Category Archives: Solar Tips

Tips on going solar, and energy efficiency in general

Go Solar Like Nate and Save Like Solder

May 16, 2017

The New England Patriots, Nate Solder, solar energy, and giving to cancer research. What’s not to love? Of course, if you’re outside New England, you might not love the first, but I’m talking to people in our region with this post. 🙂 If you don’t know much about Nate Solder, let me introduce you to…  Read the entire post »

“On The Level” About Solar

April 27, 2017

I recently went into the WCRN-AM 830 studio to be a guest on “On The Level With Steve Quist,” a popular home improvement show. It was a lot of fun, as always (I’ve been on several times), and hopefully it was informative for those learning about solar. Here is the interview, broken into three 7-10…  Read the entire post »

Our Survey Shows Solar Creates More Energy-Conscious Consumers

April 25, 2017

The results are in from our recent New England Clean Energy 2017 Customer Insights Survey and they’re exciting. Highlights: Solar is creating more informed and energy-conscious consumers Solar is now part of mainstream American culture, or at least it is in pockets around the country including New England More people view solar as a solid investment compared…  Read the entire post »

Take the Mystery Out of Going Solar

April 10, 2017

Ever wonder what “going solar” really means? I have to be honest, there are a lot of steps. But, we make it as easy as possible for you by managing the entire process, doing as much ourselves as possible, and guiding you on the steps required of you. Our Solar Installation Process infographic offers an…  Read the entire post »

Solar in a Muni Town – Feast or Famine

March 29, 2017

If you live in Massachusetts and your electricity is provided by your town’s “municipal utility,” then now would be a good time to go solar. Why? At the end of this year, sign-ups for the SREC solar incentive program end and the new SMART program goes into effect. However, the SMART program will only be…  Read the entire post »

Conversations with Solar Owners

March 28, 2017

I’ve been talking about solar for over 10 years now. Much as I love it, sometimes I get tired of listening to myself talk or, in this case, write. So today, I give you solar commentary direct from “the horse’s mouth” i.e. real-life solar customers. These four short videos answer your burning questions about solar:…  Read the entire post »

New Solar Incentive Prices in Rhode Island

March 27, 2017

The payments new solar owners get through the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth (REG) program change on April 1. (Need background on the “REG” program? Click here to read my article explaining the REG and the REF Grant.) Note that prices do not change if you are already enrolled in the program; you continue to…  Read the entire post »

From SREC to SMART: How Massachusetts Solar Incentives are Changing

March 15, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are already in the SREC I or SREC II program, nothing changes. You will continue to earn SRECs for the remainder of your 10-year period. People signing up for SRECs and going solar in the next few months also get 10 years of SRECs. People signing up for solar in 2018…  Read the entire post »

How to Calculate Your Monthly Electricity Use

March 13, 2017

If you’re a solar owner, figuring out how much electricity you actually used in a given month is not as easy as it used to be. When all your power came from the utility, a handy graph or chart on the side of your bill probably showed how much electricity you used each of the…  Read the entire post »

Different Types of Utility Meters for Solar

February 15, 2017

Depending on where you live and which solar incentive programs you participate in, your utility (or your solar company) probably installed a meter on the side of your house, after your panels went up but before you turned on your solar energy system. They may have added a second meter, or replaced the one you…  Read the entire post »