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Ask an Expert: Is Solar Worth It?

We are often asked: Is solar for powering my home economically feasible yet? If I only plan to stay in this house 6-8 years does it make sense to invest in solar? The answer to both of these questions is “it depends”. The primary factors that influence the cost-effectiveness of a solar investment are the […]

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Where Solar Pays

CSU Extension recently unveiled our interactive 2018 Solar Payback map of home solar arrays in Colorado rural electric association service territories, and there is a lot of data there to analyze. Perhaps the most meaningful map layer is called “Payback with 3% Electric Rate Inflation”. This shows how quickly a household could get its money […]

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Impact of Solar Tariffs

We are inching ever closer to a firm decision on the fate of tariffs on imported solar cells and panels. In September, the U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously agreed that imports of these goods from certain countries cause serious harm to the domestic manufacturing industry. Then on October 31, ITC Commissioners made specific recommendations to […]

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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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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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