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How Do Solar Panels Work?

By |2020-12-23T21:09:01+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Solar 101, Solar Technology|

You know the benefits of solar power. Lower your electric bill. Become energy independent. And be environmentally friendly at the same time. But if you’re considering making the switch to solar, there’s one more burning question you may want answered. How do solar panels actually work, anyway? How do those big, shiny blue or black

Understanding Evergy’s Solar Plans in Kansas

By |2020-12-23T19:52:42+00:00December 10th, 2020|Solar 101, Solar in the News|

After the high-profile merger between Kansas City Power & Light and Topeka-based Westar Energy, energy giant Evergy is making headlines again. This time, it’s for something that really hits home for us at KC Solar: proposed extra charges for solar panel users. A quick Google News search shows no shortage of opinions when it comes

Solar Panel Disposal and Recycling: What to Know

By |2021-01-14T17:25:05+00:00November 30th, 2020|Going Green, Solar Technology|

The benefits of solar panels are many. From a lower monthly electric bill, to increasing your home’s value, to becoming energy independent. But one of the most important benefits of solar panels is the positive impact on the environment. And when it comes to solar panel disposal at the end of their long lives, the

The 2020 Election and Solar: Joe Biden’s Energy Plans

By |2020-11-18T19:59:15+00:00November 18th, 2020|Going Green, Solar in the News|

Days after Election Day 2020, the results became clear: Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States, unseating the incumbent President Donald Trump. After four years, Americans can expect several changes from the upcoming administration. And one of those changes will be Joe Biden’s energy plans. While Biden won’t be inaugurated until

5 Popular Solar Panel Monitoring Apps to Check Out

By |2020-11-17T20:06:23+00:00November 11th, 2020|Solar Technology|

The world of solar energy is rapidly expanding. Alongside the exponential growth of technology in general. New innovations in solar power and technology are poised to make impacts on the future of renewable energy. But many of these technologies, like an app to monitor solar panels, are much more accessible than you think. You solar

Why and How to Clean Your Solar Panels

By |2020-10-30T22:42:14+00:00October 29th, 2020|Solar 101|

Months after the international COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives, there’s one thing on our minds more than it used to be: cleaning. Whether it’s meticulously washing your hands after coming home, or disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces such as keys and door knobs. But what about cleaning your solar panels? For residential solar panel system owners,

How Solar Farming Can Save Farmers Money and Help the World

By |2020-10-21T16:32:12+00:00October 12th, 2020|Going Green, Solar 101, Solar in the News, Solar Technology|

Solar infrastructure and farming can combine in a powerful way that yields increased crop production and electricity simultaneously.  What is Solar Farming? Also called agrivoltaics, solar farming involves the practice of growing plants under the shade of solar panels.  Before this method was discovered, integrating solar panel use on farms was seen as impractical, due

What To Do If Your Solar Company Goes Out of Business

By |2020-10-01T21:44:27+00:00October 1st, 2020|Solar 101, Solar in the News|

Due to the nature of the industry and the highly competitive atmosphere in the solar industry, you may call your previous solar company or installer about a maintenance issue. You find the phone number no longer in service. What do you do when you find your solar company goes out of business? The short answer

What is Net Metering, and Why Does It Matter?

By |2020-09-01T16:37:46+00:00August 25th, 2020|Going Green, Solar 101, Solar Technology, Why Solar|

Net metering is a crucial concept for solar homeowners looking to understand the cost-saving processes in the industry. Because of net metering, solar users are able to save tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of their installed system.  Net metering is the process by which homeowners are able to access and use a

Solar Aesthetics Part Two: 10 Best Solar Homes

By |2020-07-03T16:37:22+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Going Green, Solar Technology, Why Solar|

Don't think you have to sacrifice the aesthetics of your home for your commitment to renewable energy. Solar panel integrations can come standard and look like you would expect. We've explored how solar panels can be attractive in part 1 of our series. But let's look at some examples of the best solar homes. They