The state of the U.S. solar industry

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

The new U.S. solar insight report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has created a lot of buzz in recent weeks. The report, which analyzed the growth of residential solar in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2015, announced a 76% increase from 2014’s first quarter.

In fact, 51% of all new electricity in the country was generated by solar panels owned by people just like you. This is particularly good news because it shows that everyday American homeowners are truly starting to embrace solar and its potential.

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Put a leash on ‘standby power’

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Standby power, vampire power, phantom load, ghost electricity, leaking electricity. These are all terms used to describe wasted energy that most people are entirely unaware that they are wasting. Standby power refers to the energy that electronics put out when they are plugged in, but not turned on or being used.

When your microwave isn’t being used, it’s still using power.

Your phone charger that is plugged in 24/7—that’s a culprit, too. Every electronic attached to the wall all day is adding dollars to your electric bill and wasting precious energy.

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Solar panel myths and misconceptions

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Lately, solar power has come into the mainstream. Despite this recent rise, many people still have mistaken ideas about solar panels.

Myth #1: I need to be rich to afford solar panels.

Truth: Solar panels are less expensive than ever. Innovative financing programs are now available that make it possible to have your own solar-generated energy – reducing or eliminating your electric bill before you pay a dime for the system. Solar panels allow you to replace a monthly liability (your electric bill) with a valuable asset that saves you more than it costs.

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Something for nothing

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

We’ve all heard the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, what about free solar panels? Sadly, despite commercials you may have heard on the radio, there are no free solar panels, either.

What you can readily get now, however, are solar panels with no money down. While these aren’t free, you can get the benefits of the solar panels before you have to start to pay for them and reduce your monthly overall out-of-pocket expenses right away.

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Exact Solar earns Super Service Award again for 2014

Exact Solar has once again earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local marketplace in 2014.

Mark Bortman, Exact Solar owner, was thrilled with the repeat accomplishment.

“Solar energy is revolutionizing the energy landscape. We save our customers money right away, reducing or even eliminating altogether that line item in every household budget – the utility bill. The average cost-per-kwh from a residential system is generally less than half of what is paid for utility power today. And while utility prices just keep going up, your system price is fixed and you don’t have to worry about rising fuel costs with solar because the “fuel” for our systems is and always will be free. Solar is quick, easy, and affordable and our reviews reflect our commitment to bringing the highest quality systems to our customers every day while providing excellent customer service. We won’t put anything on our customers’ roofs that we wouldn’t put on our own home.”

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Solarize with your neighbors and save!

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Anyone who’s been to a big-box wholesaler knows the (not so secret) secret: buying in bulk saves money. Now, with a “Solarize Philadelphia!” campaign, that concept is being extended to solar energy systems. The idea is to band together with a bunch of neighbors and get a group discount for installing solar panels on your house.

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Some of the advantages of solar energy

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you had to turn on a light. When you stop and think about it, it is pretty incredible that every time we flip the switch, the lights go on (well, almost).

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Renewable energy becoming mainstream

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Something is happening now that I never could have imagined. As recently as a couple of years ago, it seemed that solar panels were the domain of the rich and NASA. That is not the case anymore. Solar panels have become mainstream, so mainstream that there’s now a category for Best Solar Panel Installations in the Best of Philly annual awards.

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