How much does a solar electric system cost in Nebraska?

Residential Rooftop Systems – Size Range: 3-10 kilowatts (kW) Typical Cost = $3.00 – $3.50 / installed watt Commercial rooftop systems: 10 kilowatts to 2 megawatts have a separate price range. These estimates are for installations not using the “Plug & Play” ConnectDER, which saves labor and time.   Cost estimates for 3-5 kilowatt systems.  At $3.50 […]

To solve ‘duck curve,’ Missouri utility to pay bonus for west-facing solar panels

By Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News In an effort to better align solar-energy production with peak demand, the electric utility in Columbia, Missouri has begun to pay higher rebates for new west-facing arrays than it will for those facing south. The city-owned utility adjusted its rebates as of Aug. 1 in order to encourage more […]

Madison solar firms picked for group buy program

By Bill Novak, Wisconsin State Journal A sample system shown on Midwest Solar Power’s website would cost $13,000, but that would be cut almost in half through federal tax credits, rebates and the group buy. The group purchase program is run by the non-profit RENEW Wisconsin Inc. on behalf of the city of Madison with […]

The state of solar power looks bright in 2017 (+video)

By Lucas Mearian, Computerworld Rooftop solar systems that cost as much as a luxury car five to 10 years ago now cost about the same as an economy car, or about $15,000 to $18,000, on average. And the return on investment for a solar system is now estimated to be about 7.5 years. The result: […]

Fix-it Chick: Consider installing solar panels on your home

By Linda Cottin, Lawrence Journal-World Installing solar panels can increase the value of your home while decreasing overall energy costs. Due to energy tax credits, low interest rates and a dramatic decrease in the cost of solar panels over the past decade, solar power is more affordable than ever before. Follow these steps to determine […]

How To Choose The Best Solar-Energy Equipment

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage / Posted on Mother Earth News Installing a home solar energy system is a smart financial investment for many homeowners. As you evaluate offers from solar companies, there are many different factors to consider – the equipment that you choose for your system, your financing options, and the installer that you select all have […]

Potential model for Nebraska communities: Wisconsin group purchase program, Solar Racine

By Michael Burke, The Journal Times Solar Racine is an upcoming group purchase of photovoltaic installations for homeowners and businesses. The initiative, a program of the energy committee of Greening Greater Racine, is modeled on similar programs in Seattle, Portland and Milwaukee. Click to continue reading. Photo by Gregory Shaver / The Journal Times. Tom […]

Illinois group-buy program aims to boost renewable energy

By David Proeber, The Pantagraph Group-buy programs like Solar Bloomington-Normal allow local residents and businesses to pool their resources and install individual solar energy systems at lower bulk rates. StraightUp Solar estimates the average Twin City homeowner could save 20 percent in upfront costs through Solar Bloomington-Normal. While the initial investment is still expensive — an example […]