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The Importance of a Solar Operations and Maintenance Agreement

Posted by AllEarth Renewables on August 10, 2016

One of the biggest priorities of the US solar industry has been to increase the power production of systems and reduce the cost of modules, inverters, components, and manufacturing processes. However, as the industry matures and the volume and age of installed systems increases, it has become clear that solar operations and maintenance (O&M) is an integral part of the equation for the long-term viability of any system.

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Topics: Solar O&M, Selling Solar, Solar Maintenance, Solar System Design, Cost of Solar Systems, Solar System Issues and Considerations, Dealers, Consumer

The Right Way to Measure the Value of a Solar System

Posted by AllEarth Renewables on July 27, 2016

When considering any investment in solar it is critical to look beyond the simple math of the installed cost of the system. In business, an investment is assessed not on the upfront capital expenditure but rather on the longer-term return on investment. In a similar fashion, when assessing the value of a solar installation, it is critical to look beyond the upfront installed cost and focus on the long-term energy production.

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Topics: Types of Solar, Cost of Solar Systems, Sizing a Solar System, Maximizing Power Production, Dealers, Consumer

The Value of Dual-Axis Trackers in Small Commercial Solar

Posted by AllEarth Renewables on July 13, 2016

One of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck in a small commercial solar project is reframing the way you think about project value and moving beyond the traditional dollar per watt measures. Although a fixed-mount system might have a lower cost per watt, dual-axis trackers provide a higher production capacity, are more versatile when it comes to siting and land usage, and ultimately cost less when it comes measuring dollar per kilowatt-hour, creating a much better overall value for the project.

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Topics: Types of Solar, Solar System Design, Cost of Solar Systems, Small Commercial Solar, Commercial Solar Systems, Maximizing Power Production, Dealers, Consumer

Purchase vs. PPA: Comparing Two Ways to Go Solar

Posted by AllEarth Renewables on May 31, 2016

When it comes to going solar, weighing your options can be confusing. For most customers, the decision comes down to buying a system outright, or financing the system through a lease/buyback program or power purchase agreement. Both a purchase and a PPA have their benefits and drawbacks, but figuring out which one is best for you requires some thought. 

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Topics: Solar System Issues and Considerations, Cost of Solar Systems, Advantages of Solar Power, Selling Solar, Types of Solar, Solar Financing, Consumer

The True Value of a Solar Installation

Posted by AllEarth Renewables on April 14, 2016

As customers consider an investment in solar, it's critical that they look beyond the simple math of the installed cost per watt of the system, and focus instead on maximizing energy production. Simply assessing a system based on its static capacity (measured by kilowatts) doesn't provide the whole picture: looking at the system's dynamic output over time and the cost per kilowatt hour is a better measure of solar benefit.  

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Topics: Solar System Issues and Considerations, Installation Issues, Cost of Solar Systems, Consumer, Dealers

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