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A new study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “The Carbon Footprint of Household Energy Use in the United States,” took a much-needed, comprehensive look at the greenhouse (GHG) emissions related to residential energy use. Looking at data from 93 million households, the authors of the study determined that residential Read More >

Why has the Tesla Solar Roof – and solar roof tiles in general – been so difficult to get right?

The issuance of green municipal bonds offers a wonderful opportunity to relieve some of the economic pressure and lost jobs due to the coronavirus.

With the added – often significant – energy demands resulting from people staying home due to the coronavirus and warmer than average temperatures, those who utilize solar power may be asking at year’s end, “Where did my net metering credits go?”

If the coronavirus pandemic has shown us anything, it’s the benefits of ensuring that your home is safe and comfortable.

We know you’re getting a flood of emails talking about the policies and plans of various organizations and businesses as everyone tries to cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

If you are considering solar for your new commercial building or home construction, we urge you to engage your solar contractor early for the design and engineering process.

We were saddened – but not at all surprised – when The New York Times broke the story about how utility companies cultivated National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.) chapters around the country. With big donations, the utilities were able to get NAACP chapters to work against renewable efforts, helping to “stymie Read More >

We are sorry to be the bearer of bad news, especially during the holiday season, but the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – which has been set to step down at the end of 2019 – was not extended by Congress. The five-year extension was removed from the House $1.4 trillion spending package. We are Read More >

We have lots of choices to make when it comes to charitable endeavors. Most of us have contributed to various organizations and causes over the course of our lifetime. What may be less common is for a private citizen to support a trade association. But when it comes to the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association Read More >

The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most successful clean energy policies ever passed and has helped support a robust solar industry in the United States. The ITC currently allows homeowners and businesses to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from their federal taxes. Thanks to the Read More >

As consumers, we are safest when seeking goods and services we are at least somewhat familiar with. It’s relatively easy to do product research and compare prices when you have even a moderate base of knowledge. But when it comes to solar energy, other than the price, a lack of understanding is the most common Read More >

For those considering solar, the clock is ticking on the opportunity to maximize their savings through the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is set to step down from the current level of 30% at the end of this year (through its eventual elimination for homeowners in 2022). If you have been thinking about Read More >

By Bill Johnson President, Brilliant Harvest If you are thinking about installing a solar energy system on your home or business, or if you just really like reading about solar, then you’ve probably noticed lots of solar-related ads popping up on sites you visit and your Facebook activity feed. Perhaps you’ve even been tempted to Read More >

If you are considering a solar energy system for your home or business, it may seem intimidating. There are so many considerations and a lot of technical information to understand. At Brilliant Harvest, we strive to make the process as easy as possible for our clients. So, in today’s discussion, we’re going to explain how Read More >

A movement is afoot to end the energy monopoly in Florida.

In this post, we’re going to debunk renewable energy myths that have plagued solar and wind energy for too long.

No, this isn’t a blog post about great rock ‘n’ roll bands but as long as we’ve got your attention … Whether you already have a solar energy system or are getting ready to install one, a crucial decision you should be making is about energy storage. While it’s great to have a solar energy Read More >

The decision to install a solar energy system is not one to be taken lightly. It’s a significant investment, one that requires advance research and considerable thought. It’s also not inexpensive (although it is an investment that pays off in many ways, over time). While it is not our style to hurry a home or Read More >

By Bill Johnson, President, Brilliant Harvest Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that asserts the 2020s are “ground zero” in the battle to save our planet from widespread devastation. In short, the report says that humanity faces global food shortages, the flooding of coastal cities, climate-related poverty, and Read More >

We’ve all read the horror stories regarding the dangers of using an unlicensed contractor, whether it has to do with poor workmanship or work paid for and never completed (or done at all). As the solar industry has continued to grow, bad actors are operating in our industry now, too. We can’t urge you enough: Read More >

Tesla Powerwall Updates If you have the Tesla Powerwall home battery, then you know what it can do: provide backup power in the event of a utility power outage, and self-power your home by storing excess solar power produced when the sun is shining and using it at night. Through the Tesla mobile app, you Read More >

Once you’ve made an investment in a solar energy system, you’re probably going to be concerned about protecting that investment. The weather in Florida introduces many causes for concern, including hurricanes, tornadoes, hail and lightning (oh my!). One question we get fairly often is this: “Can my solar energy system be protected from lightning strikes?” Read More >

By Bill Johnson, President, Brilliant Harvest In 2016, I earned my certification as a solar PV (photovoltaic) installation professional from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). NABCEP is the most recognized and esteemed certification the solar industry has to offer. So what is the NABCEP certification all about and why should that Read More >

When you think about a typical solar energy installation, what comes to your mind first is probably a rooftop array. But there are a number of ways to take advantage of renewable energy when your roof isn’t an option or if you’re seeking something more unique. Sometimes it’s just not possible or cost-effective to install Read More >