The Solar Spectrum
Colorful News from the Solar Scene
The Benefits of Being an Early Adopter
February 28, 2018
An early adopter’s investment into the solar industry ensures the continuing growth and sophistication of our field. YOUR investment builds a foundation of trust while allowing you to quickly reap the benefits of solar energy. It won’t be long before people are wondering why a person wouldn’t have a power generation system on their roof.
Market Trends Toward Electric Vehicles
February 20, 2018
Electric vehicles are making the news – and not just for being shot into space. The grid demand for electrically charged vehicles is changing the utility industry and disrupting the personal vehicle industry. Better Together Solar uses SolarEdge HD Inverters with integrated car charging stations as our go-to for EV charging stations.
Reasons to Go Local for Solar
February 16, 2018
Local investment is the most effective way to help your community while simultaneously improving your home value and sustainable footprint. Going solar is the best and most effective way to reduce or eliminate your monthly electricity bill, while also adding value to your home and neighborhood (a win-win!).
July 19, 2017
Businesses across the country and here in Ohio are taking advantage of solar's immense saving power! The top 10 corporate installers of solar are now public...who do you think is number one?
July 07, 2017
Net metering is a cornerstone of the solar industry in much of the United States, and allows solar owners to be properly compensated for their energy production. The value net metering brings to solar owners, the utilities and other grid customers drives us all closer to a sustainable energy future.
January 06, 2017
Gov. John Kasich vetoed two bills at the end of 2016 addressing the future of energy in Ohio. The new laws of 2017 represent an opportunity for renewables to expand along with the growing energy market in Ohio.
Better Together Solar is proud to be a leader in Ohio for the growth of renewables, investing in the diversification of the energy market and increasing competition for solar array installations. By 2026, the percent of renewables as a portion of total energy production in Ohio will be, according to state code, 12.5%. Early adopters of this growth will be adding to the state’s infrastructure, creating jobs and leading Ohio into the future of energy.
Net Metering vs. Battery Storage
July 20, 2016
Currently net metering is the most energy and cost efficient way for solar system owners to deal with unused electricity produced by the system. Although solar systems rarely provide for the entire energy needs of a household or business, it’s common for there to be long periods of the day where solar systems produces more electricity than the owner uses. To illustrate this point, consider the fact that peak energy production of solar panels occurs around mid-day. It also happens that houses are typically empty around midday, with the inhabitants at work or school.
Ohio, the Sunshine State?
July 13, 2016
One of the common concerns we at Better Together Solar hear about is whether solar in Northeast Ohio is a good invest because of the lack of sunlight. As someone who lives in Cleveland, this statement makes a lot of sense due to the overcast weather. To make matters worse, the winters are oppressively cold and dark. How can there possibly be enough sun for solar panels to generate significant amounts of electricity?
Solar: The Safe Investment
July 06, 2016
For many years, solar has been considered a frivolous purchase for only the richest of environmentalists. Until recently, solar was as valuable as the statement it made about the owner. However, as the technology improves, so does its feasibility. The benefits of solar now go beyond offsetting fossil-fuels; solar’s low costs offer a sizable and relatively risk-free return on investment for those looking to cut costs in the long run.
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Plastic bags and food wrappers line the sea surface and float in the ocean as diver Rich Horner swims along a coast in Bali.
February 15, 2017
"In its biggest year to date, the U.S. solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,625 megawatts of solar PV installed in 2016."
January 31, 2017
"At the center of our solar system, approximately 92.96 million miles away, is a nuclear power plant capable of powering the entire globe. We know it by its most common name: our sun."
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Solar Energy Jobs Are Growing 12 Times as Fast as the US Economy
January 27, 2017
"This month, the Energy Department noted in its annual energy and jobs report that, 'Solar technologies, both photovoltaic and concentrated, employ almost 374,000 workers, or 43% of the electric power generation workforce.' (Coal, by contrast, accounts for about 86,000 workers.)"
Likewise, according to a report published by the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program, solar and wind jobs are growing at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the US economy. Firms are dedicating their energies to sustainability and the potential of cheaper, more technologically advanced non-polluting energy.
EPA Told to Eliminate Climate Change from Website
January 25, 2017
Reuters reports that, according to two agency employees, the Trump administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website. This represents an example of other attempts to curb the flow of information at the federal level as it relates to environmental policy. There has also been a removal of references to climate change at whitehouse.gov.
Top 10 Renewable Energy Trends to Watch in 2017
January 17, 2017
As renewable energy markets expand, experts are preparing for the future and how to handle the changing technology and marketplace. Renewable Energy World has put together a thought-provoking list of areas that are expected to draw particular interest in 2017. The list includes drone technology, corporate interest in renewables and solar growth in India. Check it out below.
What is the Carbon Payback of Solar Cells? Now Under 1 Year!!
December 08, 2016
Over the years, we heard from trolls and clickbait fake news claims that much more carbon is released in the production of solar modules than is saved by their production of clean 'carbon free' electricity. Early studies all debunked this myth and manufacturers go to great lengths to communicate about their use of renewable energy in their process. We have been confident in using this fact based information to educate our community and overcome customer objections. Today, we are even more excited about clean solar electricity because exciting research on this topic was just published in the leading scientific journal, Nature. Energy payback times have dropped from 5 years in 1992 to under 1 year for poly-silicon PV modules.
Scientists Discover New Material to Help Make Solar Panels More Efficient
August 09, 2016
This year, a team including scientists from Drexel University, the Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the University of Pennsylvania and the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory published its findings in the journal Nature Photonics. They discovered a new type of crystal to help convert light energy into electrical energy much more efficiently than previously theories would indicate.
Solar in Cleveland: Yes, It's Being Done
July 12, 2016
Cleveland is known for its cloudy winters, but that hasn't stopped solar-power advocates from investing in the sun. Businesses and homeowners have assessed the pros and cons of putting a solar array on their rooftops or on their grounds to capture the free, renewable energy from the sun.
Why the Increase in Solar Power Schools?
June 24, 2016
This trend in powering our schools reflects the growing recognition by district and state officials that photo-voltaic electrical systems offer significant financial and environmental benefits. Here are four key reasons why more schools are making this transition.
The Solar Energy Miracle, in Charts
June 18, 2016
Solar energy has been advancing faster than anyone expected a few years ago thanks to aggressive market-based deployment efforts around the globe. Since it’s hard to keep up with the speed-of-light changes here are all the latest charts and facts to keep you in the loop.
Largest Solar Plant in the World Opens in US as Industry Grows
June 02, 2015
A solar plant in the Mojave Desert — the largest of its kind in the world — officially opened Thursday, and began providing energy to customers in California. The opening is seen as a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opened Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants.
Germany’s New Energy Revolution Still Moving Ahead
May 24, 2016
“It has often been said that it is next to impossible to have an energy system in which 100 percent of the power production…Brandenburg (an inland state in Germany) will most probably soon be producing more renewable electricity than it consumes and will be exporting a growing share of its production.”
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