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Five Clever Projects with Solar Power

Introduction Many beginners start their research into solar power with the goal to power their homes with solar panels. While this is a fantastic end goal for most consumers, it sometimes leads solar users to overlook useful small-scale implementations of solar power.  The following projects can give a new solar power user important experiences before…

Installing Solar Panels: How to Design and Plan for Real-World Conditions

A common first step for most beginners is to look at a few key numbers when you start planning a new solar power project.  These numbers include projected wattage drain, projected number of sunlight hours, and total panel wattage.  You can calculate your potential power draw and sunlight hours through SanTan Solar’s calculator here.  After…

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need to Power My House?

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Installing Solar Panels on My House: The Basics of On-Grid vs Off-Grid From DIY’ers to door to door salesmen, home solar power has exploded in popularity in recent years. There are many reasons one might install solar energy, from environmental to economic to emergency preparation. There are two main methods with which we can install…

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need to Run My RV?

Installing Solar Panels on Your RV: The Basics One of the most common projects for DIY solar enthusiasts is to install solar power onto your RV. Solar power can give you the freedom to park away from ground power, or to drive almost anywhere in the world without the fear of your fridge running out…

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need To Charge My Battery Bank?

One of the first questions that beginners ask as they plan out their solar setup is: “How many solar panels should I buy?” While it may seem like a simple question, the answer depends on a huge number of factors. These factors include: (1) Your daily drain and how much sunlight you expect to receive…

Setting Up Your Solar System in Four Easy Steps

The Four Main Elements of Most Solar Power Systems There are four main elements in most Solar Power systems. The four elements are the following: First, your Solar Panels, which gather energy from the sun. Second, your Charge Controller, which regulates the electricity coming from your panels to avoid damaging your battery bank. Third, your…

Power Your Appliances With Solar Energy: Parallel vs Series

An Overview to Powering Your Appliances With Solar Energy We can divide our solar power setup into three main sections. These are (1) the battery/power supply, (2) the appliances we want to power that drain our batteries, and (3) the solar panels that recharge our batteries. Both our batteries and our panels can be wired…

5 Common Solar Q’s Answered

Our team at SanTan Solar often receives various questions regarding anything solar related. We often get asked what you need to install solar panels, the amount of panels you need to start your solar journey, what the right panel is for your solar project, etc. Our teams does their best at answering these questions and…

What Does On-Grid and Off-Grid Mean?

When you decide to use solar energy, it’s important to choice the correct system to satisfy your needs. You face the decision of staying connected to the electrical grid, disconnecting from it or sticking to a combination of both. We’re here to help you decide what works best for you and to finally answer ……

The Benefits of Buying Used Solar Panels

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Buying used solar panels is a lot like buying a used car, if you’re confident it was well cared for and the proper maintenance has been done, it can be a real bargain! Buying used solar panels can be a tempting offer, but is it worth your investment? Have you ever considered buying a used…

Federal Incentives to go Solar

Planning on switching to solar energy? Take advantage of tax breaks and rebates available in your state! Wondering which government financial incentives you’ll qualify for if you decide to go solar? Take a look below to see which tax breaks and bonuses you’ll get from the federal and state governments. Federal Solar Tax Credit/Investment Tax…

How Do Solar Farms Work?

How do these farms work, exactly? Last updated on 11/26/19, by Esmeralda Torres | Written by Nina Goodey What are Solar Farms? Solar farms are massive installations of solar panels to generate power for the local electrical grid, and they’re becoming increasingly more common as the price of solar panels drops. You’ve probably seen news…

Solar Panel Longevity

Exactly how much do solar panels wear out over time? Last updated on 10/28/19, by Esmeralda Torres | Written by Nina Goodey While solar panels degrade a little every year from exposure, they’ll last you decades and they’re an excellent investment, new or used. Efficiency vs. Lifespan If you’re shopping around for the best solar…

Have Electricity on the Go by Traveling With Solar

When you’re constantly out on the open road and enjoying nature, have you ever thought about going solar on your travels? Last updated on 10/21/19, by Esmeralda Torres | Written by Jaelyn Dunbar Make The Change To Solar If you are frequently camping or RVing, are you always connecting to the grid? Isn’t it expensive…

How Do Solar Panels Work?

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Curious About Solar Panels? Learn How They Work! Last updated on August 23, 2019, by Dan Martin | Written by Dan Martin How Do Solar Panels Work? Recently there has been an increasing buzz about solar panels as more and more individuals and companies decide to adopt solar panels as their primary source of energy.…

Why is Shipping for Solar Panels so Expensive?

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Freight shipping large items, like solar panels can be a daunting experience for someone whose only experience with shipping is from Amazon! Why is shipping for solar panels so expensive? That’s a complicated question with a complex answer: Solar panels are big, and shipping big things takes time and costs money. Alright so maybe it…

The Evolution of Solar Panels

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Looking Into Solar but Afraid of the Upkeep? Let’s Talk Panel Maintenance! Last updated on August 16, 2019, by Yesenia Torres | Written by Nina Goodey We’ve been harnessing the power of the sun for centuries, from learning how to start fires with glass lenses in 7 B.C. to ancient Romans using windows to add…

Do I Need to Clean My Solar Panels?

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Looking Into Solar but Afraid of the Upkeep? Let’s Talk Panel Maintenance! Last updated on August 16, 2019, by Yesenia Torres | Written by Nina Goodey So you’re looking at solar panels and you’re wondering about the upkeep – do you need to clean them? How often? Which products should you use? Well, first of…

The Best Solar Panels of 2019

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Thinking About Solar? Here Are The Top 5 Solar Panel Brands of 2019 Last updated on August 16, 2019, by Yesenia Torres | Written by Nina Goodey Source: www.sunpower.com 1. SunPower – American-based company – Most efficient on the market, but also the most expensive – Designed the first solar panels to win the Cradle…

The Top 5 Companies Going Solar

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Here Are The Top 5 Companies Making the Switch to Solar Last updated on August 16, 2019, by Yesenia Torres | Written by Nina Goodey Top 5 Companies Going Solar Thinking about the benefits of solar energy? So are a lot of the world’s largest companies. Whether the goal is to reduce carbon emissions, qualify…

2020 Presidential Candidates Thoughts On Solar Energy

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What The 2020 Presidential Candidates Have To Say On Solar Energy Last updated on August 16, 2019, by Yesenia Torres | Written by Nina Goodey With the 2020 American Election coming up, are you informed where the candidates stand on renewable energies like solar power? Check out this infographic to learn a little more! About…

Why You Should Avoid Leasing Solar Panels

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Be Informed Before You Decide to Lease or Buy Solar Panels! Last updated on August 16, 2019, by Yesenia Torres | Written by Yesenia Torres Leasing Vs. Buying Solar Panels When it comes to switching to solar energy, many have opted to lease solar panel systems instead of purchasing them. Although leasing may seem financially…

Save BIG This Summer With A Solar Pool Pump

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Summer is Here! Learn How A Solar Pump for Your Pool Can Help You Cut Those Summer Electricity Bills! Last updated on August 16, 2019, by Yesenia Torres | Written by Whitney Lawrence Let’s start with the basics! How do solar pool pumps work? Summer is right around the corner and warm weather and sunshine…

Why Recycling & Refurbishing Solar Panels Keeps Them Affordable

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Despite Silver Price Increases, Solar is More Affordable Than Ever Thanks to the Recycling & Refurbishing of Panels! Silver prices are rising, and solar energy might be the one to blame! That doesn’t mean renewable energy enthusiasts have to suffer! Buying used, refurbished or repaired panels is still an amazing way to save money on…