Cut Your Lighting Costs Up to 75%

LED Lighting Puts Your Business in a Better Light

Light emitting diodes, LEDs, can cut lighting energy costs up to 75 percent

New LED replacement bulbs are an excellent way to enhance lighting quality while substantially cutting operating costs. Businesses such as retail, grocery stores and hospitality can replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs for excellent color rendition and ability to direct high-quality light on products and services. Because LEDs use up to 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs, they deliver substantial energy cost savings for any business with lights that are on for extended periods. LED bulbs are built to last between 25,000 and 50,000 hours compared to just 1,000 to 2,000 hours for incandescent bulbs. This means significant maintenance savings in any application where lights are difficult to replace or maintain.

Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives for LEDs

Energy Trust offers cash incentives for ENERGY STAR® certified LED replacement bulbs. Our cash incentives range from $15 to $25 per bulb, depending on the wattage, making LED lighting a highly cost-effective upgrade for many businesses. For other applications, Energy Trust offers $30 per ENERGY STAR certified recessed downlight.

LEDs offer your business:

  • High-quality light and color. LEDs achieve full brightness instantly. They are available in cool, neutral and warm color temperatures.
  • Operating savings. LEDs save up to 75 percent on lighting energy.
  • Reduced maintenance. LEDs last up to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs and fives times longer than compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Cooling savings. LEDs produce very little heat, potentially cutting air-conditioning costs.
  • Durability. ENERGY STAR certified LEDs come with a minimum three-year warranty.

LEDs can be an excellent option in a wide range of applications, including:

  1. Track-head lighting used in retail.
  2. Recessed can or downlights used in restaurants, hospitality, office corridors and hospitals.

Energy Trust’s experienced trade ally contractors offer turnkey service

Upgrades to commercial lighting systems are often the first step for businesses seeking to reduce energy use and manage energy as a variable cost. Your lighting contractor can calculate your estimated incentive as part of their bid. To be eligible for incentives, Energy Trust must pre-approve all lighting projects. Pre- and post-installation verifications may be conducted. For a complete list of qualified trade allies, visit

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Pacific Power territory incentive rates Increase

Solar Electric Incentive Rates INCREASE for Business and Customer-Owned systems in Pacific Power territory, effective 10/15/2015
Start Date
Incentive Rate
Project Maximum
Pacific Power Residential
Step 3
Customer-Owned: $0.75/watt
Third Party-Owned: $0.65/watt


Start Date
Incentive Rate
Project Maximum
Annual Customer Cap

Pacific Power Business
Step 3

0-15 kW: $1.00/watt
16-300 kW: $1.00-$0.40/watt*

Pacific Power Business
>300 kW

300-750 kW: $0.40/W

H2E Solar Mounting System by Willpower Electric, LLC

H2E can withstand your harshest environment.

H2E can speed your solar install.
The H2E is designed to support solar arrays in Harsh to Extreme environments.

Model 1 will support up to 5 kw with 10' ground clearance for deep snow, withstand 130mph wind and 50 psf snow load.

Designed to meet or exceed any module load ratings. Stable 4 point earth contact and hot dip galvanizing assure that this rack will stay put for 30+ years.

Each H2E is engineered and designed per unique job and requirement. Wet stamped PE drawings are furnished to assist in your building permit process.

Provide us your site's GPS coordinates, wind and snow loading, and desired array size and tilt.

We provide installation instructions, foundation plans, anchor bolts, stamped drawings, complete steel fabrication, galvanizing, and shipping fob Portland, Oregon USA. Installation available.

Winter Battery Blues

We received a call from an off-grid customer yesterday who is suffering from severe winter battery malnutrition! No matter what kind of system you have, a few simple steps will help you get through winter comfortably.

1. Check your water! Don't overfill, 1/4" below the filler neck is fine.
2. Review your monitor operation. It's amazing how many people forget to look at their emeter or trimetric, review the functions and understand them. Now's the time before the rains and fog come.
3. Double check your string input volts and current to make sure the system is still operating within normal specs.
4. Check out your generator and fuel supply.

Without a doubt, thrift is an admirable quality, but feeding your batteries well is your best investment! Your solar charge will not likely keep up with demand, but don't be tempted to only run your generator to put back enough kilowatt hours to get by. All batteries should be fully charged once a week and flooded batteries equalized once a month. Yes, you'll need to run your generator, but if you follow your battery manufacturer's instructions for bulk charge voltage and absorb time, and don't let your SOC fall below 50%, you'll acheive long, happy lifetimes on that expensive battery bank.
(Efficiency tip: If you have a washing machine, do your laundry during the end of bulk charge and absorption cycle when the charge current is low and you have extra kw headroom on your gennie.)

If you need help doing a thorough maintenance and checkout of your system, feel free to give us a call. Have tools, meters and water, will travel!

Technology in charge controllers, inverter/chargers and auto gen starts has made leaps in the past 10 years. If you're considering upgrades, let us help you make choices that are right for your system and budget.