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Is solar sustainable in New England?

asked 2013-04-18 16:03:49 -0500

rebecca gravatar image

Do New England homes receive enough sunlight (it's dark at 4:30 now!) to make solar a viable option? Would you have to supplement with conventional energy sources more often than not?

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answered 2013-05-28 15:24:58 -0500

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Hi Rebecca - Solar is great for New England, but just like any place where its dark at night, you have to mix it up a bit to ensure you have the power you need. During the long summer days, your system will overproduce energy and creates a nice credit with your utility that can be drawn down in the winter months when the days are shorter or when there is snow covering the panels. Solar hot water is also a good option for many properties as you don't need that much space and you also don't need as much direct sun exposure in most applications. Having a system that includes both technologies is often a great option.

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