Solar Power: Reducing your Carbon Footprint

  One very effective way to lower carbon footprints is to
  drive all electric vehicles (EVs) and to power the EVs with
  solar power, essentially reducing CO2 emmissions to zero.
  We can further reduce our carbon footprint by powering our
  homes with solar power.

COMMUNITY SOLAR Can I Do Community Solar? Is Solar Out Of The Question For Your Household? Not so fast. Your home may not be suitable for rooftop solar. But that doesn't mean that you're shut out from renewable energy. Community solar gardens [farms] offer homeowners and renters like you-the 90 million American households that cannot access rooftop solar-the ability to enroll in a shared solar array and see savings on their electricity costs. And it does this without the additional fees and without you needing to own a suitable rooftop (or piece of property). Community Solar Basics The U.S. Department of Energy defines community solar as any solar project or purchasing program, within a geographic area, in which the benefits of a solar project flow to multiple customers such as individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups. In most cases, customers are benefitting from energy generated by solar panels at an off-site array. Community solar customers can either buy or lease a portion of the solar panels in the array, and they typically receive an electric bill credit for electricity generated by their share of the community solar system-similar to someone who has rooftop panels installed on their home. Community solar can be a great option for people who are unable to install solar panels on their roofs because they don't own their homes, have insufficient solar resources or roof conditions to support a rooftop PV system due to shading, roof size, or other factors, or for financial/other reasons. Community solar is rapidly growing across the country. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory tracks installation data on community solar across the country. Get your electricity from a local solar farm! (2 min) Where are community solar projects located? Community solar projects are located in various states throughout the country. However, you're typically only eligible to subscribe to projects located near you in your electricity service territory. This is because your utility company remains responsible for tracking and distributing electricity bill credits from the community solar projects. City of Ames (Iowa) SunSmart: Ames [Iowa] First Community Solar Farm (1 min) SunSmart Ames [Iowa] Power Pack Purchase Form Ballpark estimate: 15 solar packs covers the energy to power an EV for the average EV owner in Ames, IA. Alliant Energy Community Solar for Iowa Customers (3+ min) DOE - National Community Solar Partnership The National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) is a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar to every American household and enable communities to realize other benefits, such as increased resilience and workforce development. The Partnership is a U.S. Department of Energy initiative led by the Solar Energy Technologies Office, in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Partners leverage peer networks and technical assistance resources to set goals and overcome barriers to expanding community solar access.

RESIDENTIAL SOLAR Find the best solar panels Compare solar panels by type, efficiency and availability Solar panels are a significant investment, so it's crucial to find a product that fits your needs. Look for panels from solar energy companies that have high efficiency rates and offer a comprehensive warranty on product and workmanship. High-efficiency panels let you produce the most power with limited space, and warranties reduce maintenance cost if you have problems with the solar energy system. With all factors being equal - location, available space (roof or another dedicated area), shading, climate and natural degradation of the panels- monocrystalline panels are typically a good choice for residential use. Top-rated solar panel companies should offer a high-efficiency rate and comprehensive warranty options. It is also important to evaluate the quality of materials and labor and the reputation of the manufacturer or provider. The durability and ability of solar panels to produce electricity depend on several factors like the quality of materials built into them, weather and location of the panels in your home for optimum sunlight intake. Solar panels degrade through constant exposure to the elements. Your manufacturer should be able to guarantee that their solar panels are able to withstand the conditions in your area. Our top pick for solar panels - Sunpower SUNPOWER (855) 931-5020 SunPower offers best-in-class digital solutions that empower homeowners to design and manage their own solar system without ever leaving home. Our customers tell us they feel great knowing they've chosen the most efficient and reliable solar backed by an industry-leading warranty. Thinking about going solar? Three simple questions to ask when you're shopping for solar. (1+ min) Homeowners' Stories (2 min) (2 min) (6 min) SIMPLERAY (Fairfield, IA) (800) 8080-SUN Looking to bring solar power to your business, farm, or community? We design solar systems that maximize your return on investment. Every array is designed through a consultative process, so we can ensure your solar installation fits your needs. TESLA - Solar for Existing Roofs Use solar energy to power your home and reduce your dependence on the grid. Purchase solar at the lowest price of any national provider with Tesla's price match guarantee and take control of your monthly electricity bill. Learn more about your potential savings in our Design Studio. Our solar panels are low-profile and durable - quietly converting sunlight to energy for decades to come. Integrated hardware and simple design achieve this by securing the panels close to your roof and to each other for a minimalist aesthetic. Chat with an energy advisor or request a call to ask any questions about Tesla solar panels. Your Powerwall can be bundled with solar, allowing you to generate clean energy and store it for use anytime-at night or during an outage. FREQUENT REFERENCE SOURCES ON MATTERS SOLAR from D. Fullarton. Thank you, Dave! Get competing solar quotes online Solar Panels for your Home We help customers lower their electric bills, and create savings for years to come. Ideal Energy's solar service combines time sensitive tax incentives with quality equipment for best return on investment available in the Midwest solar energy market.

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