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Hassle-free financing options mean that going green has never been easier. And with no upfront costs, there’s no better time than right now to be at the forefront of the power trend of the future.

Increased Home Value

Berkeley Labs performed a study between 1999-2013 and found that buyers will pay an average of $15,000 more for a home with solar. Do you really want to leave that money on the table?

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Solar Energy By The Numbers


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Years it can take for a photon to reach the surface of the sun to create a single ray of light

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Minutes how long it takes sunlight to reach a solar panel

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Watts amount of direct solar radiation received per square meter

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Million barrels of oil saved annually by solar energy

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Mega Watts of expected solar installations in Florida the next 5 years

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Home Solar Panel Installation

  • Free Quote And Consultation, including a Utility Bill Analysis
  • Review, Financing Options, And HOA Compliance
  • Home Visit And Panel Placement By Our Solar Design Experts
  • Licensed, Trained Technicians For Hassle-Free Panel Assembly
  • 20-25-Year Warranty, Depending On Which Products You Choose
  • 25-Year Workmanship and 25-Year Guarantee Against Roof Leaks
  • Remote Panel Monitoring

Spending Over Time

To find out how much you could save going solar put in what your average monthly bill is and choose an offset between 60-90% to see the possible savings.**

  • A/C
  • Electronics/Lights/Appl
  • Water Heater
  • Heating

**Disclaimer on Spending Over Time Illustration

Homes.Solar has limited the amount of offset you can choose in this illustration to between 60% and 90% in recognition of typical variables including system size, the position of the roof, and location of surrounding trees and structures. Your local utility company may still charge the basic service charges regardless of your total offset.  This illustration Does Not Include the Cost of Solar and is only an approximate representation of what your electric bill may be if you choose to install a solar energy system.  Your total savings and offset percentage are not guaranteed. All illustrations based on data from EIA’s 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey

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AC vs. DC solar battery coupling: what you need to know

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Solar batteries are becoming popular additions to solar energy projects of all scales. When it comes to the way your solar panels, batteries, and inverters are all wired together on your property, there are two main options: alternating current (AC) coupling and direct current (DC) coupling. Both AC and DC coupling have advantages and drawbacks that are dependent on the specifics of your solar plus storage installation.

AC vs. DC coupling: what’s the difference?

The key distinction between an AC-coupled and DC-coupled system lies in the path electricity takes once it is produced by solar panels. Solar panels generate DC electricity that must be transformed into AC electricity for your home’s appliances. However, solar batteries store electricity in DC form.

In an AC-coupled system, DC solar electricity flows from solar panels to a solar inverter that transforms the electricity into AC electricity. That AC electricity can then flow to your home appliances, or go to another inverter that transforms the electricity back to DC for storing in a battery system. With AC-coupled systems, any electricity that is stored in the battery system needs to be inverted three separate times before use.

ac coupled battery system diagram

In a DC-coupled system, DC solar electricity flows from solar panels to a charge controller that directly feeds into a battery system, meaning there is no inversion of solar electricity from DC to AC and back again before the electricity is stored in the battery. Any electricity produced by the solar panels will be inverted only once (from DC to AC), either as it flows from batteries to your home electrical setup or out to the electrical grid.

dc coupled battery system diagram

Historically, AC-coupled battery storage setups have been more common for residential and commercial solar installations, but as more DC options become available, DC coupling is gaining in popularity.

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Solar Panel Efficiency: The Most Efficient Solar Panels In 2020

If you follow any of the latest news in the solar industry, you may see the phrase “solar panel efficiency” come up very often.

I think (around) every 6-8 months there is a new world record for the ‘most efficient solar panel’. Just by jumping on google and searching, I can see there is so much information on new “highest efficiency solar cells of 50%”.

But what does it all mean…

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Home battery comparison: Tesla Powerwall, Generac PWRcell, LG Chem RESU, Sonnen Eco, Enphase Encharge

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Now more than ever, home batteries are becoming a smart purchase either with or without a solar panel system. Batteries offer many benefits, from electricity bill savings to resiliency against grid outages and more.

There are plenty of companies offering energy storage solutions, including both established manufacturers and up-and-coming smaller players offering unique products. In this article, we’ll review some of today’s most popular home battery options to see what sets them apart.

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Using Solar to Produce Oil: A “Bridge” to Sustainability or Simply Unethical?

The shift away from fossil fuels like oil towards reliance on renewables like solar will be decisive in

Tampa Electric to seek 18% rate hike to pay for solar

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California Solar Initiative: the SASH program

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Golden State has always been a front-runner when it comes to solar energy. California

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As Rooftop Solar Grows, What Should the Future of Net Metering Look Like?

Almost every state has been weighing changes to how homes with solar are compensated for electricity they send to the grid. The results will impact solar growth.

Like solar installers across much of America, Mark Hagerty is adapting to drastic changes in the economics of his business. His state, Michigan, is one of many that are cutting the rates rooftop solar owners receive for selling excess power to the grid.

“We’re going to do fewer jobs, and each job is going to be a smaller size,” said Hagerty, president of Michigan Solar Solutions, a solar installer based northwest of Detroit. His comments echo concerns now being voiced by solar installers in many states as new rules take effect.

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How does a photovoltaic solar cell work?

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You’ve probably seen solar panels on rooftops all around your neighborhood, but do you know how they actually work to generate electricity? In this article, we’ll take a look at what a photovoltaic solar cell is – the technology behind a solar panel that makes it possible to create energy from the sun. Specifically, we’ll examine the science of silicon solar cells, the solar cells making up the vast majority of solar panels.

Solar cells produce energy in three steps

A solar photovoltaic (PV) cell works in three general steps:

  1. Light is absorbed and knocks electrons loose
  2. Loose electrons flow, creating a current
  3. The current is captured and transferred to wires

The photovoltaic effect is a complicated process, but these three steps are the basic way that energy from the sun is converted into usable electricity by solar cells in solar panels.

Solar cells are the building blocks of solar panels

A solar panel is made up of six different components, but arguably the most important one is the photovoltaic cell, which actually generates electricity. The conversion of sunlight into electrical energy by a solar cell is called the “photovoltaic effect”, hence why we refer to solar cells as “photovoltaic.”

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A typical solar photovoltaic cell. A typical solar panel for your home is made up of 60 PV cells.
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String inverters vs. power optimizers vs. microinverters

Last updated 12/21/2020

energy flow from solar panels to a home

If you are considering a solar panel system for your home, one of the key decisions you need to make is the type of inverter to install. Inverters convert direct current (DC) electricity generated by your solar panels into usable alternating current (AC) electricity. Given the complex power electronics and software contained within, inverters are vital to the success of your solar power system.

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Why Florida Homeowners Are Warming up to PACE Solar Financing

For most Florida homeowners, cash and leasing are still the 2 most popular ways to pay for a new solar installation. These financing approaches are polar opposites. And they both have their own pros and cons:

  • Cash delivers the highest returns and shortest payback periods. But not everyone has the money to pay for a solar installation entirely out-of-pocket.
  • Leasing allows you to receive a new installation for free. You only pay for the clean electricity generated. But you’ll never technically “break even” with this approach. You’re simply buying electricity from a cheaper and cleaner source.

But with Homes.Solar, there’s now a Third financing option – one that’s quickly picking up steam in the Sunshine State.

PACE financing combines the best of both worlds by turning solar into an affordable investment that delivers guaranteed returns.

How PACE Solar Financing Works in Florida

Short for Property Assessed Clean Energy, PACE is a unique type of solar financing that provides you with full system ownership – without requiring any upfront payments.

Here’s how it works.

An authorized PACE lender provides you with money to pay for your solar installation (parts and labor included). This financing is technically a loan. And you may be wondering why anyone would take on debt to go solar.

After all, the goal is to save money by installing panels – not owe money.

But here’s what makes PACE financing unique.

The loan is tied directly to your property taxes instead of to any personal guarantees. And this means your annual property tax bill goes up slightly over the 20-year term of the PACE agreement.

But rather than pay off this higher tax bill using your own money, you use that year’s utility bill savings instead. In fact, you’ll have extra cash in your pocket at the end of each billing cycle. So, your annual savings are guaranteed.

And at Homes.Solar, we can further increase those savings by extending the PACE loan terms from 20 years to 25. This shrinks your annual obligation, allowing you to keep even more money in your wallet each year.

As an added bonus, the interest payments on PACE loans may be 100% tax deductible.

Better still, PACE financing isn’t attached to you – the borrower. Instead, it follows the property. And this is beneficial for 2 reasons:

  • Your own credit history doesn’t come into the picture, which is ideal for anyone with an imperfect score. However, PACE is only available for those who haven’t filed for any recent bankruptcies.
  • If you sell your home before the loan is paid off, the balance follows the home – not you. And the next buyer takes over the remaining portion of the PACE agreement.

Is PACE Solar Financing Right for You?

Every homeowner is different. And depending on your own goals, budget, and credit history, you may be better off exploring other financing options like cash or solar leasing.

But for a growing number of homeowners throughout Florida, PACE offers many important benefits. And it would be a mistake to not consider this financing solution as you begin exploring your solar options.

To learn how Homes.Solar can help you qualify for affordable PACE solar financing, schedule a free consultation with us today.

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