Episode 9 – Tesla! Tesla. Tesla?

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we review everything Tesla. Tesla, and Elon Musk, are in the news now on almost a daily basis. On this show we attempt to cover the extent of their product line, from the cars to the batteries to the solar roof tiles. Musk, being a great marketer means everyone knows about Tesla, but what about the more detailed info we don’t know?

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Episode 8 – Choosing the Right Solar Financing Product

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we review the different types of financing available for solar installations. Everything from solar loans to wrapping the solar in with your mortgage or a home re-finance. There are a lot of similar products offered by different lending institutions that at face level look the same, but are actually very unique. Besides loans there are also leases and specialty ways of financing solar.

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Episode 7 – Can I Install Solar Myself?

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we identify the advantages and disadvantages of installing your own solar energy system. We start at the first step in the process of understanding your previous usage history, and move to the layout and estimated system production. Having the system identified, there are still a few challenges that lie in our way including, utility applications, permitting, HOA submissions, the technical side of design considerations, financing and warranties.

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Episode 6 – The History of Solar

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore the history of solar. Starting in the 7th century B.C. solar has had a global impact. While still in the 500-1 B.C era the first battery had already been created in the middle east. Quite a long time later we finally understand the photovoltaic effect which leads to the creation of the first solar cell and then module. The solar story continues into present and we also explore the future of solar.

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Episode 5 – The Politics Surrounding Solar

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore the politics surrounding solar. With the everyday news being filled with political posts and articles, we tackle some of the politics that are particular to the solar industry or the renewable energy industry as a whole. This includes understanding the role of the EPA and the new Trump administration changes, the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), Net-metering, renewable energy credits, job growth, and some final discussion regarding democratic versus republican viewpoints on solar.

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Episode 4 – Solar Myths and Misconceptions

On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we explore common solar myths, misconceptions, and misinformation. Including:

  • Solar systems cost more than I can afford.
  • I need to re-roof my house before going solar.
  • Mono (crystalline) panels are the best type of solar panel.
  • I can’t add any additional panels to my system.
  • I can buy solar panels that are 40%+ efficient.
  • Solar panels need regular cleaning.
  • I can charge my electric vehicle from solar.
  • US made product is far superior to products made abroad.
  • It’s all about the products and price, not the installer.

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Episode 3 – How to Pick the Right Battery Setup for You

What can battery systems do?

Backup the home, off grid solutions, safe rooms, demand/kWh mitigation.

Explanation of the Parts and Pieces –

Batter Types, Battery Manufacturers, Inverters/Charge Controllers, With or without Solar.

Whats the financial impact/payback?

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Episode 2 – How to Shop for Solar

When shopping for solar it’s hard to know the right component choice as well as who to pick to do the work. On this episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast we talk about:

– How to Choose the Right Components
– Panels
– Inverters
– Installation Methods
-Other Parts and Pieces
– Best Practices
– Choosing the Right Contractor
– GO SEE THEM
– Questions to Ask

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Episode 1 – How to Save Money on a Demand Rate Plan

On this first episode of The Solar Dudes Podcast:

How to Save Money on a Demand Rate Plan Using Solar Energy

– What is Demand?
– Highlights of a Demand Rate
– How Solar and Demand control work together to save you money
– Attainability of Solar (Who is it good for/Who is it not)

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