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Archive for January 2019

DTE Energy fined $840,000 for violating billing, shutoff rules

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Sometimes it can feel like you’re powerless when working with power companies. But DTE Energy customers scored a win recently when the Michigan Public Service Commission fined the utility company $840,000 for violating the commission’s rules governing billing and shutoff practices. MPSC opened an investigation in December 2017 after receiving customer complaints that “DTE Electric…

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The most efficient type of solar panels

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Since solar panels can last up to 30 years or more, the solar panels you choose now will impact your energy production and cost savings in the foreseeable future. Choosing the best solar panels for your system makes all the difference. When you are looking for the most efficient solar panels for your solar power…

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2019 a huge year for making most of federal solar tax credit

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One of the best things about installing a solar panel system at your home or business is the opportunity to receive a 30 percent federal tax credit on the system. The credit is similar to a 30-percent-off sale at your favorite online retailer or department store (though your savings are applied when filing your taxes),…

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Consumers Energy rate increase another reason to consider switching to solar

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Consumers Energy customers in Michigan will bear the brunt of an electricity rate increase after the state’s Public Service Commission approved the increase earlier this week. Last May, Consumers filed for the rate increase “for the generation and distribution of electricity and requesting other regulatory approvals.” The end result is a net increase to Consumers…

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Duke Energy’s 2019 NC solar rebates run out after only 2 days

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Two days after Duke Energy reopened its state-mandated North Carolina Solar Rebate Program, the utility notified state regulators that the funds set aside for homeowners for 2019 already have been accounted for. This is the second year of a five-year, $62 million program where residential, commercial and nonprofit customers can receive money for new solar…

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How do solar panels help the environment?

How Solar Panels Help the Environment

Thanks to advances in solar technologies, millions of homeowners are starting to understand the myriad ways solar energy and other clean energy resources are helping the environment. Top 5 Benefits of Installing Solar Panels for the Environment 1. Reduces Air Pollution Conventional energy sources, such as coal, natural gas and oil, involve the mining and…

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Solar panels not efficient enough for you? Here’s the reality check

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Most of you know that solar panels are efficient enough to feed the needs of your whole home, at least when your home is getting sufficient sunlight. Despite that, did you know that most solar panels offer efficiency ratings of only 15-20 percent? The skeptics among us will say, “Wow, these panels have a lot…

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