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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

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Your Ultimate Guide to American-Made Solar Panels

As of June 2022, the United States' total installed solar capacity reached 130.9 GWdc — enough electricity to power 23 million homes.

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

Net Billing vs. Net Metering For Solar Overproduction

Net metering and net billing for solar energy are essential terms to know and understand. They are the methods used to compensate you for

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

What Are The Best Solar Panels On The Market?

Axitec, Jinko, Panasonic, Peimar, Q Cells, and SunPower create some of the best solar panels on the market today. 

Solar for Businesses | 6 min read

4 Green Investments That Can Save Your Business Money Now

Reduce overhead, increase profit. That’s one of the key tenets of many successful businesses. However, as you probably can attest,

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

How Solar Owners Can Make Money Selling SRECs in Virgina

Virginia and two of its largest electric service providers are getting serious about green. And if you’re a solar owner in the state, this

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Need Your Solar Panels Cleaned? Here’s What You Need to Know

Anything that stands between your solar panels and sunlight will impact your system’s production.

Solar for Businesses | 3 min read

Can You Have Solar Panels on a Flat Roof?

Yes, you can install solar panels on buildings with flat roofs. A solar panel roof design does not just work; it provides a long list of

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

Does Solar Increase Your Property Taxes?

Property taxes can be a significant added cost to owning property, and no one is looking to pay more taxes.

Solar for Businesses | 6 min read

Payback and ROI of Solar Energy for Farms & Businesses

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

Solar for Businesses | 4 min read

How does Solar Energy Meter Aggregation Work?

Nestled at the base of the Catoctin Mountains just outside of Frederick, MD sits Woodvale Farms—a 150-acre equestrian facility. 

Solar for Businesses | 3 min read

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost for a Business?

As electricity costs rise, businesses must find strategies to control this expense. That’s where solar comes in. With a solar energy

Solar for Businesses | 3 min read

Can You Install Solar Panels on a Metal Roof?

In short, yes, you can install solar panels on a metal roof. There are secure installation options for both standing seam metal roofs and

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How Does a Grid-Tied Solar System Work?

A solar energy system can transform energy from the sun into electricity. With the proper setup, the electricity your solar panels generate

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

What Does It Cost to Install Solar Panels in Syracuse?

The one thing everyone looking to install solar wants to know is how much it will cost them.

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

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

Solar panels turn sunlight into free electricity, earning them all the glory in a solar energy system. But without inverters, that

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 the

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

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

Ensuring you have the right type of solar panels is an essential step in the solar investment process. However, sorting through and

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 dramatically

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 Panels?

Ground-mounted solar systems are free-standing structures that support solar panels. Because they can be installed wherever conditions are

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 be

Solar for Homeowners | 8 min read

What is Net Metering for Solar?

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

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 | 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 | 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 of

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 there

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

LG Solar Update - since publishing this blog, LG has stopped manufacturing solar panels. Check out the video below to learn how this is

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 | 4 min read

The Cost to Remove and Reinstall Solar Panels

In most cases, a solar energy system is a set-and-forget cost-savings solution that is expected to last 30+ years. But there are some

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 | 5 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 (the

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 pay

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 and

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 not

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 fair

Solar for Businesses | 4 min read

How To Use The Solar Tax Credit Safe Harbor

All good things must come to an end, and in 2021, the26% federal tax credit will step down to 22%. In 2022, the credit is scheduled to

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

What are the top risks of solar energy?

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 hundreds

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

What’s the Lifespan of a Solar Battery?

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

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 | 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 your

Solar for Homeowners | 4 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 a

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

Are Solar Panels Worth It in New York?

I remember my great grandfather fondly discussing what it was like in 1910 when folks were healthily debating the idea of whether or not

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 for Homeowners | 4 min read

7 Tips for Installing a Solar Energy System in Pennsylvania

Buying a solar energy system is the same no matter where you live, right? Well, yes and no.

Solar for Homeowners | 7 min read

How Does The Federal Solar Tax Credit Work?

Billed as “the most aggressive action on tackling the climate crisis in American history,” the US government passed the Inflation Reduction

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 doesn’t

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

All You Need To Know About Solar System Monitoring

One of the greatest attributes of solar energy is its transparency. Solar system owners can access their system’s performance at virtually

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 Homeowners | 5 min read

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

Is going solar a good idea? The answer to this question can vary for each situation. Being a solar installation company, it is our mission

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How Much Electricity Does A Solar Panel Produce?

Solar power is a great way to offset your energy bills. But just how much electricity do solar panels produce, and how many panels will you

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 top

Solar for Homeowners | 5 min read

The Cost and Frequency of Solar Maintenance

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

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

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 | 3 min read

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Going Solar

You’ve decided to invest in solar energy to put an end to your monthly electric bills. Now it’s time to gather information and learn from

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

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 Homeowners | 3 min read

Your Guide To Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)

One of the lesser-known benefits of owning a solar energy system is Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). SRECs may not be a household

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 for Homeowners | 2 min read

Who Are The Top Solar Panel Installers in Delaware?

It is our goal at Paradise Energy Solutions to help the people of Delaware make the best decision when it comes to selecting the right

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 are

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 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 look

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

How to Understand and Compare Your Solar Energy Proposals

Are you looking for a better way to buy your electricity?  Are you deciding on whether solar is right for you? If so, don’t let the

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

All You Need To Know About Solar Panel Warranties

There are several important components that need to be examined when looking at solar energy warranties. It’s important that you’re aware

Solar Financing | 2 min read

What Does Commercial Solar Cost in Ohio?

If you’re considering solar for your Ohio-based business, now is a good time to make the switch.

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

A Realtor's Guide To Listing a Property With a Solar System

As a real estate agent, you have probably come across property listings with a solar energy system.  Whether you are representing the

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

5 Tips For Designing Your Next Building with Solar Energy in Mind

Are you planning to build a new building for your business or a new home? We’ve compiled a list of 5 tips that you should take into

Solar for Businesses | 3 min read

4 Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Demand Charges

Demand Charges – What are they? How are they calculated, and how can you reduce them and save money?

Solar for Homeowners | 2 min read

Do I Need Insurance For My Solar System?

Does your solar system need to be insured? The short answer is yes. Installing a solar system is a big investment that will have

Solar for Homeowners | 2 min read

The 6 Step Going Solar Process for Your Solar Panel Installation Project

Here at Paradise Energy Solutions, the process of going solar is broken into six main steps. Paradise Energy Solutions will guide you

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

Ground Mount vs Roof Mount Solar Systems: A Comparison

There are a couple of different types of installation methods for solar panels. Here at Paradise Energy Solutions, we install roof-mounted

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How Much Does Solar Energy Cost?

The first and most obvious question we receive from people interested in solar energy is: How much do solar panels cost?

Solar for Homeowners | 6 min read

Top 10 Counties for Solar in Pennsylvania

As the demand for clean, renewable energy expands in the United States, Pennsylvania is quickly becoming a force in the Northeast for solar

Solar for Homeowners | 1 min read

Can I Put Solar on My Roof?

Will solar energy work with my roof? Chances are yes! Solar panels can be attached to most roof types, flat or sloping. Our operations team

Solar Financing | 3 min read

Solar Land Lease vs. Solar Ownership

If you’re a farmer, the chances are you have been approached by solar companies proposing to lease your land for the purpose of installing

Solar for Homeowners | 1 min read

What Happens to Your Solar Panels in a Power Outage

Before we answer this common question that we receive on a daily basis, we want to point out that most solar systems installed today are

Solar for Businesses | 1 min read

What is Virtual Net Metering?

Virtual net metering, also referred to as virtual meter aggregation, is a billing mechanism that allows a customer to credit kWh’s

Solar for Businesses | 2 min read

Understanding Solar Paybacks

One of the first things that most customers ask when considering a solar system is “What is the payback?” While the payback period is

Solar for Businesses | 1 min read

What are Benefits of Solar Energy for Specific Industries?

These Industries can take advantage of Solar Energy

Solar for Homeowners | 1 min read

Will Solar Ruin My Roof?

No. A solar installation will not damage your roof in any way. This is a concern for some customers, especially if they have just spent