Author: John Hageman

REAP grants | Wolf Track Energy

REAP grants for solar: How to get financing for your system

Going solar isn’t cheap, but Uncle Sam can help bring down the cost significantly with REAP grants.   REAP, which stands for the Rural Energy in America Program, is a federal program that provides grants and guaranteed loans for renewables and energy efficiency projects. The financing is set aside for rural small businesses and agricultural producers.  …
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August 4, 2023 0
Residential Solar | Wolf Track Energy

Net metering in Minnesota: What to know

Northlanders considering adding solar panels to their home or business should probably understand net metering in Minnesota.   The net metering law, adopted by the state in 1983, governs how utilities compensate solar system owners for the energy they send to the grid. It’s what allows solar systems to drive down the cost of a customer’s…
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June 26, 2023 0
How many solar panels do I need? | Wolf Track Energy

“How many solar panels do I need?” Find out here

As solar installers, one of the more common questions we get is: “How many solar panels do I need?”  It may seem like an easy question, but the answer is anything but. It’s going to take some digging by your solar installer to design a system that works for you.   Solar customers in Minnesota can…
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April 10, 2023 0
Solar panel warranty | Wolf Track Energy

Solar panel warranty: How to protect your investment

Solar systems are a reliable way to produce electricity. There are no moving parts in a solar panel – they just soak up the sun’s rays for 25 years or more.   But what if something goes wrong? That’s where a solar panel warranty comes in.   There are several different kinds of warranties that…
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December 1, 2022 0
Solar quotes | Wolf Track Energy

Getting solar quotes? Here’s how to read your proposal

Getting solar quotes from a contractor is one of the first steps when investing in renewable energy. The estimate should tell you about all of the important aspects of your system, including cost, estimated energy production and return on investment.   But not every quote is made the same. Some installers may choose to highlight different…
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October 25, 2022 0
Solar tax credits | Wolf Track Energy

Solar tax credits and you: What’s in the new climate change bill

President Biden signed legislation this month extending solar tax credits that have helped make systems more affordable in recent years, boosting investment in clean energy.   But the tax credits are just part of a larger package aimed at incentivizing adoption of clean and efficient energy devices included in the Inflation Reduction Act. In all, the…
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August 29, 2022 0
New home with solar | Wolf Track Energy

Designing a new home with solar panels: A guide to maximizing your system

Most of the time, people contact us looking for help putting solar panels on their existing house. But sometimes, we’re asked to consult when somebody is building a new home with solar panels.   Installing a solar system a new home can make a lot of sense. After all, the home can be designed in a…
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August 1, 2022 0
Rooftop solar installation | Wolf Track Energy

Is my roof good for solar? Find out here

One of the first questions we often hear from people is: “Is my roof good for solar?”  Obviously, there’s no one good answer to this question. Everyone’s roof is a little bit different, from the material used to the orientation and pitch. Roof age and condition can also play into the feasibility of installing solar…
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July 18, 2022 0
Solar panel installer | Wolf Track Energy

Hiring a solar panel installer? Here are some tips

Adding solar panels to your home or business requires a large investment. People rightly want to trust the people they’re hiring as the solar panel installer.   That’s why it’s important to take a few steps to protect yourself and your investment. Recently there’s been some unfortunate instances of companies that allegedly didn’t install systems…
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May 30, 2022 0
Ground mount solar array | Wolf Track Energy

How long do solar panels last? What consumers should know

People interested in adding solar panels to their home or business have probably wondered, “how long do solar panels last?”   Conventional wisdom says solar panels last between 25-30 years. But there’s more that prospective solar customers should know about panel lifespan.   Let’s inspect this topic more closely.   Degradation rate  Once you have…
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April 4, 2022 0
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