Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels allow you to generate your own renewable energy and reduce your reliance on the power generated by utilities. Even in the Pacific Northwest, depending on your site conditions, a solar PV system can make financial sense when you consider incentives like rebates and tax credits. Site factors should always be considered when assessing solar viability.
Solar PV panels convert sunlight to electricity. The panels are usually connected to the electric grid and directly power your home, which allows you to pull less or, during certain times, no electricity from the utility. Net metering allows you to sell electricity back to the utility when your solar production exceeds your home’s use; sometimes you can even watch your electric meter spin backwards! Battery backup systems and going “off the grid” are both costly and largely unnecessary for most homeowners.
A contractor will inspect your home for:
Ideal site conditions include unobstructed solar exposure on a south-facing roof. West and east-facing exposure is also acceptable.
Thinking of starting a project? The first step is to schedule your 100 Point Performance Check to find opportunities to improve the efficiency, safety and health of your home.