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Solar Panels & HOA: What You Need to Know

  Going solar is a big investment that can help you save on energy costs. However, the process of installing solar panels can be complicated if you’re part of an HOA. For HOA members (about 53% of all homeowners in the country), going solar requires a bit more research to ensure you remain compliant with Read More

How Often Do Solar Panels Need Maintenance?

With the price of nonrenewable energy skyrocketing in recent years, solar panels might just be the answer. Good quality solar panels are durable and reliable long-term investments, and they often come with generous warranties to boot. However, you’ll only be able to get the full value out of your solar panels if you take good Read More

Should You Lease or Buy Your Solar Panels

If you’re a homeowner that’s considering installing solar panels on your home, you’re likely facing the question, “Should I lease or buy my solar panels?” While leasing solar panels may sound less complicated and less expensive, you should purchase your solar panels rather than leasing them.  Many homeowners consider leasing their solar panels because of Read More

How to Determine How Many Solar Panels You Need

  Interested in going solar? You might be wondering how many solar panels you need.  A quick Google search will give you an estimate based on the square footage of your home, but what’s more important is understanding how much power you use. No two households are the same, so you should design a custom Read More

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

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