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It's More Than Just the Panels

It's More Than Just the Panels

The race is on to reduce costs in solar and push the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) closer to grid parity with more “traditional” sources of power. In other words, money talks and solar needs to speak the same financial language as fossil fuels. We don’t get to 100% clean energy for all if renewables can’t compete when it comes to homeowners’ pocketbooks.

Customers and industry folks alike often focus on panels as the most visible and critical part of a solar installation, but many other components can make or break the cost - and durability - of home solar. Let’s take a closer look at two components of the solar hardware cost stack: inverters and mounting/racking.

Values for a 100% Workplace Culture

Values for a 100% Workplace Culture

From its first days, Mosaic’s goal has been to bring people together to build something greater than all of us: a 100% clean energy present (not future) that empowers everyone to prosper from protecting the planet. It’s in our DNA - after all, we started as a solar crowdfunding company, and now we’re providing one-stop financing for homeowners to create their own 100% modern homes.

That inspiring vision isn’t just about the why, when, and what we’re doing, though - it’s also about how we do it and who we do it with…

Clean Energy For All - For Real

Clean Energy For All - For Real

There’s been a lot of click-grabbing headlines about the solar industry over the past year, but when you look at the data, the trends driving this industry are clear: solar is becoming more and more affordable, and the home solar market is growing to include more and more low- and moderate-income households – and steadily growing, period!

Why Millennials Could Drive The Next Home Energy Boom

Why Millennials Could Drive The Next Home Energy Boom

Too many ‘participation’ trophies. Addicted to their phones. Spending all their money on avocado toast. Living with their parents, forever.

It’s a fact: millennials have been the target of more unfair, lazy takes than any previous generation. But as this chronically misunderstood and underestimated cohort comes of age, they’re driving seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and the economy which will shape our country for decades to come.

Tax Credits for Home Battery Systems Come With Asterisks

Tax Credits for Home Battery Systems Come With Asterisks

Home battery storage is currently a small part of the overall home solar market, but it’s growing fast. According to the most recent data from GTM Research, the market for residential storage grew over 200% in 2017 compared 2016. And, thanks to news from the IRS, that growth could accelerate even more. Earlier this month, the agency published a letter that could open a pathway for homeowners to claim the 30% Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit for batteries added to existing home solar power systems...

#TrumpTariffs, Financing, and the Value Proposition for Home Solar

#TrumpTariffs, Financing, and the Value Proposition for Home Solar

To assess the impacts of the #TrumpTariffs, it’s essential for homeowners to understand what goes into the cost of going solar. Just as the price of a new car includes a lot more than just the cost of steel, solar modules are just one component of the final cost of a home solar power system — and it’s a lot smaller portion than one might think...

What Tax Reform Means for Home Solar

What Tax Reform Means for Home Solar

Following weeks of intense speculation, headlines, and tweets, the Republican tax reform bill - known as the Tax Reform and Jobs Act of 2017 - was signed into law by President Trump just days before Christmas. Given the massive scope of the legislation and the accelerated schedule of its development, it’s no surprise that the numerous impacts of the bill on taxpayers in 2018 are still very much in the process of being unpacked - or, perhaps, unwrapped...

The 9 Brightest Solar Stories of 2017

The 9 Brightest Solar Stories of 2017

2017 was a wild ride for everyone, the solar industry included. On one hand, we saw a continuation of all the positive trends that have buoyed the U.S. solar boom in recent years, including record-low solar prices, record-high levels of consumer interest in going solar, and the steady growth of solar finance. On the other hand, our industry faced unexpected political headwinds — and the biggest total solar eclipse in the U.S. in nearly a century — and came together to show our strength...

Speaking Out Against a Backdoor Solar Tax

Speaking Out Against a Backdoor Solar Tax

The U.S. solar boom is one of the great American success stories of the 21st century. It was the #1 source of new electricity capacity in the U.S. last year, and rooftop solar is helping families become more energy independent, save money, and support the environment and economy in their communities. That’s why 89% of all Americans want to see the solar boom continue according to a recent Pew poll, with overwhelming support from members of both parties...