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

By Linda Cottin, Lawrence Journal-World

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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 if solar power is right for you. Continue reading.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
How Much does an Average Solar-Panel System Cost?by Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage. Published by Mother Earth News.
If you’re shopping for a solar energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “how much will it cost?” Prices depend on the size of your system, the type of equipment you choose, and the state that you live in, but reviewing prices for a 5 kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start – that’s the average system size in the United States. Learn more about how much a 5kW solar system costs, how much electricity a 5kW system will produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar.

How much does a PV system currently cost in Nebraska?
The average cost of a 5-kilowatt system (twenty 250-watt panels), with incentives factored in, is between $9,875 and $12,250. Incentives include the 30% federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), and Lincoln Electric System’s capacity payments for south- and west-facing solar systems. A grant from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), available to farmers and rural small businesses, would provide an additional 25%, reducing the cost of a 5-kilowatt system to $7,875.

How To Choose The Best Solar-Energy Equipment

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage / Posted on Mother Earth News

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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 an impact on your solar savings. This guide will help you evaluate the different solar panels and inverters available so that you can find the best equipment for your home.

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Vikram Aggarwal is the founder and chief executive of EnergySage, the online solar marketplace. Read all of Vikram’s posts here.

SEE ALSO
Directory of Nebraska Solar Businesses
How much does a PV system currently cost in Nebraska?

5 Solar Energy Trends for 2016 in the Residential Market

Photo: Triple Pundit

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By Sarah Lozanova, Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

The U.S. has enough installed solar energy capacity to power 4.6 million homes. Solar energy accounted for 32 percent of total new power generation in 2014, exceeding coal and wind energy but lagging behind natural gas. In just nine years, the installed cost of solar energy has fallen by more than 73 percent – setting up the industry for explosive growth.

TriplePundit spoke with Vikram Aggarwal, founder and CEO of EnergySage, the so-called “Expedia of solar,” about solar energy trends and what to expect for 2016 in the residential market.

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