Solar Panel Recycling: Everything You Need To Know


Solar energy is becoming incredibly popular in the United States. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, SEIA, there are more than 2 million installations in the U.S. and projects an addition of 4 million by 2023. This rapid growth in the solar industry is due to the benefits solar energy provides. Unlike traditional energy generation, solar panels provide clean and renewable energy and require…

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What Is Net Metering & How Does it Work?


As you look into getting a solar power system installed for your home, you’re likely to hear the term net metering come up a lot. For many people, this term comes up before they know what it is. Net metering is actually a big part of what allows solar power to become such an attractive alternative power source for many people. To understand what net…

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Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value?


It is likely that you have heard a lot of talk in recent years about the benefits of adding solar panels to your home. The fact is that recent years have seen many homeowners choose to invest in solar panels as a way to reduce their carbon footprint as well as their electric costs, which caused the solar industry to grow by 59% each year…

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Solar by CIR Only Local Company to Receive 2020 NYSERDA Quality Designation


We’re pleased to announce that Solar by CIR is the only local solar installer to receive the 2020 NYSERDA Quality Solar Installer designation.  The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, or NYSERDA, offers information and funding aimed at helping New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.  Contractors that earn the NYSERDA Quality Solar…

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How long does it take to Install Solar Panels?


A common question property owners often have when considering solar panels is simply, “how long does it take to get solar panels installed?”.  As is the case with many things, it’s a simple question with a complex answer, and that answer depends on the following factors.  We’ll cut to the chase: an actual install will take 2 or 3 days. But that’s just a small…

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Choosing the best 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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