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Author: John Hageman

Solar panel installation | Wolf Track Energy

Minnesota solar companies: What to look for

If you’re comparing Minnesota solar companies to help you make the transition to renewable energy, you may have wondered if there’s some kind of “solar installer certification.” It turns out there is, and Wolf Track Energy has one.  But there are other licenses out there that a solar contractor will be required to have, depending…
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August 19, 2021 0
Solar panel angle | Wolf Track Energy

How to determine the best angle for solar panels

It’s important to think about the best angle for solar panels when designing a new system. After all, the way the panels are arranged will play a big part in determining how much energy they produce.  The optimal angle will differ based on where you live, and the design of the system itself.  But panel…
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August 16, 2021 0
Bell curve | Wolf Track Energy

Inverter clipping: Design flaw or smart investment?

New solar users often wonder how they can avoid inverter clipping. Luckily for them, they don’t need to.  Inverter clipping is, simply put, a situation in which the output of a solar system is limited by the size of the inverter, which is a device that converts direct current (DC) produced by panels into alternating…
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August 9, 2021 0
Solar panels and hail | Wolf Track Energy

Solar panels and hail. What could go wrong?

Oil and water. Cats and dogs. Another two things you don’t think would mix? Solar panels and hail.  But surprisingly, solar panels can stand up to a lot of extreme weather. And that’s obviously a good thing. Solar panels have to be outside in order to transform the sun’s energy into electricity, so they’re exposed…
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July 23, 2021 1
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Why energy efficiency is important for solar homes

Anybody who pays power bills every month doesn’t have to ask why energy efficiency is important. Wasting energy is also a waste of money. Prospective solar users may also want to consider energy efficiency. Though solar is becoming increasingly popular, people may get turned off by the panels’ initial price tag. After all, average-sized systems…
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July 8, 2021 0
Solar panel calculator | Wolf Track Energy

Getting a return on your solar energy investment

Homeowners looking to add solar panels to their property are likely motivated by environmental concerns. But they’re more often concerned about a different kind of green: money. They want to know: “How much does solar energy cost?” Installing a solar system generally costs thousands of dollars. That makes for a sizeable upfront expense. But by…
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June 23, 2021 2
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Electric vehicles are all the rage. Is owning one worth it?

Electric vehicles are vastly outnumbered on U.S. roads today, but they’re increasingly seen as the future of transportation. That’s prompting a lot of people to wonder: Is it worth buying an electric car? And soon, consumers will have more options to choose from. General Motors, the largest automaker in the U.S., announced earlier this year…
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June 10, 2021 0
Solar panel recycling | Wolf Track Energy

Solar energy is exploding, but barriers persist for recycling

It may not happen for a few decades, but eventually solar panels wear out and need to be replaced. Instead of driving them to a landfill, many people would prefer solar panel recycling. And that’s not surprising. Solar panel users are likely and rightly concerned about the environment. Rather than burn fossil fuels to keep…
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June 1, 2021 0
Residential solar panels | Wolf Track Energy

Solar energy 101: Powering your home with sunlight

Have you noticed crews working on your neighbor’s roof lately and wondered how solar panels can work for your home? A quick description almost sounds like a science fiction plot. A photon of sunlight hits a shimmering silicon sheet sitting on your roof. Almost magically, the panel converts the energy into electricity, powering devices across…
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May 26, 2021 0
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