General Solar Information

General Solar
Information

Learn what type of solar power system is right for you, and how to determine how much solar you need. In these articles, we discuss the basics and not-so-basics of solar power, and how to find a qualified and reputable solar installer. We also address many other topics that come up when people are interested in going solar.

Solar Income Tax Credit Extended Through 2034!

Exciting news for those who want to go solar. The Solar ITC was extended through 2034, and increased to 30% through 2032.

Is 2022 REALLY Your Last Chance to Go Solar?

Marketing companies can get very creative when trying to get your attention. And some can be downright misleading, and even deceptive.

How to Clean Your Solar Panels

Dirt and grime can reduce the power you get from your solar panels. But it’s important to use the right tools and cleaning products to reduce the risk of damage.

Solar for Tiny Homes

Solar power works similarly for tiny homes as it does for the average home, however some flexibility is necessary. Though space for equipment is a constraint, there are options available to you.

Site Survey Checklist

Feel prepared for your solar site survey by following Fire Mountain Solar’s simple Solar Site Survey Checklist.

Essential Loads in a Nutshell

Emergency backup power systems are independent sources of electrical power that support your essential loads when grid power is down.But what exactly is an essential load?

5 Considerations for Mobile Power Systems

If you are interested in a reliable mobile power system that includes solar, there are a few key things to keep in mind during the design process.

Claiming the Solar Tax Credit for Your New Roof

Some solar companies say you can include the cost of your new roof when claiming the federal solar tax credit. But that advice could end you up in hot water.

5 Common Misconceptions About Solar

Don’t get the wrong idea about solar! We help clear up some of the confusion with our 5 Common Misconceptions About Solar

Solar Panel FAQ

Have questions regarding solar panels? Learn more with our answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding solar panels.

Solar System Payback

You often hear people talking about solar system payback. But how long it takes to recoup your upfront cost of solar doesn’t tell the whole story.

Don’t Get Swindled: Signs of Misleading Solar Contractors

Protect yourself with tips for telling the difference between a reputable solar contractor and the increasing number of scoundrels just out for a fast buck.

Net Metering

Net metering lets you “bank” your excess generated solar power with your utility for later use. Find out more about this very important solar incentive.

How Much Solar Do I Need?

Contrary to popular belief, how much solar you need is not dependent on your home size. So how then do you determine how much solar you need?

Disconnecting from Your Utility: From on the Grid to Living Off Grid

Want to disconnect from your utility company and go off-grid? You are not alone! Read this guide to learn more about living off grid.

Major Grid Tie Solar System Components

If you are new to solar energy, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Learn about the major grid tie solar system components.

New Construction Solar Design Tips

Building a new home and want to include solar electricity? We offer some new construction solar design tips to get the most out of your investment.

Questions to Ask Before Selecting Your Solar Installer

Selecting your solar installer is a big decision. Be prepared to ask the right questions to help you choose the best solar installer for you.

What Type of Solar Power System is Right for You?

Not sure what type of solar power system is right for you? Use our flowchart below to help you determine which system will help you meet your power goals.

Solar System Sizing Myths

Knowing what’s important when sizing a solar panel system is important. We debunk some of the most common solar system sizing myths to help.

Solar and Your Utility

Not all utilities treat solar the same. Learn important things to know about going solar and working with your utility company to make the process easy.

Is Solar a Good Investment?

Many people ask us, Is Solar a Good Investment? The short answer is Yes! Find out why solar is one of the most secure investments you can make.

Access Solar Load Calculator – How Much Power Do I Use?

Not sure how much energy you use? Use Fire Mountain Solar’s Off Grid Solar Load Calculator to determine your power usage.

Solar Insolation Map for Photovoltaics: Determining Your Peak Sun Hours

Knowing the average sun hours in your area is a key step in sizing your solar system. Our chart can help.

Steps to Grid Tie Solar

Interested in going solar but not sure about the process? Our guide outlines what to expect from the beginning to after your Grid Tie Solar installation is complete.

USDA REAP Grants – Save 50% on Solar for Your Rural Business

USDA REAP grants and loans for farms and rural businesses make solar an even better investment!

Solar System Sizing, Solar Components

What size solar system do I need? Learn the basics about solar system sizing and about major solar system components from FMS.

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need for My Home?

How many solar panels you will need depends on how much energy you use. Read our guide to learn more about sizing your solar system.

Incentives for Solar

Incentives like the federal ITC, net metering and REAP grants help make going solar an excellent investment.

Solar Power FAQ

Thinking about going solar? Get answers to the our most frequently asked questions about solar.