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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

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 30% 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 30% credit for systems installed until the end of Read More

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