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Category Archives: Explore Renewables

Green Power Purchasing

As utilities continue their march toward clean and renewable energy, it may be time to rethink the value of green power purchasing programs. These programs, such as Xcel’s WindSource program, can be hard to understand. At a basic level, a utility customer can choose to pay a premium on one’s own energy consumption to support […]

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A Plethora of Solar Options 3

In Part One of this series, we explored some basic reasons for choosing between solar leasing, owning, and gardening. In Part Two, we dove deeper into the financial reasons behind this decision. In this Part Three, we’ll summarize the comparison in order to help you and your network make informed decisions around home solar. Although […]

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A Plethora of Solar Options 1

Note: This post is Part One of a series on solar options. Here we compare the basics of solar leasing, purchasing, and gardening. Part Two keys in on the financial aspects of the options. Part Three summarizes the lessons learned from the first two posts. What makes something a ‘plethora’? I hope many of you […]

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Two Sides to a Tariff

President Trump has indicated interest in placing tariffs on foreign imports in order to boost domestic manufacturing. For the solar industry, however, the issue of tariffs gets complicated fast. For context, it’s important to understand that solar panels are made up of solar cells that actually generate the electricity. American solar cell manufacturing has been […]

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Weatherstrip Your Furnace

Weatherstrip your furnace. Caulk your solar panels. Drive an electric hot water heater. With so much energy information being thrown about, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed. So here’s our attempt to break down some simple and straightforward energy advice that goes a bit beyond the norm. Get an audit. If you’re serious about […]

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Solar Calculator

CLICK HERE TO GO STRAIGHT TO OUR SOLAR CALCULATOR. With solar installations and solar financing options continuing to grow in the state, Colorado State University Extension has developed an online calculator that provides costs and benefits for those considering taking the leap. The calculator goes beyond existing estimators by allowing for rooftop or ground mount […]

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Liening Solar?

By guest author Andrew Ehrnstein of Solar City Those considering going solar may wonder, ‘does installing solar on my house create a lien’? The short answer is: almost certainly not. It does depend on the company. However, it would be good to know what a lien is, and how this might or might not come […]

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The Question is the Answer

On this Election Day, most of us can probably agree on one thing: we’re tired. Tired of divisiveness in particular. Perhaps your views of an old friend have changed, or you’ve been dragging around a low-level anxiety with you for weeks or months. Uncertainty and charged emotions can be a destructive combination. In many ways, […]

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