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Choosing the best solar panels

November 15th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski

4 things to consider before commiting

While you're busy thinking about which solar installer to work with, it's easy to forget another important aspect of the process: the solar panels themselves.

Solar installers not only differ in reliability, but also in the kinds of solar panels they offer. To ensure you're getting the best deal with solar, be sure to ask about the actual panels in addition to typical questions about the installer. In particular, focus on some of the following characteristics:

  • -- Brand reputation
  • -- Type of solar cell used
  • -- Size and cost
  • -- Conversion efficiency

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    Gov. Brown signs climate change agreement but...

    November 13th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski

    Gov. Brown speaks with reporters

    He is also muddling his environmental message

    Gov. Jerry Brown joined other regional leaders last week to sign the Pacific Coast Climate and Energy Compact, which coordinates greenhouse gas reduction goals in the North American West.

    "California isn't waiting for the rest of the world before it takes action on climate change," Brown said. "Today, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia are all joining together to reduce greenhouse gases."

    While the compact establishes high expectations, some people question Gov. Brown's commitment to battling climate change. Even as Gov. Brown embraces the ideas behind clean energy, he also signals significant support for fracking, which could undermine the fight against climate change.

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    Why do our electricity rates keep growing?

    November 5th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski

    Grid maintenance fees are driving up electricity costs

    Renewable energy is not to blame

    To hear leaders in the coal, natural gas, and oil industries tell it, renewable energy is the sole reason electricity rates are rising in California.

    A report from Californians for Affordable & Reliable Energy (CARE) says solar-friendly policies like the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and carbon pricing are forcing utilities to raise their electricity rates for consumers.

    Considering that CARE is mostly made up of oil industry representatives, their negative positions regarding renewable energy and clean air policies are hardly surprising. Ultimately, CARE's report on rising electricity prices misses the mark.

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