Is The Northwest Too Wet For Solar Energy?

Energy Efficiency



Above: Residential solar installation made quick and easy with the experts at Neil Kelly.

Don’t let the name fool you. Solar energy isn’t only reserved for homes and businesses in year-round sunny climates. Solar energy is for anyone with a desire to create a more sustainable, energy efficient home. Conventional wisdom says the Pacific Northwest is too wet to receive any real benefit from solar energy. But modern solar photovoltaic panels can collect energy in all types of weather.

“Germany is the worldwide leader in solar energy, and the country has very similar climate and resources as Oregon,” says Steve Coughran, Neil Kelly Solar and Energy Services Manager in Bend.

The first step in getting your home or business ready for solar is to schedule a complimentary solar assessment. A Neil Kelly energy specialist will check the site for solar resources and whether or not the roof can support a system. Next, the technician will check the unit’s power bill.

modern solar panels

Above: Modern solar panels collect energy in all types of weather.

“Solar electric systems vary greatly in size based on the home or business’s heating equipment and appliances used,” says Coughran. “But today’s modern systems let you get the most bang for your buck. The cost of the panels has decreased so much in the last seven years, but the power has doubled to 300 watt panels for most projects.”

These modern solar electric systems are reliable, efficient, economical — and local. Neil Kelly is proud to install top performing system components from industry leaders such as SolarWorld, the largest American solar manufacturer based out of Hillsboro, Oregon.

“At Neil Kelly we not only do solar, but home energy retrofits,” says Coughran. “Solar is a fantastic first step, but we can do a number of modifications to make your home or business more efficient and use 10-15% less energy.”

Solar Tax Incentives

Generous solar tax credits and incentives can substantially reduce the cost of installing a solar electric system, but the incentives are changing fast.

Federal Tax Credits can offset up to 30% of the cost of a residential or commercial solar energy system in 2018. This percentage decreases to 20% in 2019 and 10% in 2020.

Energy Trust Incentives are available for Washington and Oregon, including up to $4,800 for Portland General Electric customers, and up to $4,400 for Pacific Power customers.

Is your home or business ready for solar? We specialize in the design, installation and maintenance of residential and commercial solar energy systems — backed by a five-year warranty — and can help you access tax credits and incentives that can pay half of the cost of installing the system in many areas. Talk to a solar energy specialist today.