According to National Geographic, “Solar energy is the technology used to harness the sun’s energy and make it useable. As of 2011, the technology produced less than one tenth of one percent of global energy demand.

But that is changing quickly!!

Many are familiar with so-called photovoltaic cells, or solar panels, found on things like spacecraft, rooftops, and handheld calculators. The cells are made of semiconductor materials like those found in computer chips. When sunlight hits the cells, it knocks electrons loose from their atoms. As the electrons flow through the cell, they generate electricity.

On a much larger scale, solar-thermal power plants employ various techniques to concentrate the sun’s energy as a heat source. The heat is then used to boil water to drive a steam turbine that generates electricity in much the same fashion as coal and nuclear power plants, supplying electricity for thousands of people.”



I reached out a colleague of mine, Ashlee Ellerman, who has been in the real estate field for years to find out!


According to her company Sunrun’s website, “Everyone should have the freedom to choose where they get their energy, to control their home’s energy costs, and be safe from grid disruption. Consumers want access to affordable technology that enables energy generation, storage and management. We know this choice will ultimately help reduce the use of dirty fossil fuels as well as the need for expensive utility grid infrastructure replacements.


Rooftop solar and energy storage is the foundation for the next generation of the energy grid. Unlike the grid of the last 100 years, rooftop solar does not rely on transmitting and balancing energy over long distances. Rather, it generates and distributes locally. Investing in rooftop solar systems is like building cell towers instead of landlines – it’s smart and forward-thinking. It benefits the solar system owners by delivering lower energy bills and allowing them to avoid costly rate increases, and it benefits the community by providing a clean, renewable source of energy that reduces the need for expensive new power plants and unsightly power lines.


Providing homeowners with savings through clean solar energy will always guide our core purpose. We partner with utility providers around the country to make rooftop solar and energy storage an integral part of the grid for the next hundred years.”


How can you get started?

If you have any questions or are ready to get started, contact Ashlee at Sunrun and she will walk you through the qualification process and answer any questions you may have. I have worked with Ashlee personally for many years and she is one of the best! 


You can also read their blogs to get some basic answers to some questions.

And for any other advice with anything real estate contact The Real Estate Exchange and we can get you started in the right direction.


John E Neal II has been helping people with their real estate and mortgage needs for over 20 years. Anyone who has questions or needs to get preapproved for a mortgage with no overlays on ANY type of loan can contact the author, John E Neal II, at 312-235-6453 or email at He is available 7 days a week, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

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