2024 Solar Panels Oregon Guide

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      Oregon Solar Panel Guide for Homeowners and Business Owners

      Since the Willamette Valley is notorious for cloudy and rainy weather, it may not seem obvious that Oregon is one of the best states for installing home solar panel systems.

      In this article, we’ll explore;

      1. how solar in Oregon works

      2. what benefits you can expect, and

      3. how many solar panels you might need

      Our team of solar experts here at Sunbridge Solar is here to help, so if you have any additional questions about Oregon solar panels that we didn’t answer in this article, please get in touch with us!

      Quick Look: Solar Panels Oregon

      You may have already typed in Google, “solar panels Oregon” and done a bit of research, about the different types of solar energy. For a quick refresher, it’s important to distinguish that there are two types of solar panels: photovoltaic (PV) panels that produce electricity and solar thermal panels that are used to generate heat. For the purposes of this article, we will solely be looking at photovoltaic solar panels. Most solar companies in Oregon – as well as here at Sunbridge Solar – install only PV panels and not thermal solar panels.

      Essentially, a solar panel collects photons (particles of light) from the sun, which then knock electrons free from atoms within the panel materials, which generates an electrical current. 

      Each solar panel is actually a frame that contains many individual solar cells. If you have multiple solar panels wired together, that constitutes a solar array, and when the array is connected to batteries, inverters, and your home’s wiring, it becomes a solar energy system.

      Grid-Tied Vs. Off-Grid Systems

      Grid-tied systems are installed on homes that are already connected to a local energy utility grid, for the purpose of reducing energy costs and providing backup power in the case of a grid outage. If your solar energy system creates more electricity than you use in a month, you can usually take advantage of net metering, which allows you to amass credits for the excess energy you produce, which can be applied to your energy bills in subsequent months when your energy production is lower or your consumption is higher. If your system does not produce as much energy as you use, you will simply be charged the difference for grid electricity.

      Off-grid systems are primarily used in very remote or rural settings where no utility connection exists. They are designed to charge a battery system, which then provides power at night or whenever the solar panels are not generating power.

      Read More: Off-Grid Solar: How to Go Off-Grid in the Modern Era

      Are Solar Panels in Oregon Efficient?

      Solar panels are very efficient, especially in Oregon. There are several factors that affect the efficiency of solar panels, but we’ll explore the four biggest factors.


      The first and most obvious factor is the amount of sunlight that hits the solar panel. Of course, this will vary during different seasons, since the days are significantly longer and generally sunnier in the summertime in Oregon when compared to winter days. However, solar panels do not need direct sunlight to produce energy, so even on cloudy or overcast days, they will still generate some electricity.


      Next up is the average temperature of the area. Solar panels lose efficiency the hotter it is, and actually have a temperature coefficient rating, which essentially indicates the percentage of power generation loss for each degree Celsius above 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). Fortunately, Oregon is not exceptionally hot, so solar panels tend to do well and generate power efficiently here.

      Types of Solar Panel in Oregon

      The type of solar panel you select also dictates the overall efficiency of your system. Each model of solar panel has an efficiency percentage rating that’s generally between 15-20%, although some newer panels have ratings as high as 22%. The current drive in the solar panel industry is to improve the efficiency of panels while still keeping the costs reasonable.

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      Angle and Orientation

      Finally, the angle at which your solar panels are mounted has a significant impact on efficiency. Solar panels work best when the sun is hitting them straight-on. Obviously, the optimal angle to achieve this varies throughout the year, but here in the northern hemisphere, the sun will always be to the south, so mounting solar panels on a pitched south-facing roof surface is the most effective.

      If you want to maximize your energy production, you can design your mounting system to be adjustable so that you can change the panel angle throughout the year.

      How Many Solar Panels Do You Need?

      This depends entirely on your household. A good way to decide what size of the system is appropriate for your home is to determine your current electricity consumption, assessed at different times of year – people generally have the lights on more in the winter and use energy to heat their homes, and don’t use as much energy in the summer unless they are running air conditioning units.

      You can find your consumption amount in kWh on your current energy bill to help find out how many solar panels you will need to power a house.

      100% Offset Using Just 13 To 33 Solar Panels

      Then decide how much of that energy consumption you can feasibly cover by analyzing your roof’s capacity for holding solar panels and the number of sunshine hours the panels will receive.

      In general, each kW of solar panels will require 100 square feet of south-facing roof space. Residential solar energy systems commonly range from about 4 kW to 10 kW to generate 100% of the home’s energy consumption or 13 to 33 solar panels to offset your consumption by 100%

      Are Solar Panels Worth It in Oregon?

      Installing a solar energy system at your home is definitely worth it.

      A Few Advantages

      Solar power provides a clean, renewable, emission-free energy source, which is critical in today’s environmental crisis. Installing solar panels will significantly reduce your carbon footprint, something we all need to strive to protect the planet.

      Nowadays, solar installations in Oregon are increasingly affordable, especially with federal, state, and local incentives. Most solar energy systems have a lifespan of about 25 years, and many systems will pay themselves off within 10-12 years, so you will get to enjoy free or very low-cost clean energy for over a decade.

      Solar energy also increases your home equity by an average of $14,000, so even if your plans change and you end up moving out of your home before the solar energy system has reached the end of its lifespan, you can get most or all of your initial investment back.

      You can also set up your solar energy system to provide backup power in the case of a grid outage, which will keep you comfortable and prevent the food in your refrigerator from spoiling every time the power goes out.

      A Few Disadvantages

      There are very few disadvantages of solar panels. One may be that the initial investment costs are significant, but even this large expense can be cut by up to 50% by taking advantage of all the federal, state, and local solar incentives.

      It could also be argued that solar panels are unsightly, but manufacturers are making increasingly sleek and unobtrusive panels that blend right into your roof. Tesla is also working on photovoltaic roof tiles that would be indistinguishable from regular solar roof tiles.

      Is It Worth Getting Cheap Or Free Solar Panels?

      In general, no. If you are going to spend the money to invest in a solar energy system, you will be much better off long-term if you invest in high-quality panels and other solar components. However, as we’ve mentioned, high-quality equipment doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank. Plus, it is now easier than ever to obtain financing for your solar project, so you can spread out the cost over several years.

      Cheap solar panels are likely to be less efficient, less durable, and have a shorter lifespan than better quality panels, so you may end up spending more money on maintenance and repairs than you would have on one set of high-quality panels that do not require much maintenance.

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      2024 Oregon Solar Incentives

      There are many solar rebates you can take advantage of in Oregon, starting with the Federal Investment Tax Credit that allows you to deduct 26% of the total cost of a solar system installation from your federal tax liability.

      Additionally, there are several Oregon solar incentives that give cash-rebates for residents of various Oregon cities and utility service areas on a per-watt basis, and a state-wide net metering program that allows you to get credit on your energy bill for excess energy that you sell back to the grid.

      List of Oregon Solar Incentives

      1. Federal Solar Tax Credit
      2. Energy Trust of Oregon Solar Incentives
      3. Portland General Electric Solar Program
      4. Pacific Power Solar Incentive Program
      5. Solar Within Reach
      6. ODOE Solar Rebate for Battery Backup Systems
      7. Oregon Net Energy Metering
      8. Portland Clean Energy Fund
      9. USDA REAP Grant (Grants for large solar farms)

      What Makes Us Different?

      At Sunbridge Solar, we take great pride in providing a specialized and individualized method for installing solar panels. Since every house and business is different, we take the time to get to know our customers and their individual energy requirements. Your energy goals, financial constraints, and property are carefully considered by our solar experts as they design and install a solar panel system for you.

      Furthermore, we put a high priority on honesty and transparency in everything we do. Throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation to the last installation, we believe in being honest and upfront with our clients. We help our clients navigate the various solar incentives that are available while providing detailed information about the costs and advantages of solar energy.

      As part of our ongoing support, we also keep an eye on your system’s performance, respond to your inquiries, and perform maintenance. Our dedication to offering top-notch customer service and premium solar solutions that are tailored to each client’s specific needs is ultimately what distinguishes us from the competition.

      Get a Free Quote

      We aim to make the process as simple and transparent as we can because we recognize that switching to solar energy can be a significant investment. We give our clients free quotes so they can get an accurate idea of the costs and savings associated with installing solar panels on their property. Our team of professionals will collaborate with you to create a solar solution that is tailored to your unique energy requirements and price range.

      Contact Sunbridge Solar right away if you want to find out more about installing solar panels in Oregon and receive a free estimate. In order for you to make an informed decision about going solar, our team is available to answer any questions you may have and give you the information you require. We are eager to assist you in switching to clean and renewable energy!

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      Lura Kidner-Miesen
      Lura Kidner-Miesen
      I highly recommend Sunbridge Solar. I was very happy with their product, customer service, installation team, and support.
      Karen Driscoll
      Karen Driscoll
      I highly recommend Sunbridge Solar. We received 3 bids. The reason we chose Sunbridge is 1. The reasonable price. 2. Local company. 3. No sales pressure and great product knowledge. Jim our salesperson and Haley our product manager guided us through the process and kept us informed every step of the way. If we had questions, they got back to us within 24 hours. Matt and the rest of the install team were hard working, efficient, friendly, and great communicators. Sunbridge Solar takes care of all the permitting. They coordinate with the utility company (and the cost of the new meter is included in the contract). No hidden costs! We have hired many contractors for a variety of home improvements over the years. None have measured up to the quality of work and customer service we received from Sunbridge Solar.
      Michael Hubbard
      Michael Hubbard
      We could not be happier with Sunbridge Solar and their excellent sales, planning and installation staff. When we had some early communication issues, Jordan, Justin and Sean addressed and resolved them. The installation was a lot of work, partly due to our topography; but Garret and team addressed it with zeal and friendliness, explaining all the was occurring and ready to answer any questions. We likely cannot say enough in a sincere recommendation; but assure you of first-rate service.
      Calvin Mattson
      Calvin Mattson
      Sunbridge was one of three solar companies we interviewed before settling on Sunbridge. If you are in the process of interviewing, be aware that Sunbridge uses top shelf components. The award winning panels and Enphase microconverters are noticeable superior. This is our second house that we've installed solar. These panels are superior even for generation on cloudy days. Be sure and ask for Rachel as she was much more dialed into the industry than the other companies we interviewed.
      Trevor Taggart
      Trevor Taggart
      We had been looking to go Solar for the past 9 years but the costs did not add up enough to take the plunge. A friend of ours recommended Sunbridge Solar so we decided it was time to give it another look. Rachel answered the call and showed up shortly after to start the process. Between collecting power bills, planning the system, and coordinating with all applicable parties communication was great every step of the way. The installers came out and finished within 2-days and over the course of the next 10 days final inspection and installation of our bi-direction meter by the power company. We are extremely happy with the results and with an environmental conscience glad to know we are reducing our dependence on "the grid". Finally once all had been up and running Rachel came back to do a walk-through of the entire system and help streamline our use of the 'Enlighten' app to ensure we were set up correctly to also receive automatic alerts 'if' the system runs into any issues. Thanks again for such a great experience!!
      Gregg R
      Gregg R
      The entire process of getting solar on our house with SUNBRIDGE was professional and efficient. Our point of contact, Justin, was super responsive to probably too many questions and texts that I sent. The install team, led by Matt, inspired confidence with their communication and expertise. Matt installed our car charger too and had really helpful input as to placement which we are really appreciative of and happy with. Haley as the overall coordinator was also excellent, professional, and kind. If you are considering Solar you can do no better than going with SUNBRIDGE.
      harry warren
      harry warren
      My first experience with Sunbridge Solar and SEAN was great! They were super quick to answer my questions and really friendly. SEAN was really knowledgeable and explained things in a simple way that made everything easy to understand. I love my new solar setup and would definitely tell anyone thinking about solar to check out Sunbridge Solar and SEAN!
      Mark Johansen
      Mark Johansen
      Sunbridge Solar did an excellent job installing my 26 panel 10.66Kw system on our home in SE portland. I obtained quotes from 4 different companies including Tesla. In the end Sunbridge was the best value and they had the most sensible plan for my roof. Everyone I worked with from my point man Justin, design&measurements Doug, coordinator Haley, electricians Matt & Matt, and the entire install crew, were all very helpful, professional, courteous. As of today my system has been active and producing electricity for 2 months now and I love it. I would absolutely do business with Sunbridge again and recommend them to anyone needing Solar. Thanks for the rooftop system Sunbridge!
      Vance Berry
      Vance Berry
      Sean was incredibly helpful. He was generous with his time, making us comfortable with how the system worked, and is obviously passionate about this work. Thanks, Sean, for going above and beyond!
      Steve Skinner
      Steve Skinner
      All staff - sales, installers and office were very professional, friendly, and helpful. We are extremely happy with final product and would recommend Sunbridge Solar to everyone.
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