Answers To A Few Frequently Asked Questions:

DOES SOLAR POWER WORK IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST?

We get this one a lot. Believe it or not, Oregon and the PNW has some of the better solar radiance in the country. Sure, we have our cloudy days, but solar isn’t about heat, its about LIGHT!

WILL IT WORK ON MY HOME, BUSINESS OR PROPERTY?

There’s only one way to find out! A free solar site evaluation. Our initial phone conversation will include us looking up your home via Google Earth. Generally speaking if the satellites can see your roof, so can the sun! Let’s set up an evaluation and we’ll head over to find out .

IS IT REALLY WORTH IT? WILL I STILL HAVE AN ELECTRIC BILL? WILL I MAKE MONEY?!

This depends on your current usage & the size of your install. Our average residential customer will drastically reduce or eliminate their bill. The incentive program you choose will determine your initial cost and long term ROI. Spoiler alert: It almost always makes TONS of financial sense.

CAN’T I JUST LEASE MY SOLAR ARRAY AND STILL GET ALL THE BENEFITS?

No, no, no! Leasing solar is a waste of time and money, all it does is create an ADDITIONAL utility bill. Your rates are locked in for a limited amount of time and because you don’t own the array, you don’t get to take advantage of the incentives and tax credits. At best they will sell you your state tax credit. The worst part is that they are using YOUR roof to produce power for YOUR home that they resell back to YOU! Still sound like a good idea?

Learn more on our financing page.

ARE ALL INSTALLERS CREATED EQUAL?

Nope, they aren’t. We’ve been in business for nearly 10 years for a reason. We are not only consistently the best priced installer around, we are the best, period. We literally teach the City of Portland’s inspectors how to inspect our competition’s work. We’re also A rated on Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

As you can imagine, cost varies by system size, incentives & financing options. The majority of our installs completely pay for themselves within a 3-5 years so if you own your property SOLAR POWER IS A NO BRAINER! Stop asking “why”, and start asking “why not”!

DOES MY SOLAR ARRAY NEED BATTERIES TO WORK?

Nope! Batteries are only needed for off grid systems! That’s not to say that you can’t add them to your “grid-tied”/”Grid-Interactive” system, thus making what we call a “hybrid solar system” (grid tied with battery backup).

The excess energy that your solar system creates when the sun is up:

1) Satisfies your consumption/demand at that time

2) The extra power back feeds your electric utility and turns your meter backwards (crediting your future bill).

This is the basic premise of “net metering”. 

Learn more on our blog post about net metering.

WILL MY SOLAR PANELS WORK ON A CLOUDY DAY?

Yup! Remember those solar powered calculators in school? The more you covered the solar cells, the dimmer the display was, but you had to completely black them out for it to go off. Same thing applies: Solar panels generate electricity from LIGHT not heat, so even on a rainy or overcast day your roof is making power for you.

Of course, bright sunny days will produce significantly more electricity than overcast ones, but you’ll be producing way more power (and paying for much less) on those grey days then you were before you had solar.

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