Category Archives: Solar Tips

Tips on going solar, and energy efficiency in general

How to Avoid National Grid’s New Rate Increase in Rhode Island

August 8, 2017

Rhode Island residential customers of National Grid are facing a $27 per month increase in electric bills starting October 1, under a proposed rate hike submitted by National Grid recently.* A Providence Journal article on this news stated bills would go up about $17 on average. But that’s based on monthly electricity use of 500…  Read the entire post »

Case Study: Selling Your Home With Solar

July 12, 2017

Selling a home is intimidating enough, but selling a home with solar? You might think having solar on your home would make the home sale process even more complicated. In fact, solar typically makes it easier, and faster, to sell your home. Home buyers show increasing interest in homes with green features. A study by the U.S.…  Read the entire post »

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? In a matter or months, sign-ups for the SREC solar incentive program end and the new SMART program goes into effect. However, the SMART program will only be available…  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 »