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Pueblo Regional Building Department Commits to Solar Power with Photon Brothers

Local solar company Photon Brothers announces their partnership with the Pueblo Regional Building Department and have installed a new 57-kilowatt system on their existing downtown Pueblo building, leading the city to almost $1,000,000 in savings on their energy bill throughout the next 30 years. The solar panel project was installed last month with energy savings already underway for the Department.

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Coronavirus cost Colorado’s solar industry thousands of jobs, but there’s one bright spot

The solar power industry has been hammered by the pandemic economy with the loss of tens of thousands of jobs nationally and Colorado facing an estimated 2,400 solar jobs gone by June. Yet one niche market is fitfully soldiering on in the state: home rooftop solar.

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Pueblo Solar Company Joins Worldwide Network of Design Centers

Photon Brothers, a Pueblo-based solar installer, has been selected as a SunPower master dealer, with a ribbon cutting for its design center at 4921 N. Elizabeth St. scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday. The local center is part of a worldwide network of more than 1,800 companies that sell, install and service SunPower products, which are touted as the most advanced and energy-efficient solar panels in the world.

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Photon Brothers is Now a Proud Member of COSEIA

Photon Brothers is happy to announce that we are a member of COSEIA, the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association! COSEIA is a statewide organization that promotes the expansion of the solar and storage industry and technologies. COSEIA works hard to develop new policies and advocate for them. This organization has been a big contributor to the solar industry by creating new policies and programs each year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 2022.

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How Long Do Solar Batteries Last?

Not all solar batteries are created equal, so the life expectancy varies greatly.

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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.

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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.

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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 the initial payback period, everything you save goes directly into your pocket.

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How Much Electricity Does a Solar Panel Produce?

Thinking about going solar? You might be wondering, how much electricity does a solar panel produce?

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How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

On average, solar panels last about 25 years. However, the lifespan depends on a number of factors, including:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to Determine How Many Solar Panels You Need

 

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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?”

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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 care of them. 

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Solar Panels & HOA: What You Need to Know

 

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How Much Energy Do Solar Panels Save & Produce?

As global warming worsens, more and more homeowners are doing their part to help the environment by installing solar panels, which convert  sunlight into electric energy. The result is clean, renewable energy that powers your household while reducing your carbon footprint. 

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How Do Solar Panels Affect My Home Value in California?

If you’re considering solar panels for your California home, we have good news: adding solar panels will likely increase your home’s value.

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5 Things To Know Before Buying Solar Panels

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Are Solar Panels Worth It in CA?

If you’re a California homeowner thinking about going solar, you’ve probably wondered about the return on investment. Is it worth the hassle? How much energy savings will you gain? And when?

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How To Get the Most Out of Your Solar Panels

Solar power is more cost-effective than ever these days. And if you’ve recently jumped on the solar bandwagon, you’re undoubtedly excited about seeing savings on your monthly utility bill. 

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5 Solar Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

If you’ve looked into converting your home to solar power, you may have heard some myths about solar panels. We’re here to set the record straight.

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Are Solar Panels Worth it in Colorado?

It’s no surprise solar panels are growing in popularity among Colorado homeowners. After all, Colorado is known for its “300 sunny days a year”, making it a popular area for residential solar systems.

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What to Know about Solar Panels in 2022

Over the last ten years, the importance of and reliance on renewable energy sources has steadily increased around the world. And as residential solar panels become more affordable, more and more homeowners are investing in solar panels to power their homes, save money and protect the environment.

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How Do Solar Panels Affect My Home Value In Colorado?

Generally speaking, buying solar panels and battery storage increase a home’s value on the real estate market.

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How do Solar Panels Work? A California Solar Pro Explains

Solar panels aren’t just good for the environment, they also save you money every month on your energy bills.

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