AlabamaAlabama Solar Installers

Unfortunately, as of this writing, Alabama has few incentives for solar installations. There are 21 states in the country with renewable energy portfolio standards, and five states that have renewable energy goals. Alabama is not part of either group.

Alabama does get plenty of sun, and has a small group of dedicated, reliable solar developers and contractors in the state.

And for residents that live within the Tennessee Valley Authority’s network, there is a one-time rebate for installing solar energy at a property.

According to a recent study on the solar industry in America, Alabama ranked 8th for states that would be most helped by increasing solar capacity. So be a part of the benefits. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form, and get an estimate from one of the many installers in the state or look over some of the companies in our network.

ColoradoAlaska Solar Installers

Alaska is certainly the leader in solar phenomena in the U.S. With winters, almost no sun during the day, to summers, almost constant sun, and the Northern Lights, the state is chalk full of activity.

However, because the state is sparsely populated, the energy infrastructure isn’t what it is in the lower 48. But that doesn’t stop Alaska from providing a few choice solar rebates and incentives, among them are the Alaska Renewable Energy Grant and the Golden Valley Alternative Power program.

And where there are incentives, and sun, there are solar installers a-plenty.  So either fill out our short solar inquiry form for an estimate on a home or business solar energy system or peruse our list of Alaska solar installers below. And stay warm out there.

ArizonaArizona Solar Installers

Arizona, like many states in the Southwest US, has abundant sunshine which makes it a great location to install solar power. Arizona solar installers are among the busiest in the country and is amongst the top states in the country for solar output..

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Arizona solar installation.  Find out more by talking to one of the many Arizona solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Phoenix and just about everywhere else in Arizona.

If you are like many people who don't have time to do the research or make inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Arizona solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

ArkansasArkansas Solar Installers

For a state without a renewable portfolio standard, Arkansas has some decent solar incentives and rebates. And why not? The home of both HBO’s iconic Bangin’ in Little Rock documentary and, to possibly a bigger extent, our former president, Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton, Arkansas gets about five hours of sunlight per square meter. What’s that mean to you? Well, it means you should take advantage of all those potentially money-saving ultra violets and install a solar system.

Home and business owners who do decide to install solar can pick from a host of solar incentives and rebates offered in the state, such as Arkansas’ net metering program, and the state’s solar and wind rebate program.

So where do you start? Look no further. Either fill out our short solar inquiry form for a free estimate on a solar installation or look at the solar installers in our network, listed below.

California Solar Installers

California

California leads the country in solar installation for good reason. With over 3000 hour of sunshine annually, California is an ideal location for installing solar electric panels and solar heating systems. California solar installers were busy in 2010 installing 194 megawatts of new generating capacity - a whopping 47% increase over 2009. The state has a $3.3 billion plan to install another 3000 megawatts of new solar power capacity by 2017. California solar panel potential is huge. The Global Energy Network Institute has estimated that California has 17 million megawatts of potential photovoltaic solar capacity.

California also has great rebates and incentives for homeowners and businesses that install solar, like the California Feed-in Tariff and California Solar Initiative. These and other popular programs are available to California residents who install solar power systems. To find out more, talk to one of the many California solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Glendale, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Sacramento and just about everywhere else in California.

If you don’t feel like undertaking a research project or don’t have the time to make the inquiries yourself, then let us do the work for you. Simply fill out our short inquiry form, we will find you reputable and experienced California solar installers in your area to provide free proposals for you to review.

ColoradoColorado Solar Installers

Over 300 days of sunshine a year makes Colorado solar energy a plentiful resource and makes installing solar panels to generate electricity or to heat water, a great choice. Coloradans recognize their solar bounty and last year, the state legislature increased the renewable energy standard - the percentage of renewables (including plentiful Colorado solar energy) that large utilities must have in their energy portfolio, to a whopping 30 percent by 2020. No other state in the lower 48 has a higher renewable energy requirement.

Colorado also has generous incentives and rebates for homeowners and businesses that install solar - an example is the Recharge Colorado Rebate for residential solar electric (photovoltaic) systems offered by the Governor's Energy Office which rebates $1.50 per watt for up up to 3 kilowatts. This and other popular programs are available to Colorado residents who install solar power systems. To find out more, talk to one of the many Colorado solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Greeley, Grand Junction and just about everywhere else in Colorado.

If you don't have time to research Colorado solar panels and installers or just don't want to make the inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Colorado solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

ConnecticutConnecticut Solar Panel Installers

Connecticut, like many states in the New England United States, has abundant sunshine which makes it a great location to install solar power. Connecticut solar installers are among the busiest in the country and the state ranks fourth in the country for solar output according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In 2010 Connecticut installed over 54 megawatts of solar power, more than doubling the 21 megawatts installed during 2009.

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Connecticut solar installation. For example, SRP has set aside funding for a total of 4.5 megawatts of residential solar electric installations through April 30, 2012. The incentive is offered at $1.00 to $1.35 per watt, for up to 5 kilowatts. Find out more by talking to one of the many Connecticut solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Norwalk and just about everywhere else in Connecticut.

If you are like many people who don't have time to do the research or make inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Connecticut solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

DelawareDelaware Solar Installers

Delaware, like many states in the Northeastern States United States, has abundant sunshine which makes it a great location to install solar power. Delaware solar installers are among the busiest in the country and the state ranks fourth in the country for solar output according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In 2010 Delaware installed over 54 megawatts of solar power, more than doubling the 21 megawatts installed during 2009.

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Delaware solar installation. For example, SRP has set aside funding for a total of 4.5 megawatts of residential solar electric installations through April 30, 2012. The incentive is offered at $1.00 to $1.35 per watt, for up to 5 kilowatts. Find out more by talking to one of the many Delaware solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Dover,Newark,Wilmington and just about everywhere else in Delaware.

If you are like many people who don't have time to do the research or make inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out oura short solar inquiry form  and we'll find you reputable and experienced Delaware solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

FloridaFlorida Solar Installers

Florida is the Sunshine State but it is only the sixth sunniest in the country.  That still makes it however a great place to install solar power.  Florida is unique in that a great many of it's solar installers not only install PV but solar hot water and/or solar pool heating as well. Florida  ranked 14th in the country for solar capacity installed in the first quarter of 2012 according to the Solar Energy Industries Association

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Florida solar installation. For example, SRP has set aside funding for a total of 4.5 megawatts of residential solar electric installations through April 30, 2012. The incentive is offered at $1.00 to $1.35 per watt, for up to 5 kilowatts. Find out more by talking to one of the many Florida solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando, Hialeah, Tallahassee and just about everywhere else in Florida.

If you are like many people who don't have time to do the research or make inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Florida solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

Solar car challenge starts Tuesday

Solar Car ChallengeHundreds of high school students from around the country will embark on a solar-powered road trip Tuesday.

Teams of high school kids have spent the last one to two years building solar-powered cars to participate in the 20th annual Winston Science Academy’s Solar Challenge.

They will drive their cars from Fort Worth, Texas to Los Angeles.

The cross-country journey is not a race.

“We really de-emphasize competition and emphasize comradery,” said Lehman Marks, the event coordinator.
If one of the teams is pulled off on the shoulder to work on its car, a passing team is expected to stop and offer assistance. The group comes together at the end of every day to eat together and start again the next day. They travel about 200 miles a day on average.

The cars, all topped with solar panels, end up being spread out along the road as some can travel faster than others and have more or fewer problems.

The teams of high school students work to build functional road-worthy cars powered entirely with solar energy that they can effectively drive long distances on highways. They stick to two-lane roads with wide shoulders and trailer their cars through areas that won’t be easy to navigate for all.

“These are high school kids,” Marks said. “Most of the cars aren’t fast enough. I wouldn’t put them on the Interstate.”

The total distance between Fort Worth and Los Angeles is 1,200 miles. But students will only drive 880 of those miles in their solar cars, Marks said. The Solar Car Challenge started in 1993 as a way to engage students in the sciences.

“It’s really gotten popular as people have finally come around to believing in project-based learning,” Marks said.

The academy recently got the results of an informal study that shows students who participate in their solar car program are 23 percent more likely to go into a science or engineering career than students who take Advanced Placement or honors-level science and math classes.

With 110 high schools participating in the solar challenge, Marks said the program is just a shadow of what it could be. He has a waiting list of 4,400 schools that want to participate. But the academy only has enough funding to support the 110 schools for now.

The academy provides a training course for students and teachers to kick off the project. From there students have to raise the money, design the car, engineer, build it and drive it. The academy a mentor and ongoing support throughout.

“A lot of the teachers, they get to January and they have questions they didn’t even know existed when they started the process,” Marks said.

Every other year, the event takes place on a motor raceway in Fort Worth with seating for 200,000. But only a fraction of that capacity comes to the event. When the solar-powered cars travel cross country every other year, they attract a lot of attention.

“We will pass probably 10 million people on this route and it really inspires people,” Marks said.

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