For years, humans have grown sick of paying so much to enjoy a high quality of life; and rightly so. There is no reason why we should be forced to invest all of our hard-earned money into technology that does not pay us back. As we continue to invest in technology that is for those who wish to be efficient and self-sufficient, we will see incredible changes to the way that our homes and properties are built. Aside from solar panels, many new innovations have reached the marke
For years, humanity has prided itself on continuous improvement and advancement. However, as we wake up to the damage of the Industrial Era and beyond, it becomes frighteningly easy to get overwhelmed by the challenges of the future. As ever, though, technology might be our salvation from a planet that faces unique environmental challenges never seen before in modern history. Smart homes, then, are our key to making environmentally secure, economically viable and effective, i
The Federal Solar Tax Credit or The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), was passed under the George Bush administration via the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The ITC was created to facilitate the adoption of clean energy. It started as a 30% credit capped at $2,000 for residential projects but that was removed in 2008.
How is the Federal Solar Tax Credit Calculated? The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is 30% of the gross system cost of your solar project. That means that i
I often get asked how much it would cost to install solar panels on a house or business building to generate one’s own electrical energy. In the California, a rule of thumb is that the average house consumes electricity at the rate of 1 kW per hour (kWh). There are about 730 hours in each month, and the average price of a kWh of electricity is $0.15. So an average monthly bill would be around $110 for 730 kWh of electricity. Of course, this can vary considerably if you have
There are really two main reasons for going the solar energy route - making the word a better place by moving away from fossil fuels is the first and cutting down on soaring energy bills is the second. The US is currently an energy importer and it is only through the exploration of alternative forms of power that this energy dependence can be alleviated. What is Solar Power? Electricity is generated from solar photovoltaic panels which are made from tempered glass, generally