Knowing where to install your solar panels is a key component in getting the most use out of them. The geographical location of your house, the direction your roof faces, and the size of your panels are all factors that you’ll need to consider before it’s time to install.

Here are some tips from Freedom Solar to help you

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What Is the Best Roof for Solar Panels?

September 14, 2021

If you’re looking to acquire solar panels, your first step is to determine if your roof is suitable for a solar panel system. And if you’re planning on using solar panels on a home you’re building, roof design should also be on your mind.

Either way, many different types of styles and materials are used for roofing, and understanding how

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THREE OPTIONS TO GO SOLAR IN DENVER

September 11, 2021

Acquiring solar panels in Denver is becoming increasingly commonplace. With Colorado enjoying around 300 sunny days per year, the state is now home to many solar power manufacturers, installers, and community organizations looking to help those interested in transitioning to solar power. 

Here are some ways Denver is helping local residents acquire solar power.

Denver Solar Cooperative

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Guide to Solar Panels

September 10, 2021
WHAT ARE SOLAR PANELS?

A solar panel is a collection of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells that absorb sunlight and convert that light into electricity. For most installations, multiple solar panels are connected to create a solar array. The components of a solar panel include the solar cells, glass casing, backsheet, metal frame, and cabling to transmit electricity.

A BRIEF HISTORY
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Guide to Federal Solar Panel Incentives

August 8, 2021

Solar rebates and incentives are an effective way to reward solar photovoltaic (PV) system owners for making an eco-friendly energy transition, while also giving prospects the final push they need to go green with a viable alternative to traditional electricity sourcing.

By far the best benefit of going solar is decreasing your carbon footprint and choosing environmental health over

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HOW DOES THE SOLAR TAX CREDIT WORK? THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

August 4, 2021
Thinking about making the switch to solar power for your home or business? You’re in luck. The federal government is offering a federal solar tax credit for 2021 to help subsidize the purchase and installation of a solar panel system for residential homeowners and commercial businesses throughout the United States.
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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

April 27, 2021

Congratulations! You’re on your way toward a future of clean, sustainable energy. Now you just need to determine what size solar installation will generate enough electricity to meet your home’s energy consumption needs. 

In order to figure out what size solar panel system is ideal for you, you must determine how many solar panels you’ll actually need for your roof

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What Direction Should Solar Panels Face?

April 2, 2021

You’re well aware of the benefits of installing solar panels on your home. From reducing or eliminating energy bills to helping the environment, it’s a good idea on many fronts.

But before you get too excited, it’s important to remember that the installation process is both tedious and precise. For that reason, it’s critical to hire a professional to manage the

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Notable Projects of 2020

February 3, 2021

The sun has set on 2020, and it was quite the year! Despite the difficulties that arose, Freedom Solar had a year of record growth. We’re excited to take a look back and share a few of our favorite projects from a year that none of us will soon forget.

SPACE INVADERS

This unique San Antonio system was definitely

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Do Solar Panels Work in Winter?

December 7, 2020

Contrary to popular belief, temperatures don’t dip in the winter because Earth is farther away from the sun. In fact, Earth is actually farthest from the sun in July and closest to the sun in January. So what does this mean for your solar panels once the temperatures drop? Stay with us as we answer all your questions about

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What to Know Before Installing Solar Panels

October 1, 2020

Making the switch to solar power is a big step, but it’s worth the investment. Who wouldn’t want a lifetime of sustainable energy? Many people are realizing the importance of renewable energy, and solar system installment rates continue to rise as a result. 

The U.S. has over three million solar panel systems installed nationwide as of 2021, equating to

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Texas Solar Round-up

July 1, 2020

Welcome to the State of Texas Solar, where we discuss all things solar in the Lone Star state. In the past year, the solar market in Texas has experienced record-breaking growth – as they say, everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the demand for solar. In true Texas spirit, the charge for solar has created friendly competition in

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Average Lifespan of Solar Panels

March 18, 2020

Homeowners and businesses around the country are progressively more interested in making their lifestyle more sustainable by installing solar panels. To determine whether a home solar power system is worth the investment, it helps to understand the average life span of solar cell panels.

The average lifespan of solar panels is 25 years. However, this doesn’t

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Ground Mount Solar with Backup Power Supply in Central Texas

April 12, 2019

A homeowner on Lake Travis west of Austin was looking for a solar backup power system on his property. We were able to build and connect an attractive ground mount solar panel array in a landscape design and a backup power supply with an off-grid component.

The array is made up of 36 SunPower E-series 327-watt DC solar panels, arranged

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Teaching Solar Power to the Next Generation

December 7, 2018

David Hurtado recently installed 29 SunPower solar panels on the rooftop of his family’s home. The solar power system will offsets about two-thirds of his family’s electricity usage and avoid 9.5 tons of CO2 emissions annually, which is like taking two cars off the road for a year,

His daughter so interested in the new home solar panels that she

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