Residential Solar Inverters: SMA, Microinverters, or Power Optimizer’s?

If you have ever looked into a solar project for your home, you may be familiar with the confusion that comes with deciphering between your different options.  Trying to determine the best solar panel can be hard enough, but when you add in the many different types of inverters you can choose from it can get overwhelming.  The next blog will touch on how to navigate through your different panel options, but here we will address the more important issue; which inverter system should you choose.  Panels just sit on the roof and do their job, they have no moving parts and are very unlikely to have issues arise.  Inverters on the other hand do most of the work, changing all of the DC electricity produced from the solar panels into the AC electricity used in your home.  It is very important to make the correct choice in terms of inverters after all aspects of the job are considered.  In this article we will dive into the main options while considering the pros and cons of each.

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Rising Energy Prices In KY: LG&E and KU Rate Increases

It is no secret that we, the consumers, are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to paying for our electricity.  In Kentucky, we have a regulated energy market, and are left with no choice as to who will be providing us with power.  This is the case with most states, but anytime the customer satisfaction aspect of a business is irrelevant, it never works out in favor of the consumer.

Having absolutely zero competition to govern the market, the fate of the consumer is left solely in the hands of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to determine what costs, practices, and profits are acceptable.  Almost every Continue reading “Rising Energy Prices In KY: LG&E and KU Rate Increases”

Have Trump’s Solar Tariffs had a Positive or Negative Impact on Our local Solar Market?

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At the beginning of 2018 the solar industry was torn because of the tariffs on Asian imported solar panels that President Trump signed into action.  The new law placed a tax of roughly 20% on imported panels in an effort to save the failing American solar panel manufacturing industry.  Nationwide leaders in the industry were struggling mightily.  Suniva filed bankruptcy in March of 2017, with First Solar and Solar World (both American solar manufacturers) claiming to be in bad shape as well.  While the tariff was great for solar panel manufacturers in America as they would finally be able to compete with the prices of imported panels, the +250,000 people who worked on the installation/sales side of the industry were not nearly as optimistic.  If you owned a business and the main product you purchase was slapped with a government mandated 20% increase in cost, would you be happy?

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