Renewable Energy

What Is a Kilowatt-Hour?

May 9, 2023

You might hear the term “kilowatt-hour” occasionally in daily life, although it’s more likely in specific situations. 

For instance, you might see the term on light bulbs, cooking appliances and other household items. But you’ll certainly see it on your solar power equipment — specifically on its meters.

If you’re a solar user, it’s important to know what a

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Celebrating Solar Power on Presidents’ Day

February 17, 2023

Solar is one of the most viable renewable energy sources. And as more and more people realize this, they’re investing in solar more widely. 

But what’s the government got to do with it?

With Presidents’ Day around the corner, we’ll highlight some presidents who’ve made strides for renewable energy, as well as the government’s role in creating policies and

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51 Uses of Solar Energy

January 19, 2023

Our sun is the source of all life on Earth, making solar energy useful to us in many different ways. 

The sun creates two main types of energy — light and heat — that we can harness for numerous activities. These range from prompting photosynthesis in plants to creating electricity with photovoltaic (PV) cells to heating water and food. 

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North Carolina’s Commitment to Net-Zero Emissions

September 26, 2022

In keeping with several other states, North Carolina is showing a clear commitment to clean energy, sustainability and equitable income. 

In early 2022, Governor Roy Cooper signed several executive orders (EOs) geared toward making the state more environmentally friendly. These included EO 246, which set goals for achieving net-zero emissions in North Carolina over the coming decades.

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Do Solar Panels Work on Cloudy Days?

May 2, 2022

The short answer is yes, solar panels work on cloudy days. 

Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells will still generate energy even when light is partially blocked or reflected by clouds. But there are a few things to consider when determining how much energy your panels can produce on those particularly overcast days. 

Don’t Solar Panels Need Direct Sunlight to Generate
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6 Things You Should Know About Leasing Solar Panels

April 7, 2022

Are you interested in harnessing renewable energy but not sure how it works?

Whether you choose to purchase or lease solar panels, the final cost will depend on a few factors. If the price of paying cash to purchase is out of reach for you, leasing is an option that keeps renewable energy accessible.

How Does Leasing Solar Panels
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Veterans Support Construction of New Solar Farm in Texas

February 14, 2022

Two companies are building a large new solar farm spanning 1,350 acres in Elm Branch, about 40 miles south of Dallas. The 163-MW facility is the first major solar project that L3 Harris Technologies (L3Harris) and Lightsource BP solar panels have developed.

In fact, it’s the world’s largest solar project, containing more than 360,000 solar panels. This project

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How Many Solar Panels Do You Need for EVs?

January 13, 2022

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. and around the world for their environmental and performance benefits. Meanwhile, manufacturers are launching plug-in EV models across their fleets.

Whether you own an EV or are interested in purchasing one, there’s a fair chance you’ll also be in the market for a home charging port for your EV

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How Going Solar Benefits the Environment and Public Health

January 5, 2022

Most people know of solar power and its status as a “green energy.” But fewer people know about the specific environmental and public health benefits of solar power. They are more substantial than you might think.

How does solar power impact greenhouse gas emissions? How does it affect the ground and water supplies? How can solar energy benefit your

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Home EV Charging vs. Public EV Charging

December 10, 2021

The electric vehicle (EV) industry is booming beyond the passenger car market. Public transit buses, trucks of all shapes and sizes (including long-haul semis) and even large tractor trailers are using electricity to power up. 

Here’s a look at the current and expected reality of charging an EV at public stations on the road and at home. 

Types of EVs
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Who Makes the Best Solar Panels?

December 8, 2021

Determining who makes the best solar panels can be challenging, especially with the proliferation of solar companies over recent years.

In this article, we present the most important considerations to evaluate the quality of solar panels and share recent findings from third-party review sites.

Evaluation Criteria

You can use several criteria to evaluate the quality of solar panels:

  • Efficiency
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Five Colorado Agrivoltaic Farms and Organizations to Check Out

November 3, 2021

Agrivoltaic farming is gradually becoming more well known as people prioritize sustainable agricultural methods and renewable energy. As a result, there are multiple Colorado agrivoltaic farms and organizations to check out.

Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center (CALC)

CALC is a nonprofit located in Longmount, Colorado sponsored by the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC). CALC’s work focuses primarily on educating

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