Rather than offering free solar panels, the government-run Energy Star program offers federal tax credit for home owners with solar water heaters or solar panels. As of 2015, Pure Energies, a private solar energy company... More »

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Some of the benefits of using solar panels for energy generation include the fact that solar energy is a renewable resource, the abundance of solar energy that reaches the earth and reduced electric costs. Negatives of u... More »

The common dimensions for residential solar panels are 65 inches by 39 inches, and commercial panels are typically 77 inches by 39 inches for grid-tied systems, which connect to an existing power grid. Off-grid panels va... More »

To get solar panels installed for free, partner with a company looking to provide free installation in exchange for the government incentives that come with owning and operating a solar array. Companies such as Sunrun in... More »

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As of 2015, some efficient solar panels include Sharp's 37.9 percent efficient solar cells, Sharp's 44.4 percent efficient solar panels and the solar cells from the Spanish solar research institute IES and the Spanish un... More »

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While solar energy has many positive features, there are also disadvantages which include the hazardous waste released due to damaged solar panels or improper disposal of the panels. Other disadvantages include the amoun... More »

There are four types of solar panels commonly used: single silicon, multi-silicon, BIPV and solar thermal panels. Each offers benefits and disadvantages. More »

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