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Comparing Solar Incentives in Rhode Island

June 15, 2021

Homeowners installing a solar electric system in Rhode Island have two good choices when it comes to picking a state program to defray the cost:  fondly known as “REF” and “REG.” The difference can be a tad confusing so here’s an explanation and a comparison of the two solar incentives in Rhode Island.  REF  (Renewable…  Read the entire post »

How to Read Your Electric Bill

May 18, 2021

According to Energy Price Choice, around 90% of consumers don’t know what rate they pay for their electric usage. If you’re part of that majority, don’t fret. Many utility bills can be complex to read and the rate is not always obvious.  Before you go solar it’s important to know how much you’re paying on…  Read the entire post »

The Future of the Auto Industry: Solar Powered Electric Vehicles

May 11, 2021

Since his election, President Biden has indicated that he will be tightening U.S. emission standards to meet global environmental goals. In response, several major automobile companies have moved forward their manufacturing deadlines for electric vehicles (EVs). So today we will explore the role of solar electricity in fueling the electric vehicle industry.     What…  Read the entire post »

Too Many Trees for Solar? Let’s Learn About Tree Mapping

April 20, 2021

Many of our customers choose to install solar because they want to reduce their impact on the environment. That’s one reason we love solar, too! That said, it may shock some people when we suggest removing a tree or two to improve solar production. So today we’re going to talk about tree mapping: why it’s…  Read the entire post »

Another Year Gone – NE Clean Energy’s 2020 Highlights

April 9, 2021

2020 was rough for a lot of folks: abnormal weather, a turbulent presidential election, an economic recession, and–this takes the cake–a global pandemic. But despite the chaos, New England Clean Energy staff doubled down on our efforts to not only help customers save money with solar but also provide them with meaningful service and clean…  Read the entire post »

Mythbusting Microinverters: Why String Inverters Might Be For You

March 24, 2021

There are a lot of decisions to be made when designing the perfect solar system for yourself: price, power capabilities, warranties, and all the rest. But one decision that looms largest, perhaps, is the choice of an inverter: whether it’s string or microinverters. Specifically, the component that converts the direct current (DC) electricity generated by…  Read the entire post »

Reflecting on Small-Scale Solar Savings

March 17, 2021

So you’re thinking about going solar. Or perhaps you’ve already taken the step of installing a few panels. But now you’re questioning whether your decision is making an economic or environmental difference for the nation at large. I mean, what role can your small-scale solar array play in aiding the shift from fossil fuels to…  Read the entire post »

The Golden Age of Solar

February 17, 2021

In 2020, we experienced not just a global pandemic but also devastating forest fires, hurricanes, floods, and heatwaves here at home. As a result of the record-breaking natural disasters in 2020, more people are realizing that (1) the climate is changing rapidly and (2) humans can play a role in managing it. Now, what does…  Read the entire post »

How Often Do Solar Panels Have To Be Replaced?

January 18, 2021

Solar panels are a great investment for your home. Not only do they allow your family to save on electric bills, but they do it in a sustainable way for years to come. Generally speaking, solar panels are extremely durable and with no moving parts, they will generally require little to no maintenance.  As of…  Read the entire post »

A Solar Operating Lease – Would One Work For Your Company?

November 5, 2020

In our last financial blog we covered Power Purchase Agreements aka PPAs. PPAs are a good option for companies looking to go solar when they wish to avoid taking out a loan or can’t make use of solar’s Federal Investment Tax Credit or depreciation tax benefit. But there are other options and depending on your…  Read the entire post »