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Don't Get Mislead by Online or Phone Solar Power Price Quotes

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A local solar analyst will factor in grants and tax incentives when giving cost estimates for a solar panel system. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Allen R. of Lemon Grove, Calif.)

Online solar calculators and solar sales companies often misquote homeowners the true cost of solar panels. Here's why an on-site solar consultation is crucial.

Solar Energy Powers D.C. Suburb's Co-op

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Maryland residents seek a solar cooperative to bargain for discounts on solar panels. (Photo by Angie's List member Clint T.)
Maryland residents seek a solar cooperative to bargain for discounts on solar panels. (Photo by Angie's List member Clint T.)

Residents of one Maryland city have formed a solar cooperative aimed at using its collective buying power to get discounted prices for solar panels and systems.

Solar Panel Performance Terms to Know

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A contractor installed this 20-panel, 5,500 kilowatt rooftop solar system on this New England house. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David L. of Hopedale, Massachusetts )

As you learn about solar panel systems, it’s helpful to know some of the key efficiency and performance terms. These will help you when you comparison shop.

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Generator Repair

ComEd forced to pay damages to Chicago-area customers who lost power in storms

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Losing power for even more than a few hours can wipe out the entire contents of a homeowners' refrigerator. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael S.)
Losing power for even more than a few hours can wipe out the entire contents of a homeowners' refrigerator. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael S.)

Following an appellate court ruling, Illinois' largest power provider may be on the hook for $30 million in damages from July 2011 storms that left thousands without electricity for days.

Backup electric generator interest surges after storm power outages

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Winds clocked at over 90 mph toppled trees like this one in Plainfield, Illinois. About 225,000 ComEd customers lost power as a result of the June 30 storm. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Winds clocked at over 90 mph toppled trees like this one in Plainfield, Illinois. About 225,000 ComEd customers lost power as a result of the June 30 storm. (Photo by Steven Jack)

Chicago residents left without power days after a storm? If only they installed a backup electric generator to restore power immediately. Here's what one costs.

Generator installation: avoid a costly electrical disaster

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Hiring an electrical contractor as opposed to someone who deals solely in generators can help you avoid frustrating mistakes during installation, says Angeloszek. (Photo courtesy of CT Electrical Services)
Hiring an electrical contractor as opposed to someone who deals solely in generators can help you avoid frustrating mistakes during installation, says Angeloszek. (Photo courtesy of CT Electrical Services)

Homeowners have many choices when investing in a generator, but this range of options also causes problems. Learn how to avoid electrical installation problems.

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