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Solar Basics | 3 min read

How Does a Solar Panel Produce Energy?

Solar panels take energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. But how can something so small and regular-looking turn something as

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 | 4 min read

Are Solar Shingles a Good Solution for Rooftop Solar Production?

Over the last decade, there has been significant hype around the idea of solar roofs or solar shingles. The primary benefits are their

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 Farmers | 3 min read

Is it Safe to Install Solar Panels on Your Poultry House Roof?

Energy is a significant expense for poultry growers. From automated feed lines to lighting to ventilation and climate control, so much of

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 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

Community Solar: The Pros and Cons

There is more than one way for someone to take advantage of solar energy’s environmental benefits. Depending on the goals for the project,

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 | 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 | 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 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 | 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 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 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 | 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

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

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 | 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 a

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 Basics | 3 min read

Is Solar Power Worth It In West Virginia?

Many businesses, farmers, and homeowners across the US are saving a significant amount of money with solar energy. But those savings

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 Basics | 3 min read

Installing solar energy in Virginia? Here's what you should know

Do you live in Virginia and you want to install a solar energy system?

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

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 Basics | 2 min read

Utility Electric vs. Solar Energy: An Honest Comparison

Purchasing electric from your local utility company might be the easiest, most common way to power your home or business, but there are

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 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 | 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

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 | 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 are

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 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 benefits

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 Basics | 3 min read

How Does Weather Affect Solar Panels?

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

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 what

Solar Basics | 5 min read

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

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

Solar for Homeowners | 4 min read

How To Read Your Electric Bill

Many people pay their electric bills without thinking twice, let alone understanding what they are getting charged for and why. Most just

News | 3 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 look

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, but

Solar Equipment | 3 min read

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

How many solar panels do I need for a 1,200 sq. ft. house? People often ask us a similar question when they are first introduced to solar

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 winter

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, they only made sense for a few, mostly

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 | 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 for Homeowners | 3 min read

Rail Mounted Solar Systems vs. Rail-less Solar Systems

You've likely already done research on how solar energy works and the financial benefits. Great! There are still important questions that

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

Solar Ownership vs. Solar Leasing: The Pros and Cons For Both Options

We often have people tell us their neighbor installed solar for free. Most times they are referring to solar leasing. On the top layer,

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 | 1 min read

5 Things to Examine When Selecting a Solar Installation Company

Deciding to install a solar system is a big decision. A solar system is a 30+ year investment, and it’s important to find a company that

Solar Basics | 2 min read

Grid-Tied Solar vs. Off-Grid Solar: What are the pros and cons of both?

When purchasing a solar system, you have two main options to choose from - grid-tied and off-grid. As the name implies, grid-tied solar

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 | 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 Basics | 3 min read

The Basics of Photovoltaic (PV Solar) System Design

As the solar industry has grown, an increasing number of people are becoming familiar with the environmental and financial benefits

Solar Basics | 3 min read

Calculating the Production for a Solar System

Properly calculating production for a solar system is critical to determine how many solar panels you will need and to also calculate the

Solar for Homeowners | 3 min read

Does Solar Hot Water Make Sense?

Before we begin, here are some abbreviations that we will use in this article:

Solar Basics | 2 min read

Understanding Solar Component Warranties

One of the advantages of investing in solar are the long-term benefits and warranties of the components that make up a solar array. Nearly

Solar Basics | 2 min read

Are Solar Farms Really Profitable? The Truth About Making Money With Solar.

Buy an empty lot. Install solar panels. Produce Electricity. Make Money. Right? Unfortunately, this scenario is not possible, and this blog

Solar Basics | 1 min read

Off-Grid Solar vs. Grid-Tied Solar

As the name implies, grid-tied solar means the solar system is connected to the electrical grid, and conversely off-grid solar means the

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 | 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 Basics | 1 min read

Roof, Ground, or Ballasted-Roof Mount Solar: What Type is Best?

If you are just beginning the search for what type of solar system you should install, you may be confused with all of the options that are

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