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Sara Gambone

Sara is a content writer for Paradise Energy Solutions.

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Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

SolarEdge vs. Enphase: Which solar inverter brand is better?

While they work a little differently, both SolarEdge and Enphase inverters allow for panel-level optimization. This can mean a more

Solar for Businesses | 6 min read

Payback and ROI of Solar Energy for Farms & Businesses 2021

Installing solar panels requires an upfront investment. The return on that investment and the length of the payback period is often a

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

Solar Inverter Clipping: What it is and when it could be a good thing

Inverters are the brains of a solar energy system. They’re charged with the critical task of converting the DC electricity produced by

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

Axitec vs. SunPower: Which solar panel brand is better?

Making sure you end up with the right type of solar panels is an essential step in the solar investment process. However, with dozens of

Solar Financing | 4 min read

The Cost of Solar Panels in Virginia

From Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay regions to Southern Virginia, to Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, solar

Solar Financing | 3 min read

The Cost of Installing Solar Panels in New York State

There’s no one-size-fits-all solar system, which makes nailing down the average cost of solar in New York a little tricky. Pricing will

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

SolarEdge vs SMA: Which Solar Inverter is Best for You?

Inverters are an essential component of a solar energy system. They convert the DC electricity generated by your solar panels into AC

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How Does Shade and Bad Weather Impact Solar Panels?

Solar energy takes light from the sun and turns it into free electricity. But shade from nearby trees, roofs, or buildings can

Solar for Farmers | 6 min read

The Pros and Cons of Solar Energy for Farmers

What if you could get rid of one of your farm’s biggest monthly expenses? What if you could do this without significantly changing your

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Does My Property Get Enough Sun for Solar Panels?

Northern Ohio is one of the cloudiest areas in the country. In any given year, locals can expect thick clouds or rain 55% of the days.

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

What’s the Cost of a Ground-Mount Solar System?

Ground-mounted solar systems are a free-standing structure that supports solar panels. Because they can be installed wherever conditions

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Guide to Solar Carports

If you’re looking for covered parking ideas and you’re interested in cutting one of your biggest monthly expenses, a solar carport could

Solar for Homeowners | 8 min read

Net Metering: How It Works & Where It’s Available

Net metering is a method used by many utility companies to compensate you for the overproduction of electricity (kWh) generated in a

Solar Equipment | 5 min read

Ballast Mounted Solar Systems: Installation & Roof Requirements

Most of the solar energy systems we see in our community are installed on pitched roofs or as a ground mount, but what about flat roofs?

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

Payback and ROI of Solar Energy for Homeowners in 2021

Investing in a solar energy system can have powerful financial benefits for your home, allowing you to all but eliminate your monthly

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

LG Solar Panels vs Q CELLS: Which Panels Are Best For You?

When you’re looking to install a solar energy system, an important step is comparing solar panel brands to find the one that is best for

Solar for Homeowners | 8 min read

The Top 10 Counties in Ohio for Solar Energy

Ohio may not be the first or second place that comes to mind when thinking about great places to install solar energy. It’s not known as

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Are Solar Batteries Worth It?

There’s no way around it -- a solar energy system requires a significant upfront investment, though it can save you a substantial amount

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

Rapid Shutdown For Solar Energy: What It Is & Why You Need It

The National Electric Code (NEC) sets the standard for electrical wiring and equipment. Solar energy systems fall under the NEC and

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

Axitec vs Q Cells: Which Solar Panels Are Better?

From how much energy your solar system produces to how much you pay, the solar panel brand you choose can have a big impact on your

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

Which Solar Panels Are Better?: Axitec vs LG Solar

Ensuring you install dependable, high-quality panels is a big part of creating a successful solar system that produces free electricity

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

5 Myths About Solar Energy

There’s a lot of misleading information on the internet, and no topic is safe, including renewable energy. 

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Can Solar Panels Cause Fires?

It’s extremely rare for solar panel systems to cause fires. However, before installing solar panels on your property you should fully

Solar Financing | 4 min read

Solar Financing for Businesses: Everything You Need To Know

A solar energy system can be an extremely valuable asset for small, medium, and large businesses alike. Not only can solar power

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

5 Things to Know Before You Install a Ground-Mounted Solar System

Are you thinking about installing a solar energy system?

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

Is Solar Energy a Good Investment for You? Here's 5 ways to know

We think solar is pretty great. In addition to generating emission-free electricity fueled by the most abundant energy source on Earth

Solar Equipment | 5 min read

What Type of Electric Meters Are Used With Solar Energy Systems?

There’s more to a solar energy system than just the solar panels. They’re the star of the show, producing emission- and cost-free

Solar for Homeowners | 9 min read

What Solar Panel Incentives Are Available in Your State?

A solar system will produce free electricity for your home, business, or farm for decades. In just a few years, your solar system can

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

How to Choose the Best Solar Panels

A lot bit hinges on the type of solar panels you choose to install. High-quality panels from a reputable manufacturer can last decades

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

What Are the Most Efficient Solar Panels?

If you’re looking for the best solar panels, efficiency can be a good metric to consider. In this blog, we’ll explain what exactly solar

Solar for Businesses | 6 min read

Pros and cons of solar energy for your business

To put it simply, solar can be a fantastic, eco-friendly investment for many businesses, but it isn’t for everyone. Deciding whether or

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

National vs Local Solar Installers: Who's Better?

When you’re looking for a solar installer, you’re going to want a company that provides great service, does quality work, and offers a

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Can a House Run on Solar Power Alone

Whether for economic reasons, ecological reasons, or both, getting 100% of your electricity from your own renewable energy source can be

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

How to Get the Best Price for Your Solar System

There’s no denying that installing a solar system is a significant investment. But the payback can be great even if the installation

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

Why Are Some Solar Installers Less Expensive Than Others

You’re thinking about installing a solar system. As a savvy consumer, you do your due diligence, research reputable solar installers in

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

The Top Risks to Owning a Solar System

All investments have some level of risk and a potential reward. Any savvy investor needs to have a thorough understanding of both before

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 ongoing 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 | 3 min read

Can Solar Panels be Recycled?

Solar ownership is a long-term investment. Many manufacturers guarantee their solar panels up to 25 or even 30 years. And it’s very

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

Solar Equipment | 4 min read

What Are Bifacial Solar Panels

Most of the solar panels you see are monofacial solar panels. Sunlight hits the top face of the panel and it generates electricity. 

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 Equipment | 3 min read

Batteries & Generators: Can They Work Together With Solar?

No one likes to be unprepared. Whether it’s severe storms, downed trees, or even a car accident, power outages are unpredictable, and

Solar Equipment | 5 min read

LG Solar Panels vs. SunPower Solar Panels

If you’re thinking about making the investment in a solar system, you’re going to want the best equipment you can get, price considered.

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 | 6 min read

The Difference Between Off-Grid and On-Grid Solar Energy

Off-grid vs. grid-tied solar. Ground mount vs. roof mount. Polycrystalline panels vs monocrystalline. 

Solar for Businesses | 7 min read

Payback and ROI of Solar Energy for Farms & Businesses

If you’re considering a solar investment, you’re going to want to know your solar power payback period and PV system’s return on

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

Should I Get Solar Panels Now or Wait?

Whether it’s a cell phone, smartwatch, or tablet, when it comes to technology, one of the most exciting things about it is that devices

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 Equipment | 4 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?

On September 11, 2018, a hurricane with 1-minute-long gusts of wind at speeds of 150 mph raged off the coast of North Carolina. As the

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

Third-Party Energy Suppliers: Do I Need One?

Many states in the country allow you to sign up for a third-party energy supplier. While these companies introduce competition into the

News | 10 min read

Top 10 Counties in Maryland for Solar

In May of 2019, Maryland passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, mandating that 50% of the state’s electricity be produced by renewable energy

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 for Homeowners | 4 min read

Should I Expand My Solar System?

Sunshine Inc. installs a solar system that meets 100% of their electricity needs. They’re thrilled with the initial tax savings, and

Solar for Businesses | 5 min read

A Non-Profit's Guide to Solar Energy

What do faith-based organizations, charter schools, health care facilities, public schools, affordable housing, and other non-profit

News | 9 min read

Top 10 Counties in Upstate New York for Solar

With New York’s goal to reach 70% renewable energy by 2030, the attention of many is shifting to alternative energy sources. But does

Solar Financing | 4 min read

How Solar Panel Depreciation Works

Depreciation on solar panels is one of the easiest ways businesses and farms looking to go solar can keep installation costs down, ROIs

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, you know that

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 for Businesses | 6 min read

Should My Business Go Solar

Maybe you’ve noticed a lot of businesses in your area covering their roofs with solar panels or heard how so many fortune 500 companies

News | 5 min read

What Is New York’s VDER Value Stack?

Sunlight strikes your solar panels, science does its magic, and power is instantaneously generated in the form of kWh. Your business,

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

News | 4 min read

What You Need to Know About NEC 2017’s New Solar Code

If you’re looking to install solar panels, you may have heard some buzz around the changing National Electric Code and its impacts on PV

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 Businesses | 3 min read

Demand Charges with Solar Energy: How They Work and What You Can Do

If you have a solar system or are thinking about installing a solar system, it’s important to understand what your electric bill will

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

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

Leasing vs. Buying Solar Panels: What’s Better?

You want solar panels. Whether to go green, save green, or a combination of both, solar panels offer homeowners the opportunity to make