Frequently Asked Questions

May 2018

Solar update by WPR’s Hope Kirwan

By |2018-05-24T10:53:14+00:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions, Solar Incentives & Programs|

WPR's Newsmakers, May 3, 2018 Hope Kirwan met with Blaine Marcou from Aquilla Solar and representatives of Xcel and Dairyland Power to give an update on Wisconsin's renewable energy progress. Wisconsin will never compare to California and Arizona when it comes to solar power generation — the [...]

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November 2017

Solar Panel Performance in Winter?

By |2018-04-16T13:31:14+00:00November 19th, 2017|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions|

Did you know that parts of Minnesota get the same amount of sunlight as parts of Texas and Florida? The southern states see more cloudy days and storms that bring the Midwest pretty close to competing with the amount of sunlight they get. So why not cover the [...]

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July 2017

Insuring Your Solar System

By |2017-07-27T15:57:58+00:00July 27th, 2017|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions|

Your solar PV system is finally ready to install, and it’s time to look at insurance. We can offer suggestions, but ultimately it is up to you and your agent to choose what you feel is an acceptable level of insurance for your system. Your agent will be able to [...]

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Maximizing Solar Power Production Through “Peak Clipping”

By |2018-05-26T20:05:34+00:00July 25th, 2017|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions|

What is "peak clipping"? The inverters control the total kilowatts that a system produces regardless of the total power production of the solar panels. When the combined (DC) wattage exceeds the rating of the inverter, it creates “peak clipping”. For example, you might have two 320 [...]

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Understanding & Reducing “Demand” Charges

By |2017-09-14T11:34:07+00:00July 12th, 2017|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions|

What Is A "Demand" Charge? Do you have a demand charge on your business utility bill? Do you know what it is? Any business that uses a fair amount of power, or has large equipment that draws a lot of power at once, probably has [...]

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June 2017

Making Sense of Your Solar Production: Where do the kWh’s go?

By |2017-08-10T12:23:09+00:00June 9th, 2017|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions|

Keeping track of your kilowatt hours Now that your solar system is producing, you might be wondering how the power flows from your panels and on to the grid. The most common questions we get are about tracking the kilowatt hours produced, why the numbers from Xcel Energy do [...]

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January 2017

Claiming the Solar Federal Tax Credit: For Home-Owners & Businesses

By |2017-07-06T10:04:10+00:00January 17th, 2017|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions, Solar Incentives & Programs|

You’ve installed a solar array and it’s connected to the grid… now it’s time to make sure you claim your 30% Federal Tax Credit! How to Claim the Federal Solar Tax Credit: Home-Owners Residential Solar Installations can find the most current form [...]

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November 2015

Sun Harvesting Potential in Minnesota

By |2018-04-16T13:40:43+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions|

Though we might have some snowy winters, it still makes a lot of sense to install solar in Minnesota. Minnesota falls in the middle of the scale for solar sun harvesting potential, but there are unseen advantages that make the Midwest a great region to install solar. The cooler climate [...]

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October 2015

Dependence on coal sends millions out of Minnesota… renewables can curb that dependence.

By |2017-03-14T13:08:14+00:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Frequently Asked Questions, Recent Solar News, Solar Incentives & Programs|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Did you know that Minnesota depends on coal for 44 percent of its in-state electricity generation? To supply that power, the state’s power producers paid nearly $420 million to import 12 million tons of coal from Wyoming and Montana! And Xcel Energy, the state’s largest power provider, sent $250 million out [...]

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