Does Solar Power Work In The Pacific Northwest?

4 Reasons Why Solar Is A Safe Bet

Thanks to a smart solar power panel incentives, improved technology, and solar-friendly utility programs, Oregon and Washington state is now one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the United States (Forbes). In this article, we will go over  4 reasons why solar power works in cloudy areas of Oregon and Washington State. Learn why solar is a smart financial investment, today.

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Reason 1:

Long, Sunny Summer Days

Summers in Oregon and Washington state are sunny and clear. Daylight hours can stretch from about 5 AM to 10 PM. These long, clear sunny days produce large amounts of solar energy.  This solar panels then provides free, clean energy for your home or business.

When you produce more solar energy than you need you will send power back into the utility grid. This is called net-energy metering, or NEM. This allows your utility to reduce the amount of fossil fuels needed to produce energy (see Reason 2).

Western Oregon and Washington are famous for their long, rainy winters. However, during the summer the long, sunny skies make solar power more attractive financial investment.

Reason 2:

Net Energy Metering

The summer is the best time for solar power in Oregon and Washington and net energy metering (NET metering). When your home is producing more solar power than it is consuming, the excess electricity is then used by your neighbors!

As you produce more excess energy, you will be rewarded more energy credits throughout the year. You can think of this as “spinning your meter backward.” The below image shows how net energy metering works.


Northwest summers are so long and cool, so it’s possible to produce more energy than you consume.  In this case, the energy credit passes to the following month(s) so you can use it in the cloudy winters. Your electric utility must credit you for any extra solar power you produce at the same rate that they charge you.

Have a Summer Home?

You may be eligible to install solar power on your summer home and apply the energy credits the home you most use. This is a great way to add value and sustainability to your investment properties. Contact us today to learn more about solar for your summer home.

Reason 3:

Excellent Solar Cash Rebates & Tax Incentives

Throughout Oregon and Washington, we have some of the most generous solar incentives in the United States. You can offset up to 80 percent of your initial solar panel investment.

Solar incentives are a combination of cash-incentives and state and federal tax credits. When combined you may see a payback as quick as 6 to 10 years on equipment warrantied to produce power for 25 years. And don’t forget paying little to zero every month on your power bills.

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Reason 4:

$0 Down Financing Options

Our financing option is a $0-down loan that requires no down payment, allowing you to hold on to your money. By choosing to finance your system, you can invest your cash in opportunities with potentially higher returns or spend it in other ways. In addition, there are no prepayment penalties so you can always pay off your loan sooner if you choose.


By financing your system, you can build a consistent track record of on-time payments and improve your credit score. Homeowners with stronger credit profiles receive a wide range of benefits, and typically qualify for lower interest rates on mortgages, car loans, and other re-financing. With a cash purchase, your credit score is not positively impacted.

There has never been a better time to go solar. Get your free solar consultation today!