Renewable Energy

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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How Going Solar Saved a Struggling Colorado Farm

May 2, 2022

Byron Kominek’s farm — rebranded as Jack’s Solar Garden — sits right outside Boulder, Colorado, in the city of Longmount. It’s one of the most thriving agrivoltaic farms in the country. 

However, its 24 acres weren’t always prosperous.

The farm mostly produced hay over the past 50 years. Now, it’s gone through a major transformation that substantially increased its

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Your Guide to Hybrid Solar Panels

April 28, 2022

More and more people are becoming aware of solar panels after seeing an increasing amount on the roofs of homes and businesses

However, a term that may be new to you is “hybrid solar system.” Hybrid solar systems allow you to source energy from the grid if your panels don’t generate enough electricity to power your home. 

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Everything You Need to 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 as manufacturers launch plug-in EV models across their fleets. And whether you own an EV or are interested in purchasing one, there’s a fair chance you’ll be in the market for a home charging port for your EV battery as

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Five Best and Worst U.S. States for Solar in 2021

January 5, 2022

Renewable energy has been growing in popularity and necessity over the years, making solar power an increasingly bigger priority. One recognizable trend in 2021 is that geography is less of a deciding factor in whether or not a state is a leader in solar power. 

The Solar Energy Industries Association releases its quarterly rankings of solar industry strength in

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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 and
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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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How Long Do Solar Panels Last?: The Average Lifespan of Solar Panels

November 2, 2021

Solar panels are extremely durable, lasting an average of 25 – 30 years.

Homeowners and businesses around the country are getting more interested in making their lifestyle more sustainable. Going solar is the best way to transition to clean, sustainable energy while also dramatically reducing your monthly utility bills — or even eliminating them entirely! 

In order to get

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Five Florida Renewable Energy Organizations to Check Out

October 6, 2021

Numerous organizations in Florida are dedicated to advancing clean and sustainable energy solutions throughout the state. Here’s a look at some of Freedom Solar’s favorites. 

Florida BioFuels and BioEnergy Association (FBBA)

FBBA is a nonprofit trade association that provides educational information and resources to businesses and government agencies across the Southeast. 

More specifically, their priority is to bring clean

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Renewable Energy Organizations in Texas We Love

August 10, 2021

The state of Texas is home to numerous renewable energy organizations doing good work on both a local and national level. Here are a few of our favorites.

Private and Nonprofit Renewable Energy Organizations in Texas American Solar Energy Society (ASES)

Founded in 1954, ASES is a nonprofit that serves as the U.S. division of the International Solar Energy

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