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What’s the Best Time to Start Installing Solar Panels?

A lot of people don’t know that winter is the best time to start shopping for solar. Here at ARE Solar, we recommend contracting in January-February and building in April. This way, your system is ready and running for the peak production months of May, June, and July, allowing you to see the highest return [...]

By |2021-12-01T15:13:10-07:00December 1st, 2021|Information|0 Comments

What is the Difference Between a Kilowatt and a Kilowatt Hour?

When you get your electricity bill, there’s a good chance you look at the total cost before anything else. Your electricity is billed by the kilowatt hour (kWh), but what does that even mean, and how is it different from a kilowatt (kW)? Let’s break it down. A kilowatt is a unit (equal to 1000 [...]

By |2021-11-04T10:19:35-06:00November 4th, 2021|Information|0 Comments

How Effective are Solar Panels in Winter?

How does temperature affect solar panels? Solar panels absorb energy from the sun’s light, not from its heat. This means that even in cold temperatures, your solar panels will generate electricity as long as sunlight is hitting them. In fact, your photovoltaic panels will run more efficiently on a cold, clear day than in hotter [...]

By |2021-10-01T11:15:47-06:00October 1st, 2021|Information|0 Comments

How Much Money Can I Save with Solar?

Colorado and the federal government give you a lot of incentives to go solar - not only will you not have to pay any sales tax on your new system, you’ll also get paid by the U.S. government to build a solar system. Plus you gain the added advantage of banking any extra solar energy [...]

By |2021-09-01T11:32:11-06:00September 1st, 2021|Information|0 Comments

How Long Do Solar Panels Last

You’ll be happy to find out that a solar installation has a surprisingly long lifespan! Most solar panels will last an average of 25 to 40 years. Which is why most solar companies offer a 25-year production warranty. While you probably won’t need to replace your solar system for another 40 years from installation, the [...]

By |2021-08-04T13:58:47-06:00August 4th, 2021|Information|0 Comments

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need and Why?

Determining how many solar panels you’ll need for your home means first knowing what your goals are. There is a lot more than just the size of your house or building that needs to be considered when determining the number of panels you will need. To calculate how many solar panels you need, follow these [...]

By |2021-07-20T10:05:30-06:00July 20th, 2021|Information|0 Comments

Environmental Impact of Solar

How much do you know about solar energy? You’ve probably heard things like it can help you save on your electric bill or eventually eliminate it completely. While these statements are TRUE, the positive environmental impacts of solar energy are very important and worth understanding, too. Top 4 Environmental Benefits of Going Solar No pollution. [...]

By |2021-06-09T16:27:47-06:00June 9th, 2021|Information|0 Comments

How Net Metering Works

What Is Net Metering? If you’re new to the solar world, you may have heard the words "net metering" thrown around and wondered what this term means. Net Metering is a system in which solar panels (or other renewable energy generators) are installed at a home or business, and then connected to a public-utility power [...]

By |2021-05-18T12:38:15-06:00May 18th, 2021|Information|0 Comments

What is a Kilowatt and a Kilowatt Hour?

When you get your electricity bill, the chances are high that you look at the total cost first. Most likely, you stop at that and don’t bother examining the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) you’ve consumed. Maybe you don’t even know what those numbers mean and what’s the difference between a kW and a kWh. Well, [...]

By |2021-04-20T14:22:09-06:00April 20th, 2021|Information|0 Comments

Things to Know When There’s a Hail Storm

Everybody knows that if you live in Colorado you’re going to endure a few hail storms each year. At ARE, the solar panels we provide are manufacturer-tested to ensure that they are capable of withstanding Colorado hail storms. In most cases, solar panels are tested and certified to withstand hail of up to 25 mm [...]

By |2021-04-15T03:33:07-06:00April 8th, 2021|Information|0 Comments
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