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What Are the Environmental Benefits of Owning Solar Panels?

As solar technology becomes more affordable, many eco-conscious homeowners are considering solar energy as a green alternative to conventional electricity. But how exactly do solar panels help the environment? Solar panels provide four main environmental benefits: Reduced water usage Lower carbon emissions Improved public health Less dependence on finite resources We’ll explain each of these Read More

Why You SHOULDN’T Install Your Own Solar Panels in Colorado

Even though installing solar panels is more affordable than ever, it still requires a significant upfront investment. If you’re a DIY-type person, you might think you can install your solar panels to save some money upfront. While we do not doubt your technical abilities, we do not recommend installing the panels yourself because the process Read More

How Long Do Solar Batteries Last?

Not all solar batteries are created equal, so the life expectancy varies greatly. Lower-end lead-acid batteries may only last about 3-5 years. However, if you opt for premium lithium-ion batteries (such as Tesla Powerwall or Enphase Encharge), they will probably last a good 10-15 years. To help you understand why some batteries last longer than Read More

Solar ITC (Investment Tax Credit) Extension 2021

In December 2020, Congress passed an extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC), which provides a 26% tax credit towards residential solar system installations. It was previously set to expire in 2021, but with the recent extension, homeowners can now take advantage of the full 26% credit for systems installed until the end of Read More

Pros & Cons of Solar Panels in 2022

Over the past decade, residential and commercial solar energy has grown steadily almost every year—and that growth doesn’t seem to be slowing down in 2022. In fact, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that global solar deployment will grow by 5% in 2022. With more people choosing to install solar panels for their homes and Read More

How Much Money Can You Save In Colorado With Solar Panels?

There’s no getting around it: installing a solar energy system is expensive. If you’re considering solar panels for your home, you’ll want to know how much they’ll save over time. That way, you can determine if they’re worth the upfront investment. In Colorado, solar panels can save you an estimated $35,000 over 20 years. However, Read More

How to Use Excess Power from Solar Panels

Many solar panels are highly efficient, which means they often produce more power than your home or business needs. Having too much power is not a bad problem to have—it’s certainly better than having the opposite issue of having insufficient power. In many cases, excess power benefits your home or business and your pocketbook. When Read More

How Much Energy Do Solar Panels Produce?

If you’re thinking about going solar, you’re probably wondering how much energy your solar panels will produce. Especially if you’re aiming to lessen your monthly power bill, or you’re interested in going off-grid. On average, most residential solar panels produce 100-400 watts of power. However, your solar energy output will vary upon several key factors, Read More

Backup Battery vs. Generator for Your Home – Which is Better?

If you’re looking into a whole-home generator to safeguard against power outages, you may be surprised to hear that a home battery can be equally effective as a backup power source. In fact, certain batteries like the Tesla Powerwall don’t even require solar panels. Home batteries are still a relatively new technology, which means there’s Read More

Green Roof Initiative

This past November, Denver took a huge step in combating climate change. This large city passed the “Denver Green Roof Initiative”, which requires buildings with a floor area of 25,000 square feet or more to have solar power, or a green roof. SunPower by Photon Brothers is prepared to help meet the needs of Denver’s Read More

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