Local Solar Installer in Washougal, WA
A small town in the Columbia River Gorge, Washougal is historically significant as the “crossroads to discovery,” having been traversed by famous explorers Merriwether Lewis and William Clark in the early 1800s. We at Sunbridge Solar are proud to be at the forefront of the newly burgeoning solar energy industry, and our goal is to provide affordable, high quality solar energy systems for Washougal residents, whether it be for your farm, home, or business.
Our topnotch solar energy systems are designed to help you embrace a sustainable, green energy lifestyle, reduce your electricity bill throughout the year, and provide the opportunity for an investment in the solar industry as well as the future of our planet.
Is Solar Worth It In Washougal, Washington?
It certainly is! Although Washougal receives on average about 84 inches of rain over 171 days per year, the long and dry summer days provide a wealth of solar energy, and our Sunbridge Solar panels are designed to collect even the scattered light that comes through on overcast days, meaning that throughout the year, your panels will be harvesting solar energy.
Any excess energy that is harvested during the summer months can potentially be sold back to the energy grid in exchange for energy credits that you can put towards your electricity bill in winter, when your solar energy production is down and energy usage is up.
You may also be able to apply for solar energy incentives like grants or rebates that can help offset the setup costs of a solar energy system. To learn more about how a solar energy set up can help you financially and allow you to contribute to a healthier environment on both a local and global level, contact us today.
Does Solar Power Work in Washougal, Washington?
Despite being known best for the rain, Washougal’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 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.