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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

Top 5 Solar Myths

Solar panels don’t work when it’s cloudy - Solar panels will very rarely stop generating during cloudy weather and the reason is quite simple - clouds don’t completely block sunlight. The amount of solar energy generated during cloudy weather is reduced due to solar radiation being absorbed or reflected by the clouds. How much radiation [...]

By |2021-04-15T03:34:46-06:00March 10th, 2021|Information|0 Comments

President Elect Biden and Renewable Energy

In early 2021 we will have a new administration in Washington DC that has pledged to be more involved in advancing renewable energy systems around the country.  The question that I often get is how will this play out here in Colorado?   While no one has a crystal ball, I believe it is very [...]

By |2021-04-15T03:47:14-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Information|0 Comments

2020 Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (ITC)

The federal earned income tax credit ITC has been in place since 2005 and has played a major roll in the adoption of solar energy across the country. The credit has allowed homeowners and commercial entities to deduct a significant portion of the cost of their solar system installation from their income taxes, which made [...]

By |2020-11-30T11:31:27-07:00November 2nd, 2020|Information, News|0 Comments

Financing a Solar Photovoltaic System

With financing, like with the Solar Photovoltaic system itself, their is no one size fits all.  The financing package that you pick is custom designed to meet your needs, your expectations, and perhaps your equity position in your home. In general, solar financing falls into 3 basic categories: 100% of the cost wrapped into your [...]

By |2020-11-30T11:31:27-07:00August 2nd, 2020|Information, News|0 Comments

Understanding your Xcel Bill

Xcel makes it very confusing to understand the electric bill once you install a Photovoltaic system, so you are not alone in feeling baffled by how it is represented. Let me trying to help put the pieces together, and explain how they do the billing. Xcel’s labeling is a misnomer so lets decode that first:“Total [...]

By |2020-11-30T11:31:27-07:00July 6th, 2020|Information|0 Comments
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