October 15, 2015

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.

October 12, 2015

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.

September 24, 2015

September 16, 2015

Free Wattsmart Workshop

Learn to make your energy savings grow.
Sign up for a free Be wattsmart workshop.

Please join us for a free workshop to get on the path to greater energy efficiency and lower electric bills.

Where: Inn at the Commons, Medford
When: September 15, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
To register, go to pacificpower.net/bewattsmart.

At the free workshop, you will:
  • Hear about no-cost/low-cost ways to save energy
  • Learn about the different types of heating and cooling equipment, which are the most energy efficient and why
  • See a demonstration of a water heater and its components, and learn how a leaky water heater can be a costly energy waste
  • Discover the difference between incandescent, CFL and LED lighting
  • Learn about cash incentives for home energy improvements
Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. Sign up to reserve your spot today at pacificpower.net/bewattsmart.


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