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Solar panel glossary: kW, kWh, and mWh defined
If you’re doing research into home solar, you may come across some terminology that you’re unfamiliar with. A few common ones are kilowatts and kilowatt-hours. They’re confusing because of the similar names, but they refer to distinct things. Here’s an attempt at some simple explanations. What is a kilowatt? A watt is a measure of electrical power. A kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts. The abbreviation for kilowatt is kW. (The W is capitalized because it is named after the Scottish inventor James Watt.
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Permits for home solar installation: what you need to know
If you plan to install solar panels on your home, in most cities you will require at least one permit for the project. In many cases, you’ll need multiple permits. That’s not surprising: solar panels involve electrical and structural work, which are usually regulated by local or state codes. You’ll also need permission from your utility company, unless you plan to go completely off the grid. If you live under a homeowners association, you might need their blessing too.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Solar
General considerationsTechnicalEnvironment General considerations Should I go solar? Maybe. We’re big fans of solar (obviously) but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everybody. While there are options such as community solar that allow potentially anyone to benefit, you’re more likely to see a financial return on investment if some or all of the following criteria apply to you: You own your home, and plan to live in it for at least as long as your calculated payback period.