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Sara Gambone

Sara is a content writer for Paradise Energy Solutions.

Recent Posts

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

5 Hidden Costs to Going Solar That You Should Be Aware Of

Solar energy can be a great financial investment for many. System owners can quickly take control of an on-going expense and save

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How Long Do Solar Batteries Last?

Whether it’s to keep critical loads running during a power outage or to strategically offset demand charges for a less expensive

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Avoid These 3 Costly Mistakes When Selecting Solar Panels

Solar panels can make up about 30% of your solar system’s cost. As a significant portion of your solar investment, it’s important to

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Is My Roof Strong Enough for Solar Panels?

Installing a solar system on your roof is a great way to take advantage of underused space. While roofs provide the obvious benefits of

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

4 Steps to Ensure Your Home Is Ready for a Power Outage

You heard the alerts all day. Severe weather is predicted in your area for this evening. You keep an eye on the dark clouds as they

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

Solar Energy Vs Wind Power: Which is Better?

Coffee vs. water. Renting vs. owning. Hitting snooze vs. Getting up on time.

Solar for Businesses | 4 min read

How Solar Helps Build a Great Legacy Business

The desire to make things better for our kids is human nature. We want to see them better off than we were, whether that’s more

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

How the ROI of Solar Compares to Traditional Retirement Saving Methods

First things first, we want to say we’re solar energy experts, not financial experts. While we’re knowledgeable on the financial side of

Solar for Homeowners | 7 min read

How to Calculate Solar Production

One of the most important things you’ll get to see in your solar proposal is the estimated productivity of your system. This number will

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

What Kind of Solar Inverter Do I Need?

Inverters are an essential component of a solar system. These complex bits of technology are what turn the raw DC power generated by

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

Can I Install Solar in the Fall or Winter?

When most people think of solar energy, they picture their panels churning out kilowatt-hour after kilowatt-hour under the summer sun on

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

How to Prepare for a Solar Installation at Your Home

Installing a solar energy system at your home is an easy way to stop paying for electricity and start having a positive impact on the

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost for a 1,000 Square Foot House

One of the first questions anyone has when they’re considering installing solar panels is how much they’ll cost. But solar is not a

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Can I Make Money Selling Power Back to the Utility Company?

It’s absolutely true that solar energy can be a great financial investment. But it isn’t because of the money you make, it’s because of

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

DIY Solar - Can I Install Solar Panels Myself?

Whether it’s to save money, flex our weekend warrior skills, or savor the sweet accomplishment of building something with our own hands,

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

How to Keep a Solar Energy System Working When the Power Goes Out

All it takes to generate electricity is a properly functioning solar system and some sunshine - so many would think that they would

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

Will Solar Panels Be Cheaper in the Future?

While the technology that transforms sunlight into electricity has been around for decades, it wasn’t until the 2000s that solar power

Solar Basics | 5 min read

5 Surprising Facts About Solar Energy

In the 2010s, solar energy transformed from an expensive option for forward-thinkers into an incredibly valuable investment for a large

Solar for Businesses | 6 min read

How to Reduce Your Business’s Electric Bill & Carbon Footprint

What if there was something you could do at your business that reduced your overhead and attracted more customers at the same time?

Solar Equipment | 5 min read

How Green is Solar Energy?

A healthy bit of skepticism is important these days. From outrageous news stories with sketchy origins to grandiose claims made by

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

How to Reduce Your Home's Electric Bill & Your Carbon Footprint

Spend less money on bills; help the environment. Using less electricity at your home is a win-win for just about everyone. Reducing a

Solar for Homeowners | 7 min read

Is Solar Right for Your Home?

Who couldn’t benefit from one less bill to pay? Especially one as substantial as your monthly electricity bill.

Solar Equipment | 4 min read

Top 10 Solar Panel Brands in 2020

There are hundreds of solar panel manufacturers out there. With so many options, it’s hard to narrow down that list to find the panels

News | 2 min read

2019 Year in Review

  2019 was a big year for solar energy. The residential sector set a new installation record in the third quarter by adding over

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How Much Can You Back-Up with Solar Energy Battery Storage?

It’s a snowy Saturday afternoon. You’ve caught up on all your household duties and errands. It’s finally time to sit down on your couch

Solar Equipment | 4 min read

Will Solar Panels Work During a Power Outage?

What does solar energy mean to you? Saving the environment? Saving money? Or maybe it’s independence from the electric utility. Solar

Miscellaneous | 4 min read

How Solar Panels are Attached to Your Roof

Roofs have an important job. They keep warmth in and keep everything else out. However, they can’t do much else - and unless you have a

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

6 Reasons Why Solar is a Safe Investment

  The great thing about investing is that we’re using our money to make us more money. The worst part about investing is that it

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

How Reliable is Solar Energy?

Apple, Amazon, Target, Walmart - what do these tech revolutionaries and retail giants have in common? They run on solar energy. As the

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

The Cost and Frequency of Solar Maintenance

Do solar panels or PV system need maintenance, and if so, how often and how much will it cost? If you’re considering installing a solar

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

4 Ways to Tell If Solar Is Right for You

Solar energy isn’t for everyone. 

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Can Solar Panels Cause Fires?

In just a few months apart from each other, seven of Walmart’s solar systems caught on fire. What did they have in common? They were

Solar Equipment | 5 min read

Solar EV Chargers: Power Your Car with Sunshine

13,476 miles. That’s how much the average American drives each year, according to the US Department of Transportation. To put that in

Solar Equipment | 5 min read

How to Size Batteries for a Solar System

Grid-tied solar doesn’t work when the electricity goes out. While it is frustrating, having a grid-tied system gives you many other

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How Safe Are Your Solar Panels in Severe Weather?

Marines removing a tree downed by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps - photo by Lance Cpl.

Solar Basics | 3 min read

How Does Weather Affect Solar Panels’ Production?

Each hour, 430 quintillion Joules of energy from the sun find their way to Earth. That’s more energy than the entire planet uses in one

Solar Equipment | 4 min read

Do Solar Panels Need to be Cleaned?

Pollen, dust, sea salt, or pollution - if it’s in the air, it’ll eventually end up on your panels. And as a solar owner or solar

Solar for Farmers | 4 min read

Solar’s Impact on Your Farm’s Land and Animals

The Parrys own and operate an 80-acre poultry farm in Hartly, DE. Like so many farmers, they were facing high electricity bills that ate

Solar Basics | 5 min read

Solar Panel Degradation and The Lifespan of Solar Panels

There are plenty of things that get better with age - like cheeses, cast iron skillets, high-quality leather, and 401Ks. However, this

Solar Financing | 7 min read

How to Apply for a Solar USDA REAP Grant

The electric savings from solar energy can have a huge impact on your business or farm’s bottom line. Depending on your solar system’s

Solar Equipment | 4 min read

The Best Batteries for Solar Power Storage

Whether you’re looking for a way to keep the lights on when the grid goes down or you want to help offset demand charges, continued

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Designing an Attractive-Looking Solar System

So you’ve done the research on renewable energies and are considering installing solar. The ROI and low electricity bills sound great,

Solar Basics | 3 min read

How to Take Care of Snow on Your Solar Panels

Snow. Some of us love it and some of us hate it, but if you live in the Mid-Atlantic States, it’s often an inescapable part of the

Solar Equipment | 4 min read

Can You Add Batteries to Your Existing Solar System?

For years, batteries have been a way to store excess power for solar systems.  But until recently, due to their high cost and low

News | 5 min read

Solar Power Rocks’ State Solar Power Rankings Report

Each year, Solar Power Rocks releases their State Solar Power Rankings Report.  The annual report ranks all 50 states and Washington DC

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How to Lower Your Electric Bill This Winter

Less daylight, cooler weather, more time indoors. When winter comes around, it seems like there are countless reasons to draw on extra

Solar for Homeowners | 1 min read

Worried About Curb Appeal?

One of the concerns we get is the idea that solar panels will degrade the appearance of a house. We, of course, think solar panels look