Frequent Questions

Do I have good solar access?

If you have direct, unshaded sun from 9am to 3pm, chances are you have good solar access. Take a compass and stand looking south. Look over your left shoulder and turn your head to the right looking for trees or other objects that may provide shading. Here in Southern Oregon, at 42 degrees latitude, the sun is lowest in December at about 27 degrees at noon. This is your low angle for potential shading.

Will my appliances run on solar power?

A grid-tied solar system produces electricity that goes directly into your electrical panel. Everything in your house will operate happily on ‘green electrons’ produced by your solar system. Sometimes your solar power system will produce more electricity than you are using. This will cause your meter to ‘run backwards’. The rest of the time, such as night when the solar system is not producing power, the meter is running forward, buying power from the utility.

Roof Mounted Solar

When the grid is down, will I still have power from solar?

No. A grid tied system must have utility power to run the inverter. If reliable power is an issue where you live, we would be happy to design and install a backup system for you that will provide power for the basics, such as refrigeration, lighting, and well by adding a battery bank and generator. This system will make use of the solar power generated during an outage. The generator only runs when the batteries require a full charge, or the demand is more than the solar and battery can supply.

How much does it cost?

Every system is individually designed for each customer. Each customer has different design criteria: cost, production, square footage of solar resource, percentage of power bill they wish to offset. All of these factors balance differently for each customer. Energy Trust of Oregon will pay up to $5000.00 in incentives per residential property, the Oregon Residential Energy Tax credit caps out at $6000.00. The Federal Personal Renewable Tax Credit is 30% of the customers out of pocket cost of the system with no cap.