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About Kerry Thoubboron

Kerry has worked in solar for more than 5 years, starting out as an Energy Advisor helping customers compare their options and make well-informed solar decisions. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in Environmental Analysis and Policy. Outside of work, you can find Kerry snowboarding, watching The Office, or having passionate debates about which New England state is best (spoiler: it's Vermont).

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Q&A with Blue Planet Energy: the Blue Ion HI

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The energy storage industry is always evolving, and new and improved battery options for homeowners come out constantly. Take Blue Planet Energy, for example – this innovative company out of Hawaii recently released with a sleek new product called the Blue Ion HI. We recently (and virtually) sat down with Blue Planet Energy to learn more about their newest offering, and to hear about what’s coming up next for the company.

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Solar developers: what you need to know

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In 2020, the U.S. installed more solar than ever before – 19.2 gigawatts (GW) of capacity! And impressively, almost 70 percent of those additions came from utility-scale projects. The companies that build these projects aren’t the same type of installers you receive quotes from on EnergySage – while they technically install projects like residential solar companies, we in the industry most often refer to them as solar developers.

In this article, we’ll give you a quick overview of solar developers, the role they play in the solar industry, and highlight some of the top solar developers today.

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What you can do to fight climate change?

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Climate change is no longer something in the distant future: from severe storms, to wildfires, to rising sea levels, we’re already experiencing the deadly side effects of a warming planet. While there’s nothing we can do to stop climate change in its tracks immediately, there are actions we can take to mitigate. 

So, as an individual, what can you do? Here are five ways that you can help in the fight against climate change: 

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Solar panel warranty: what’s covered, and what’s not?

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As you’re comparing LG, Panasonic, SunPower, Canadian Solar, and other types of solar panels, you may notice that all of these manufacturers offer a 25-year warranty for their products. However, simply comparing one warranty term to the next doesn’t give you the full picture: what is and isn’t included in a 25-year warranty actually differs quite a bit from one company to the next. And when making a long-term investment for your home–like buying a solar panel system–you want to go in with eyes wide open to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.

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We read CertainTeed’s warranty so you don’t have to

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Let’s face it – warranties aren’t the easiest (or most gripping) documents to read. There are often a lot of details and fine print included that can be hard to digest, leaving many to wonder: what does the warranty actually cover? Am I vulnerable? Anything I might be missing?

To make it as easy as possible, we’ve read warranty documents for the top solar equipment manufacturers–and talked to them to confirm what is and isn’t included–and plan to point out the most important aspects of each in a series of articles. For our second article in this series, we’re diving into the warranty of a company well-established in both solar and roofing: CertainTeed. 

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Community solar billing: top 4 things to know

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If there’s one thing that’s less-than-appealing about community solar, it’s the billing process; there are a number of companies and steps involved, so it can be difficult to grasp exactly what will come in on that first monthly bill. To make it a bit easier, we’ve broken down the top four most important things to know about community solar billing: 

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Should I install a solar battery now, or add it later?

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Energy storage is the rising star of renewable energy. And with this popularity comes an increasingly common question: should I install a battery with my solar panel system now? Or, should I wait and add one later on? In this article, we’ll dive into some of the most important factors to consider when making that decision.

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How electricity rates impact solar savings

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Have you heard that solar panels only make sense in sunny states? Well, don’t believe it for a second – while it’s true that solar panels typically produce more electricity in sunnier areas of the country, how much you can save from installing solar panels rests heavily on one major factor: the costs you avoid paying your utility company for electricity. 

People all over the country–even those that live in cloudy areas–can reap solar savings. Generally speaking, the higher your electricity rates, the more money you can save by switching to solar.

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