How does Net Metering Work?

Net metering is a great option for homeowners with solar panels, as it allows them to export excess solar energy to the grid during the day and then use that energy at night. Essentially, the utility acts as a 100% efficient battery to store the excess solar energy for later use. This option is available […]

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Can I get Tax Incentives?

There are several tax Incentives available to homeowners who install solar panels. The largest is the federal tax credit, but they all add up to help the economics of the system.   The federal tax credit allows many people to take a credit of 26% of the total cost of the solar system. This is a “non-refundable”

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Worried About Blackouts?

The recent snowstorm across Texas resulted in vast blackouts, stranding people in the cold. While being connected to the grid is convenient, it can fail from time to time. The best way to keep the heat on when the grid fails you is to have a backup. This backup is usually either a generator or

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How Does a Solar System work?

There are two types of solar power systems available to homeowners: solar thermal, and photovoltaic. Solar Thermal systems collect heat from the sun, and directly use that to heat water or your home. Here at ECC Solar, we specialize in photovoltaic systems. A photovoltaic (PV) system takes energy from the sun and converts it into

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Ways to save on Energy

Most of you probably use the flat rate option on your electric bill. A meter measures how much electricity you use in a month, and multiplies that number by a flat price per kilowatt hour. But that’s not the only option. A Time of Use Rate (TOU) is an option for most residential homes and

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Why get a PV System?

When considering solar power, there are 3 main reasons people get photovoltaic systems: saving money on electricity, helping the environment, and becoming independent from the electric grid. Your priorities on each of these reasons will help determine what kind of system is best for your situation. If your goal is to save money on electricity,

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