Local Solar Installer in Vancouver, WA
Vancouver is one of the largest cities in Washington and one of the fastest growing. While growth increases the need of electricity, the local utility - Clark Public Utilities - is leading the transition away from dirty fuels to clean, renewable energy.
We at Sunbridge Solar are so proud to be able to assist Vancouver residents in planning, permitting, and installing their own solar energy systems at homes, farms, and businesses. We provide affordable and high quality solar systems with the goal of reducing your electricity bill, helping you embrace a sustainable lifestyle, and providing the chance to make an excellent financial investment in the burgeoning solar industry.
Is Solar Worth It In Vancouver, Washington?
Despite the generally rainy climate in the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver is actually an optimal place to implement solar energy. The long summer days mean that lots of solar energy can be harnessed during that season, and you may be able to sell excess energy back to the power grid for credits that you can use against your energy bills in the wintertime, when solar power generation is lower and energy usage is higher. Plus, our Sunbridge Solar panels are designed so that they can harness energy even from the scattered light that is generated on overcast days, so you will be getting power on the vast majority of days.
Additionally, the solar incentives provided in the Vancouver are some of the best in the country, and those grants, rebates, and federal tax credits can be a huge help in offsetting some of the initial startup costs associated with installing a solar energy system.
If you are interested in learning more about a solar energy setup can benefit you financially as well create lasting change in the environment on both a local and global scale, contact us today.
Does Solar Power Work in Vancouver, Washington?
Despite being known best for the rain, Vancouver 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 Washington 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 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.