How Much Does Solar Increase the Value of Your Home?

[singlepic id=60 w= h= float=right] PV projects such as this one installed on Badger Realty will increase the value of a home and help it sell more quickly An investment in solar today will deliver an annual return of 8-10%. But what happens if you decide to sell? Because solar has become mainstream, a number… Read more

New Loans Make Solar Cost Less than Cable

OUTDATED: Today our Own Your Power loan (2.99% over 12 years) is our preferred loan product for financing solar. Efficiency Maine has announced changes to their PACE and PowerSaver loans that make it much easier to use these programs to finance solar. Previously, you needed an energy audit, and a model for solar to show… Read more

New Hampshire Residential PV Solar Rebate Adjusted to $3,750

Following speculation from a few months ago, the NH PUC has issued a ruling decreasing the NH State’s residential photovoltaic (PV) rebate from $1.25/watt, $4,500 maximum, to $0.75/watt, $3,750 maximum.  While this sounds like a blow to the program, it is actually a smart move from the PUC in ensuring the long-term health of the… Read more

Rumors of Solar Thermal’s Death Greatly Exaggerated

This recent project in Madbury, New Hampshire features both a flat plate solar hot water array, and 5kw of solar electric production The dizzying drop in cost of photovoltaic (PV) panels is great news that’s making headlines, as well as shifting the way architects, green builders, and even solar installers think about venerable solar thermal… Read more

BREAKING: NH Residential Solar Rebate (PV) is Back

A 4kw solar electric system recently installed in Portsmouth, NH with premium Sunpower solar electric modules. This just in from the NH PUC – the residential solar electric (GTPV) rebate in New Hampshire has returned! The rebate, available for systems under 5kw in capacity, is $1.25 per watt up to a maximum of $4,500 or… Read more

Sunny Investing: Grid-tied Solar Beats Annuities!

In today’s investment environment the choice seems mainly between the uncertainty of the stock market or the unimpressive returns of safer investments such as savings accounts, CDs, and annuities. We make an alternate suggestion: consider an investment in solar. We had occasion to compare the relative returns of investing in an annuity product vs. a… Read more

Sunpower Asks – Are You Ready to Fire The Power Company?

With utility electric rates set to rise again and costs of solar continuing to drop, it’s never been better to free yourself from the power company. To make this process easier, ReVision is now able to offer a 20 year solar loan with rates as low as 5.24% through SunPower. Key features of the new… Read more

Sand Pond Solar Power Makes Home One Step Closer to Fossil-Fuel Free

Energy conservation had been on Cliff Babkirk’s mind for years, but it reached a head in 2008 when he received an invoice from his heating oil company for $5,000 for a pre-paid contract. “I knew I had to do something different,” he says, “I wanted to get off oil for environmental reasons already but now… Read more

Biddeford Savings Now Offering Solar-Ready Loans up to $25,000

A recently installed solar hot water system in Gardiner, Maine Great news for Mainers ready to start kicking their oil habits – Biddeford Savings Bank is now offering a 7.99% APR loan program for financing solar energy projects and other efficiency upgrades. With home heating oil averaging $3.67/gallon in Maine, financing a solar hot water… Read more