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Tips on going solar, and energy efficiency in general

Rhode Island Solar Incentives Update

October 18, 2017

Solar is booming in Rhode Island, and the increased demand is resulting in some changes to the state’s two generous solar programs. (Please read my article describing the two solar programs if you aren’t familiar with them.) The most important thing to know is that the state continues to fund solar programs in an effort…  Read the entire post »

Why October is a Trick not Treat for Solar

October 10, 2017

If your solar energy system was turned on between March and September, and most are, because that’s more than half the year, then you may be horrified when your October production drops. Don’t be. It’s typical to see strong production for seven solid months preceding October and then boom – your solar monitoring site tells…  Read the entire post »

Can My Solar “Green Income” Be Taken Away?

October 4, 2017

Don’t be nervous when you hear talk of solar “incentive” programs going away, regardless of which of the following categories you fall into. (I use the word “incentive” loosely; these programs actually provide fair compensation for the solar energy you produce.) Existing Solar Owners If you’re getting SRECs in Massachusetts or REG payments in Rhode…  Read the entire post »

Solarize Me – How to Shop for Solar in a Solarize Program

September 14, 2017

Do you live in a town that’s Solarizing? State-sponsored Solarize community solar programs abound in Massachusetts, where current and upcoming programs include Lincoln-Sudbury-Wayland, Newburyport and Winthrop; and Rhode Island, where Cranston and Charlestown are the latest towns to Solarize. (Yes, Solarize is a verb now, too.) We’re big fans of Solarize programs here at New…  Read the entire post »

Best Rated and Most Reviewed Solar Company in MA

September 13, 2017

I’m feeling pretty proud of our local company today. We just topped Solar Reviews’ list of Most Reviewed & Best Rated Residential Installers in Massachusetts. Rankings and ratings are very important when making purchasing decisions like which company you want to install your solar energy system. Also important should be the number of ratings an…  Read the entire post »

Crazy but True: Get Paid to Go Solar in Rhode Island

August 30, 2017

Rhode Island homeowners, you now have another way to pay for solar electric systems that does not require money down, but allows you to own the system and benefit from the financial incentives available in the Ocean State. The Mosaic solar loan offered by New England Clean Energy is the best deal yet for our…  Read the entire post »

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 »