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Solar 101: how does solar energy work?

Last updated 12/21/2020

Solar panel systems can be complicated, but going solar doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Learn all about solar panel technology, maintenance, and installation in Solar 101.

net metering explained

Net metering for solar power, explained

You know that net metering plays a major role in your solar savings, but how exactly does it work? EnergySage explains the basics of net metering and what it means for you.

About Net Metering for Solar Power

All about inverters and power optimizers

Inverters convert your solar electricity into a format that is usable in your home. They are the second most important piece of equipment in your solar panel system, so review and compare all of your inverter options.

String Inverters vs. Microinverters & Power Optimizers

Comparing Microinverters vs. Power Optimizers

Advantages & Disadvantages of Microinverters & Power Optimizers

Installing and maintaining your solar panels

Finding a professional solar installer will help you to get the most out of your solar panel system. Solar panels require little to no maintenance once your system is up and running.

Where to Install Your Solar Panel System

What’s the Best Angle For My Solar Panels?

Impact of Roof Orientation on Solar Savings

Do Trees Impact Solar Panel Performance?

Wiring Solar Panels in Series vs. Parallel

Maintaining Your Solar Panel System is Easy

Community solar power

Community solar power is an alternative way for homes and businesses without roof access to get involved in the clean energy economy.

Community Solar Power Explained

Community Solar vs. Rooftop Solar: Which is right for you?

Key Considerations When Choosing Community Solar

Community Solar Pricing Models

What to Look For in a Community Solar Offer

snow on solar panels

FAQ: What happens if there is snow on my solar panels?

Solar panels convert sunshine into power, so if your panels are covered in snow they can’t produce electricity. Snow generally isn’t heavy enough to cause structural issues with your panels, and since most panels are tilted at an angle the snow will slide off. If snow does accumulate, your panels are easy to clean.

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