Are Solar Shingles Ready for Prime-Time?

Solar shingles have been around for a long time but they’ve only started to gain some significant traction in the marketplace.  DOW has come up with some technological advances recently that is causing their popularity to soar.  But are they ready for Massachusetts residents? Continue reading

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[Interview] 5 Key Lessons Learned about a Homeowner’s Solar Buying Process

Chris Williams from HeatSpring Magazine was nice enough to have me on for an interview.  His magazine is geared towards solar panel installers and he wanted to get the perspective of a homeowner and their buying process.

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The 7 Hidden Costs of Leasing Solar Panels in Massachusetts

Earlier this month I went to a local meeting of a grassroots environmental group.  One of the people I met there had just got solar panels installed, just like me, and we quickly bonded.  We both have 5 kW systems that supply a little more than half our electricity needs.  And like me, he was very proud of his solar panels and the money he was saving every month off his electricity bill.  But whereas I took out a loan to purchase my system, he leased his and, to put it bluntly, he got ripped off.  Continue reading

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