Author Archives: Kerry Thoubboron

About Kerry Thoubboron

Kerry has worked in solar for more than 6 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).

Inverter warranty

Solar inverter warranties: what’s covered, and what’s not?

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If you’ve already started exploring your inverter options, you may have noticed that many products come with a 25-year warranty. However, simply comparing the length of one warranty term to the next doesn’t give you a full picture: what is and isn’t included in a warranty differs quite a bit from one inverter company to the next. And considering how important a solar inverter is to the functionality of your system, you want to make sure you’re covered in case anything goes awry.

In this article, we’ll review the most important aspects of a solar inverter warranty, and discuss what’s standard for the industry.

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solar panel degradation

How does solar panel degradation impact savings?

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The word “degradation” can be scary, but don’t let it frighten you too much: every product, from your cell phone to your shoes, degrades over time, and solar panels are no exception to this rule. Fortunately, solar panels degrade at a very slow rate relative to other technologies – in fact, even after 25 years, most solar panels will still generate at least 80 percent of their original solar power output!

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ccas vs green power vs community solar

Community solar vs. CCAs vs. green power plans: comparing alternative electricity options

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At EnergySage, we get a lot of questions about alternative ways to support renewable energy without putting solar panels on your roof. One of the easiest ways to do so is buying electricity from someone other than your utility company. But there are a lot of options out there, each one surrounded by a good deal of misinformation and jargon, making it somewhat difficult to weigh the pros and cons of each.

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blue planet energy q&a

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

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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fight climate change

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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whats important in a solar warranty

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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myths about electric vehicles

Top electric vehicle myths

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Have you ever heard that electric vehicles (EVs) are just as bad for the environment as gasoline-powered cars? Don’t believe it for a second! In this article, we’ll bust that myth, plus other misconceptions about EVs. 

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certainteed warranties

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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