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SETO Spotlight: Solar and Real Estate

SETO Spotlight: Solar and Real Estate

With nearly one million solar energy systems installed on residential rooftops across the country, buying or selling a solar home is getting more and more common. Just like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement increases a home’s value, solar has been shown to...
Community Solar Basics

Community Solar Basics

What is Community Solar? The U.S. Department of Energy defines community solar as any solar project or purchasing program, within a geographic area, in which the benefits of a solar project flow to multiple customers such as individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and...
Solar Rooftop Potential

Solar Rooftop Potential

Solar rooftop potential for the entire country is the number of rooftops that would be suitable for solar power, depending on size, shading, direction, and location. Rooftop potential is not equivalent to the economic or market potential for rooftop solar—it doesn’t...
Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics

Photovoltaic (PV) technologies – more commonly known as solar panels – generate power using devices that absorb energy from sunlight and convert it into electrical energy through semiconducting materials. These devices, known as solar cells, are then connected to form...
Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar

Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar

Solar projects are making it easier for Americans to choose solar energy to power their homes. Department of Energy Since 2008, hundreds of thousands of solar panels have popped up across the country as an increasing number of Americans choose to power their daily...
Solar Soft Costs Basics

Solar Soft Costs Basics

Dennis Schroeder / NREL What are solar energy soft costs and why do they matter? Soft costs are the non-hardware costs associated with going solar. These costs include permitting, financing, and installing solar, as well as the expenses solar companies incur to...
Solar Performance and Efficiency

Solar Performance and Efficiency

The conversion efficiency of a photovoltaic (PV) cell, or solar cell, is the percentage of the solar energy shining on a PV device that is converted into usable electricity. Improving this conversion efficiency is a key goal of research and helps make PV technologies...
Solar Photovoltaic System Design Basics

Solar Photovoltaic System Design Basics

Solar photovoltaic modules are where the electricity gets generated, but are only one of the many parts in a complete photovoltaic (PV) system. In order for the generated electricity to be useful in a home or business, a number of other technologies must be in place....
PV Cells 101: A Primer on the Solar Photovoltaic Cell

PV Cells 101: A Primer on the Solar Photovoltaic Cell

Solar cells that are strung together make a module, and when modules are connected, they make a solar system, or installation. A typical residential rooftop solar system has about 30 modules.   Now we can get down to business. How a Solar Cell Works Solar cells...