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At Sunbridge, we spend a lot of time researching and writing about solar to help you decide if going solar is a good fit for you. You know your unique circumstances and we believe that educated customers make great choices for themselves, their families and their communities. Take your time and reach out to us with any of questions you may have.

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Is Solar A Good Financial Choice?

Is Solar A Good Financial Choice? Just because you can solar does not necessarily mean that you should go solar. You must consider a number of factors to see if going solar will make sense from a financial standpoint. You can always go solar to help reduce the burning...

2017 Humanitarian Solar Projects in Colombia

Sunbridge Goes To Colombia and the Amazon Sunbridge Solar Lands in Colombia This February Sunbridge Solar packed their bags and headed for a once in a lifetime trip to Colombia and the Amazon to work on two different solar projects. Before leaving, even contemplating...

Does Solar Work The Winter Months?

In the old days... People used to think of solar 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 considering solar power. So what changed? About...

Oregon Solar Tax Credits

Did You Know? Did you know there are 64 solar contractors in the state of Oregon? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t, I never knew so many companies existed in the Pacific Northwest either. That’s a lot of competition which drives the price of...

USDA Solar Grant Case Study | Berry Best Farm

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…

3 Solar Energy Risks That Could Pose to Your Home

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…

How to Select a Solar Contractor

Most reliable solar energy professionals carry a certification called “NABCEP” certification. NABCEP stands for North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals. NABCEP is…

New Washington Solar Home Value Tool May Change the Game

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 Livermore National Laboratories, homes that...

Colombia + Amazon Solar Projects

Our 2017's humanitarian solar projects On February 19th, Sunbridge Solar traveled to Colombia and to the Amazon and worked on two humanitarian solar projects alongside our Colombian partners Solosolar. The first humanitarian solar installation was installed on a rural...

What is the Federal Solar Tax Credit?

Introduction to the federal solar tax credit Last time, we discussed your roof and whether you would be physically able to go solar at your site. Now we move on to the financial side of the equation and begin to discuss incentives for solar power. For many homeowners,...

Solar Financing Is Now Mainstream

Why Lenders Finance Solar Power It used to be that going solar required a large, upfront cash investment. However, things have changed. For many folks, the costs of going solar can become extremely manageable when modern financing opportunities are explored. Solar has...

Can I sell my home after I install solar panels?

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 been shown to add value to your home. There...

Are Solar Panel Prices Going Down?

Understanding the Question Whether or not the cost of solar panels are going up or down is a bit like asking, “Is it going to rain next week?”  We can do lots of research and have a decent amount of certainty regarding the likelihood that it will rain tomorrow, but...

Solar Leases vs. Owning Your Own Solar Panels

4 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 make? In this article, we will lay out the...

2016 International Solar Projects

Using Knowledge Exchanges to bring International Projects to Portland 2016 was a year where we brought the international projects to Portland instead of going abroad. Our commitment remains to work on one international project every year. This year we sponsored our...

Finally! Inexpensive Solar Financing for Washington

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…

Is the Cost of Solar an Investment Barrier in Oregon?

The Cost of Solar is No Longer an Investment Barrier in Oregon 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 options (at rates as...

Does 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 independently assessed 23 separate properties, finding...

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 mainstream, but with all the rain it can...

How Much Power Do Solar Panels Produce in the Pacific Northwest?

How We Estimate Your Solar Energy Production When we estimate your solar energy potential by visiting your home or business and performing a site evaluation.  We will check your exact potential using a solar energy production window measuring device, called a Suneye....

DIY Solar Panels vs Professionally Installed Solar Panels

Could I Save Money by Installing DIY Solar Panels Myself? It's possible 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 possible, but there are significant...

What Can A Solar Company Learn from a Dairy Farmer?

Agricultural Solar Panels Have The Potential 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, but it was also a really great story that...

Solar Energy and Your Electric Bill

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…

Don’t Do These 5 Things When You Go Solar!

5 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 solar experience if you avoid the following 5...

Our New Office, Nepal!

Sunbridge Solar is Excited to Announce After a dream and a lot of hard work, we have established a sister-company with our good friends in Nepal. Using the same name, Sunbridge Solar Nepal is the brainchild of Jordan Weisman and Jeevan Baidya. The idea started back in...

Our Humanitarian Solar Partner in Nepal

Our Good Friend and Humanitarian Solar Partner, Jeevan Jeevan Baidya was born and raised in Nepal. He grew up in Bhaktapur, about eight miles east of the capital city of Katmandu. Bhaktapur literally translates to Place of devotees. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa,...

3 Ethical Questions To Consider Before Going Solar

That’s a bold title, isn’t it?

If you are considering a solar investment, then you may already be feeling overwhelmed with the details. I know I feel that way sometimes; and I’ve been researching…

Introduction to MACRS Solar Depreciation

“Depreciation” is the loss of value that occurs over time when an object is purchased for a specific use. As a business owner, you are eligible to deduct this “loss…

Property Taxes and Solar Power in Washington State

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…

Assessing Your Own Rooftop Before Solar

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…

Sunbridge Empowers Local Public School

Sunbridge Solar Uses SolarWorld Panels to Empower a Local, Public School in Oregon City

We are excited to announce the completion of our 2014 expansion of our local, humanitarian project!

Residential Solar Incentives in Washington

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…

MACRS Solar Depreciation Details

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…

Does Solar Add Value to Your Home?

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…

Does Solar Work in Winter?

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…

Bayalpata Hospital Solar Project Update

From the founder of Sunbridge Solar, Jordan Weisman… In October of 2012, I had the privilege of going to Nepal to visit the 9 kW solar energy system that Sunbridge helped to make a reality. Located in far Western Nepal’s Achham district, this hospital treats about...

Solar Powered Rain Water Harvested Irrigation

As part of a final capstone project for a Renewable Energy Technology Degree at Clackamas Community College, Sunbridge Solar designed and built a solar powered rain water harvesting system.  This particular system uses a one cell solar module to power a pump that is...

The Community Solar Movement

Community Solar is a concept that has broad appeal, after all, who doesn’t like the words “community” and “solar”? There have been a variety of approaches…

Portland Residential Solar Panel Production: One Year Later

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…

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