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What to Know as Solar Panel Sizes Get Larger

Over the past three decades, solar panels have gotten much bigger - bigger in popularity and mainstream adoption, bigger in power output, and bigger in physical size. Overall, this has been good news for off-gridders and renewable energy enthusiasts because it's meant that solar has been able to...

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Can Solar Panels be Recycled?

Solar panels are so long-lasting that you may not have ever considered what to do with them at the end of their lives. But nothing lasts forever, and solar panels are made from recyclable materials – glass, aluminum, copper, and others - so can solar panels be recycled?

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Solar Queen Amy Beaudet of the altE Store and YouTube Fame Dies at 55

Beloved solar energy communicator and educator Amy Beaudet has passed away, but leaves a legacy of making renewable energy projects do-able with her engaging, simple style and informative YouTube videos...

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U.S. Federal Solar Panel Tax Credit Will Shrink in 2021

Update: As part of the U.S. government's federal spending package signed on 12/28/20, the Solar ITC stepdown has been delayed until 2023! This means all applicable solar panel systems installed in 2021 and 2022 will receive a 26% tax credit instead of 22%. The stepdown to 22% is now scheduled to take effect in 2023.

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Why You Should Upgrade to Lithium Batteries for RV/Marine

Is using lithium batteries in boats, campers, and RVs really the best way to go despite the higher upfront cost? When taking into account depth of discharge, cycle count, charge/discharge rate, physical specs, temperature conditions, maintenance, and safety, the answer is undeniably "yes"...

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Real Goods' Acquisition by the altE Store: 1 Year Later

It's now been a full year since Real Goods was acquired by the Massachusetts-based altE Store, and what a year it's been! While there's still work to be done, the results have already been speaking for themselves...

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