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Is Solar Right for Me?
Below you will find some links and information that will help you decide if a solar installation could work for your home or business.

Solarbuzz is an international solar energy research and consulting company. Their website serves as a solar energy portal, linking to companies and topics related to the solar industry. The Customer Tips section might answer some questions you will come across in the decision process.

Energywise PA, a Web site that has been developed by the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), has a lot of information on the resources you need to implement energy efficiency projects. Among the information is a solar fact sheet that helps explain some of your options.

The Solar Estimator will help you determine the costs involved with a solar energy system.

Before installing a solar system, make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible. Using basic, low-cost measures can reduce your energy bills by 10 to 50 percent. Energy efficiency also allows you to get the most out of a solar system.

Visit PA's Department of Environmental Protection for a list of home energy efficiency resources.

Solar and My Historic Home
Just because someone owns a historic home in Philadelphia does not mean that they cannot take advantage of the benefits of solar. NREL has been tasked by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities partnership to identify challenges and recommend solutions for developing solar projects on historic buildings and in historic districts in such a way as to not affect the characteristics that make a building or district eligible for historic status and protection. This project is of particular importance given current mandates for environmental improvements, expanding renewable energy projects and the need to reduce energy costs.

A two-day meeting is being held at the Capitol Building in the Mile High City – Denver, Colorado – on June 7th and 8th, 2010 to identify opportunities related to solar project implementation on historic buildings and in historic districts and to define the process used to address challenges and create successful projects. The Capitol building was chosen for its historic significance and to highlight the solar PV demonstration on the roof. The meeting will convene city planners, state and city energy office staff, state historic preservation officers, architects and representatives from the solar and building industries.