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Is My Roof Suitable for Solar Panels?

Most residential solar panels are installed on a homeowner’s roof. Why? Because it’s the best place to capitalize on obstructed sunlight. That said, there are some cases in which roof-mounted solar panels are not ideal. Reasons include: Your roof is too small Your roof is too old  There’s too much shade on your roof More Read More

What Are the Different Types of Solar Batteries?

Solar batteries maximize the amount of energy your solar panels produce, reducing your carbon footprint and your solar panel payback period. Plus, solar batteries ensure your home always has electricity—even during power outages. Because of these benefits, many solar panel owners choose to add a solar battery to their setup. If you’re considering a solar Read More

What’s the Difference Between Secured Solar Loans and Unsecured Solar Loans?

When it comes to solar loans, you have two main options: a secured or unsecured loan. The difference comes down to whether or not you provide collateral to the lender, which determines the loan terms. While both secured and unsecured loans have their pros and cons, one option may be better for you than the Read More

A California Homeowner’s Guide to Net Metering 3.0

Net metering changes in California will soon reduce solar energy system credits. Act now to be grandfathered into higher savings! Net metering—a program that allows solar energy system owners to offset the cost of power they draw from the grid—was first introduced to Californians in 1996. The purpose of this program was to incentivize homeowners Read More

Can You Go Off-Grid With Solar Panels?

The short answer: Yes! But you need to have a solid grasp of how much energy your household consumes. Otherwise, you risk running out of power— which can have some pretty inconvenient consequences. In most cases, homeowners with residential solar power will remain grid-tied (meaning, if their solar power runs out they can pull from Read More

What To Look For In A Solar Installation Company

Going solar is a significant investment. It can also be a complicated and stressful endeavor if you choose the wrong solar installation company. That’s why, at Photon Brothers, we strive to create a 5-star customer experience. From start to finish, we’re here to answer all of your questions, handle all permitting and inspections, and deliver Read More

What Is Net Metering?

If you’re considering solar panels for your home or business, you may have heard about a unique incentive called net metering. Net metering is a billing agreement between solar panel owners and utility companies. Under a net metering agreement, your utility company will credit you for any electrical power your panels send back to the Read More

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

On average, solar panels last about 25 years. However, the lifespan depends on a number of factors, including: Brand Installation Environment  Backup Battery Warranties When considering solar panels for your California or Colorado home, it’s important to learn about these lifespan factors. Otherwise, you could still be paying off your panels before seeing a substantial Read More

How Much Electricity Does a Solar Panel Produce?

Thinking about going solar? You might be wondering, how much electricity does a solar panel produce? Good question! It’s one that we get a lot. On average, a solar panel produces anywhere from 100-400 watts of power per hour. For a frame of reference, a standard lightbulb consumes about 60 watts of power per hour. Read More

How Much Will My Electric Bill Be With Solar Panels?

One of the main benefits of solar panels is the long-term energy savings they provide. Solar panels dramatically reduce your monthly electric bills, sometimes as much as 50% or more per month. All the money you save on your utility bills will help you recoup the amount you spend to install the panels. And after Read More

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