Second-Hand Solar Panels: Brilliant Idea or Waste of Cash?

Second-Hand Solar Panels: Waste of Money or the Best Idea Ever?

Second-hand Solar Panels, unsed Solar Panels

Thinking about going solar but worried about the high cost of getting started? It’s true that solar power systems have dropped considerably in cost over the last couple of decades after many advancements in manufacturing has led to cheaper installation costs and greater efficiency. It’s also true that government incentives, lease options, and net metering programs have helped lower the bar to entry for most folks.

The costs have never been lower, but it’s completely understandable that even with the lowest costs that have ever been seen some would look for additional ways to lower the costs. So, are second-hand solar panels a legitimate way to save on the costs of putting in a solar power generating systems? Or, are they a proverbial time bomb, the cost of which (added to the cost of installation) will never be recovered as they quit producing power soon after installation?

Unfortunately, the answers to these questions aren’t terribly simple. Used solar panels can represent a serious cost savings if they work for a significant period of time.

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How to Maximize Solar Power’s Efficiency in Colder Climates

Solar Power Isn’t Just for Southern Climates Anymore

How to Maximize Solar Power's Efficiency in Colder Climates

The design, manufacture, and installation of solar power systems has come a long way in the last few decades. The industry once populated by cutting-edge, if a bit clunky, tech was great at converting the sun’s rays into electricity during the brightest parts of the day in areas that rarely suffered from clouds in the sky.

These days, the efficiency of solar power generating systems and energy storage has improved so much that solar power is a viable alternative to conventional energy in all but the most weather-plagued of areas in the United States.

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Will Solar Ever Really Make Inroads in Low Income Communities?

Solar Energy Is Hot; That Much We Know

Will Solar Ever Really Make Inroads in Low Income Communities?

It’s easy to understand why so many consumers are going solar. It’s relatively affordable, environmentally beneficial, and undeniably cool. And if those pros weren’t enough, it also reduces our dependence on imported oil, provides much-needed economic stimulus, and pays for itself in relatively short order.

But if you’ve been keeping track of who’s going solar in your community, you’ve likely noticed a disturbing trend: most of the solar arrays are being installed in more affluent communities, even though the cost of solar has plummeted in recent years.

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How to Properly Clean Your Solar Panels

Want Your Solar Panels to Work Their Best? Keep Them Clean

how to clean solar panels

Before we get into the real meat of this article, please keep in mind that what you’re about to read here are general recommendations. Before doing anything to your solar panels, check with your installer or the manufacturer of the panels themselves. Each manufacturer has specific instructions on how and when to clean their solar panels. The last thing that we’d want is for you to void any warranties that you may have.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get down to business. You want your solar panels to work at their most efficient, right? You want them converting every last ray of sunlight that they can get at as close to one hundred percent as possible. In order for that to happen, the solar panels have to be clean.

Most experts are in agreement that dirt, dust, and grime accumulation can limit the amount of power you can convert from sunlight by as much as seven percent. And debris, dead leaves, and whatever else might’ve blown up on your roof could be blocking sunlight and cutting your conversion percentage considerably more.

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Weighing Residential Solar’s Advantages and Disadvantages

Is Going Solar Worth It?

weighing the benefits of going solar

If you’re like many homeowners, then you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot more solar panels in your neighborhood than their used to be. Residential solar panels, once a rare sight, are now far less so, and in some cities, they’re even becoming commonplace.

Should you choose solar energy for your home? What are the pros and cons to going solar? Read more