Choosing the right solar panels for your home


There are a number of things that factor into deciding to go solar. It’s important to understand how much energy you want to produce and whether or not your property is suitable for producing that amount of energy. Generally speaking, if you have an average electric bill of $50 or more and a roof that faces south, you’ve got a suitable property. Even without the…

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Here’s why you should get at least 3 quotes before going solar.


As is the case with most big purchases, research is key to getting a great deal. Getting multiple quotes on a solar panel installation is no exception. It is estimated by EnergySage, an online resource that helps customers research and compare solar installation companies, that customers who get 3 or more quotes save an average of 10% off the overall cost of going solar. Which,…

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Solar tax credits are changing: here’s what you need to know.


They say all good things must end and that’s equally true of the 30% federal tax incentive for installing solar panels on your home or business. For most people, taking advantage of all available incentives is imperative to making the investment in solar energy a financially successful one – and that’s why we’re committed to making sure you understand your options fully before making that…

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Can I install solar panels myself?


With solar becoming more affordable and efficient, the thought of “Do it Yourself” Solar panel installation may have crossed your mind. It may be tempting at first to DIY a solar panel installation to try and reduce the overall cost of the solar system. However, the question shifts from “can I install solar panels myself” to “should I install solar panels myself, and is it…

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How much does it cost to go solar?


So you’re considering a solar panel installation for your home. There’s no question that solar energy is great for the environment, and you may have even heard that solar panels are much more affordable than they used to be. There was once a time where it wasn’t possible to save money by going solar, but now most homeowners who go solar either significantly reduce their…

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Solar by CIR Recognized as a 2018 Top Solar Contractor in Buffalo, NY


Buffalo, NY—More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and local installer Solar by CIR has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its contributions to the industry. Solar by CIR achieved a rank of 174 out of 450 solar companies on the magazine’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list. The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by…

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Do solar panels work in the winter?


Snow and ice on your solar panels and what to expect While we are usually excited to welcome Western New York’s first snowfalls in December and January, we know that there will be some days or weeks where solar systems are not producing energy. This is the time of year that we get calls from concerned homeowners who see an error message on their solar…

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Solarize SBR Campaign is Extended


Solarize SBR Campaign Extended 90 Days The Solarize SBR has been extended an additional 90 days due to strong interest from members of Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable (WNYSBR). Originally set to expire in November, the campaign has been extended by WNYSBR until February 28th 2018. Solarize SBR is a campaign that gives exclusive pricing to the 70+ WNYSBR organizations and their employees for…

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Solarize SBR Awards Residential Solar Installer


Solar by CIR is excited to announce that they have been selected by the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable (WNYSBR) to be the preferred residential solar installer for the Solarize SBR campaign. WNYSBR has decided to offer a solarize campaign to their members who have joined their organization to develop and implement corporate sustainability plans. The campaign is designed to complement SBR’s work to…

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