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New Washington Solar Production Incentive NewSolar Cash Incentive Pays You Big You could earn cash from your local utility for the solar power you create for them with this new solar cash incentive, covering up to 80% of your solar system cost. If you live in...read more
Washington State that can still take full advantage of the Washington production incentives. Itek Energy, a Bellingham based solar module manufacturer is now producing high quality 280 watt panels that…read more
Is Solar A Good Financial Choice?5 Steps to Determining Your Investment Potential Just because you can solar does not necessarily mean that you should go solar. You must consider these 5 factors to see if going solar will make sense from a financial standpoint for...read more
Oregon Solar Jobs Bill - RETC The $6,000 Residential Energy Tax Credit will expire at the end of 207 Solar Bills Pass The First Hurdle Unanimously It’s been a great week for solar in Oregon’s capital! On Monday the House Environment and Energy Committee unanimously...read more
USDA Solar REAP Grant Qualifications? Solar Grants for Rural Business In Oregon And Washington If you own a small business, you may qualify for USDA solar grant money. You'll be able to cover up to 25% of the cost. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant is...read more
Oregon's New Solar Energy Development Program And Incentive Solar Energy Development Program Explained Business Oregon approved 15 utility-scale solar energy development projects to enroll in the new Solar Development Incentive program, created in the 2016...read more
Does My Roof Work For Solar Panels? The Key Is Your Location Most people will choose to place solar panels on the roof of their home or garage. While this is the norm, it is also feasible to place solar panels on outbuildings or barns. In fact, structures not meant...read more
Does Solar Energy Work The Winter Months? In The Old Days People used to think of solar energy as impossible in rainy Western Washington and Oregon. But thanks to a clever legal policy called “net metering,” Washington is one of the best locations in the country for...read more
Oregon Solar Tax Credits Currently Available Solar Tax Credits Combining Oregon solar tax credits with other incentives and benefits, you can cover 80% of the upfront costs associated with a brand new solar energy system. The Oregon tax credits available to you are:...read more
Berry Best Farm Was Awarded ~$16,000 From the USDA Washington REAP
This week we are taking some time to showcase some of the final numbers that our clients here at Sunbridge have experienced when going solar with us here in Washington.
With current incentives, an investment in solar energy delivers…read more
While solar power works extremely well in both Washington State and the State of Oregon, it’s important to understand that there can be some risk to your home involved. Deciding who to trust in a complex, jargon-filled industry…read more
Most reliable solar energy professionals carry a certification called “NABCEP” certification. NABCEP stands for North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals. NABCEP is…read more
This New Solar Home Value Tool Is A Game Changer Will Solar Add Value to Your Home in Washington? We recently launched a new research project aimed at making sense of a solar home value study done in California. Getting attention with a 2011 study, done by Lawrence...read more
Solar energy is an investment that can deliver a significant return, especially for agricultural producers and other…read more
What Is the Federal Solar Tax Credit? Federal Government Supports Solar The US Government offers an immediate federal solar tax credit that you can remove directly from your tax bill at the end of the year. This credit is worth a full 30% of the total, installed solar...read more
Is Solar Panel Financing Is Now Mainstream? Why Lenders Finance Solar Power Solar has proven itself to be a powerful investment that can add tangible value to your home. Over time, banks and other lenders have carefully analyzed the long-term effects of going solar,...read more
What Is the Cost of Solar Panels? Cost of Solar Panels In Oregon And Washington Traditionally, solar panel companies have been unwilling to provide any pricing information online because these variables can so strongly affect the cost of switching to solar energy....read more
A Solar Lease Can Complicate Home Sales Consider The Complications First Whether you lease solar panels or own them, there is a trade-off to consider. Both will simplify something that the other will not. Solar ownership simplifies home sales in the future and has...read more
Solar Leases Vs Owning Your Own Solar Panels4 Major Investment Differences Between Leasing and Owning Your Solar Panels Solar panel leases have made the dream of going solar available to more homeowners than ever before. But when is a solar lease the right choice to...read more
The number one barrier we have found for many Washington homeowners interested in solar power is upfront cost.
There is no doubt that going solar is a serious investment. Financial Incentives are excellent and return a strong ROI…read more
According to this article from the National Association of Realtors, a study out of California demonstrated an average resale value increase of…read more
Is The Cost of Solar An Investment Barrier? Reduced Prices And Solar Financing The cost of solar energy here in Oregon is no longer a barrier to those who wish to make a solar investment. Lower solar panel costs, lower installation prices and mainstream financing...read more
Do Solar Panels Add Home Value In Oregon? It’s Official: Solar Panels Add Value To Your Home The Energy Trust of Oregon has conclusively demonstrated the addition of significant home appraisal value on solar homes. In this landmark study, the Energy Trust of Oregon...read more
Depending on the density of the cloud cover, the panels continue to produce at about 10-25% of their rated capacity. One interesting fact is…read more
Do Solar Panels Work In Rainy Oregon?Solar Panels Do Work in Rainy Oregon We’ve all seen solar panel systems going up here in the rainy western part of Oregon, but how do you know that solar energy actually works as advertised? Renewable energy appears to be going...read more
DIY Versus Professionally Installed Solar Panels Could I Save Money By Installing DIY Solar Panels Myself? It seems that all of us here in Oregon and Washington have a friend that is convinced that they can install DIY solar panels and save money upfront. That’s...read more
Are Agricultural Solar Panels A Good Investment What Can Solar Learn From A Dairy Farmer I was looking around online yesterday when I came across this surprising story about the investments of Millionaire Dairy Farmer. It was a quick, clear set of investing pointers,...read more
Yesterday, I Announced Some New Content on the Common Mistakes People Make About Going Solar
This new content was sparked by a conversation I had with an intelligent —but misinformed —friend of mine.
One topic that arises…read more
Do Solar Panels Affect Firefighters' Ability To Protect My Home We Get This Question A Lot Will solar panels prevent firefighters from doing their job during a fire? We get this question a lot. Not too far back in the past, firefighters may see solar panel systems...read more
This is one of the most common questions that we hear and often times there are misconceptions about just how much energy your residential solar system will produce. A good place to start for any home or business owner is with…read more
5 Things To Avoid When Considering Solar Panels5 Home Solar Panel Installation Errors to Avoid With the solar industry expanding at an unprecedented rate, there is a great deal of flexibility in how you choose to go solar. However, you will have a much more positive...read more
The Federal Solar Tax Credit for Businesses (also called the ITC) is available to any business that installs a solar energy system before….read more
Quality, solar equipment is covered by a 25 – 30 year warranty. On question you will face is how long will my solar investment last?read more
Unlike many states (like Oregon and California), there is no specific exemption for property tax increases on your home or business when you install solar panels in Washington state.
However, the situation is far from catastrophic
Washington does carry…read more
It’s true that to know exactly how things will turn out for your solar installation, you will need to consult a trustworthy professional.
However, you can do a solid job of building a “best guess” on your own. You may…read more
Solar Installations Are Depreciated Using the 5-Year MACRS Scale
In our previous article, we described the basic method for calculating the…read more
Washington state provides a powerful set of incentives that make it nearly ideal for going solar. There are 5 main incentives or benefits to consider, and when combined, most home and…read more
How to Calculate the MACRS Depreciation Benefit of Going Solar
The value of the MACRS Depreciation benefit can be challenging to consider without the guidance of a professional accountant.
We strongly recommend that our prospective clients…read more
unbridge Customer John Polos Talks About Going Solar With Sunbridge
We are excited to announce that our happy customer John Polos was featured on the front page of the Battle Ground Reflector this week. You can see him in…read more
Independent Research for the Pacific Northwest
Last year, we began publishing information here at Sunbridge about an exciting, 2011 Lawrence Livermore Laboratories study out of California that demonstrated a significant increase in home resale values for…read more
Is Solar a Worthy Winter Investment?
Yes It Can Be. Here Are 3 Reasons Solar in the Winter, Works!
1.) Cooler is Better
Solar panels actually work more efficiently in cooler winter temperatures…read more
Solar Powered Irrigation System For Farmers A Solar Powered Solution For Farmers As part of a final capstone project for a Renewable Energy Technology Degree at Clackamas Community College, Sunbridge Solar designed and built a prototype solar powered irrigation system...read more
This NE Portland residential solar array was installed on August 11, 2010. The customer was successfully enrolled in the Solar Payment Option Pilot program through Pacific Power. Since the customer will be receiving production based payments for the 15 year contract period it…read more
In Oregon, in order to receive the rebate from the Energy Trust a system must have a 75% solar resource. This is known as the TSRF or Total Solar Resource Fraction. Solar arrays lose efficiency due to losses…read more
Many of our prospective clients come from the Yakima valley which boasts 4.86 average sun hours per day. This solar resource is well above the national average. In other words, there is plenty of sun to make solar feasible in Washington…read more