Local Solar Installer in Portland, Oregon
As Oregon’s largest city, Portland is at the forefront of the green energy movement. Portland is well-known for its eco-friendliness, which aligns perfectly with our values as a company. We at Sunbridge Solar are committed to providing high quality solar energy systems to both our residential and commercial customers.
This bustling city is nestled between the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and at the base of the stunning Mt. Hood, and it sets an example to the rest of the Pacific Northwest of renewable energy implementation and environmental stewardship. Solar energy is a relatively new industry, and we are thrilled to be Portland’s top solar energy company and part of the vanguard that’s bringing affordable solar energy systems to homes and businesses in the Portland area.
Is Solar Worth It in Portland, Oregon?
The short answer is yes! The Pacific Northwest is definitely known for rain, but the long summer days make solar energy a worthy investment in Portland. At Sunbridge Solar, from start to finish we will guide you through the process of solar energy system installation, and we will help you navigate the complicated world of permits, solar energy credits, and incentives.
We also use solar panels that can capture scattered light, such as on overcast days, and turn that into usable energy. This means that Portland is an excellent place to install solar energy systems since usable energy can be harvested nearly every day of the year. Plus, if your panels produce an excess of power on long sunny days, there is the potential to sell this excess back to the grid and receive credits that can be used during cloudy winter days.
Our goal is to make it easy for our customers to go solar and to provide the best quality systems, while creating a positive environmental impact both locally and globally. Contact us today to get started!
Does Solar Power Work in Portland?
Despite being known best for the rain, Portland's lengthy daylight hours in the summer make solar a terrific investment for your home or business. By being able to sell excess solar energy back to your utility provider, you will accrue credits to be used during the more cloudy months.
Current Oregon Solar Incentives
Depending on whether you are installing solar panels for your home or business you have access to different incentives. While both can take advantage of Energy Trust of Oregon’s cash-incentive, the federal solar tax credit, and net energy metering they follow different set of rules. To get a better understanding, learn more about each type.
Sunbridge Answers Your Solar Panel Questions
Q: How Does Solar Energy Work?
A: Solar energy works by the solar panel converting sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. This electricity needs to be converted into alternating current (AC) to match with your utility power. This is done by an inverter converting the DC into AC electricity. After converted to AC, your home or business consumes what it needs and the excess is sent to your utility spinning your meter backwards (Read more: Net Energy Metering)
Q: How Long Do Solar Panels Last?
A: Solar panels installed by Sunbridge Solar are guaranteed to last for at least 25 years though they are engineered to last over 40 years. All come with a 25-year manufacturer warranty and free replacements.
Q: How Much Will I Save By Installing Solar Panels?
A: The amount of energy you consume monthly and the size of your solar energy system will determine your actual savings. A typical return on investment is usually about 15-20%. With little to zero initial investment and electricity prices increasing every year systems start paying for themselves immediately.
Q: How Much Will A System Cost?
A: The cost of installing solar panels depend on a number of variables. They are:
Your roof’s solar potential (less shade the better).
Your monthly energy usage.
Your utility’s net metering policy.
You may have already tried out an online solar calculator to find out a “ballpark” estimate. However, these tools are not often too reliable because there are many variables to consider, such as tilt, panel type, and local tree shading. We recommend getting a free site consultation. We will create a proposal showing all the costs including incentives, local environmental factors, and more.
Q: Are the Prices Going To Drop In The Near Future? Should I Wait?
A: While equipment prices will likely continue to decrease slowly, the incentives impact the final price much more. The biggest and most effective incentive is the federal solar tax credit and will decrease at the end of this year.