We are a socially-oriented company, bringing solar power to both for-profit and non-profit customers. We believe in giving back to the community, while saving our customers as much money and energy as possible. We have installed more solar on schools, churches, and other non-profits in the State of Oregon then almost anyone else.
Energy Wise Services has a 5 star rating (out of 5) from the Energy Trust of Oregon. The owner, Peter Greenberg and his company have installed over 30,000 solar panels (which is over 9,000 kw) in the last 10 years. We are installers and also owners on the cutting edge of solar development with over 150 systems that we own in Oregon and many we have installed for others. We monitor our commercial systems daily so we know what is reliable over the long run.
The products we install have between 10 to 25 year warranties for materials. Our labor warranty is 7 years for replacing parts.
Over the last 10 years we have installed over 30,000 solar panels. With our very close relationship with manufacturers we have tested and installed 18 new products helping the solar industry grow and evolve.
If you are interested in a quote please text or email us at 541-905-2271 or email@example.com the following:
Boys and Girls Clubs. We installed 110 kw on the Albany club, then another 164 kw. We installed 100kw in Corvallis in 2014 and another 110 kw in 2021. We got the Lebanon Boys and Girls Club a grant and finished a 98 kw system there in 2021. Thanks to Blue Sky Energy Trust of Oregon and Oregon Dept of Energy!
The Energy Trust is funded by a small fee paid by the customers of Pacific Power, NW Natural and Portland General Electric. This helps pay for energy efficiency and renewable projects. This saves a lot more than it costs for the ratepayers over the long run. Check out their site for all sorts of incentives for energy savings products!!
If you have low to moderate income, the ETO has a great deal for you. For Pacific Power customers $.70/watt up to 6 kw /$4,200 (as of 11/27/21) In Portland General Electric the rate is $1.40/watt up to 6 kw or $8,400. This substantially reduces your cost and payback. Here are the guidelines. Click below to find out more. Residents includes owners and any tenants and kids. Energy Trust incentive go down over time and the Solar Within Reach program fills up fast. Here's the link so you can see the status of current ETO incentives, it updates often. Click on "Solar Incentive Status Report" when you get there.
$55,610 1 resident household $72,722 2 residents
$89,832 3 residents $106,944 4 residents
$124,056 5 residents
The Oregon Dept of Energy started up a program with grants for solar September 27, 2021, that provides up to $5,000 for homeowners and up to $30,000 for non profit low income service providers. https://www.oregon.gov/energy/Incentives/Pages/Solar-Storage-Rebate-Program.aspx
The federal government has a tax credit of 26% of the net cost (for homeowners that is the Cost- ETO incentive - ODOE grant) times 26%.
If you owe $200 in taxes and have a $100 credit, then you only owe $100.
Tax credits can also be carried forward to future years.
For business, the ETO incentive is taxed but you get to depreciate 85% of the total cost.
For reasonable financing, please check your out these lenders who specialize in solar loans or your local lender
My basic philosophy and selection of materials. I often tell people that solar panels (or modules) are a commodity and the more expensive ones are not worth the extra price. I lost a customer to a friendly competitor a year ago becuase he wanted "better" solar panels. I did an analysis of the output of a 9 kw system with standard solar panels (80% output at 25 years) and Panasonics (92% after 25 years). True enough the Panasonics have a very good reputation and impressive output. In our little corner of the world, with basically a reasonably amount of sun and reasonable electric rates, if one figures in 1% increase of electric rates per year, the difference over 25 years is about $2,000 in value. The extra cost was $6,000 up front. Personally I wouldn't do that. I buy good solar panels, typically a little under the highest wattage and have very reasonable prices. If you really want to spend a lot more, I can charge you a lot more, but overall I like to do what makes the most sense and cents.
Seeds for the Sol was founded in Corvallis by the great Julie Williams, it is a non-profit, grass-roots organization taking action to remove the financial barriers to residential solar. The neighbor-to-neighbor funding model mimics the natural cycles of planting, harvesting, and renewal, helping more people put solar on their roofs. We’re made up of concerned citizens who want to repurpose the benefits they’ve reaped from a fossil fuel economy, passing them on to the next generation in the form of renewable energy. They have helped with financing for 106 homes and are always looking for more investors to expand. Energy Wise is installing solar on 8 homes for them.
Oregon Clean Power Coop is an organization also in Corvallis who funs solar for non profits thru small local investors and larger tax equity partners. This is the first organization of its type in the country. They worked on legislation to allow regular folks to be accredited investors. They have helped fund many projects around Oregon including the solar on Corvallis H.S. We installed a few projects for them including Hood River Waste Water Treatment Plant, Corvallis Old Mill Center and a building for Benton County.
Blue Sky grants thru Pacific Power This is a voluntary funding mechanism where individuals and business pay a little extra on their Pacific Power electric bill to help fund renewable energy projects. It and the similar organization under Portland General Electric have some of the highest participation in the country. Once a year they award grants to mostly non profits. We have applied for and have been awarded a few grants, totalling over $250,000.
Click to check out how to sign up for Blue Sky! https://www.pacificpower.net/savings-energy-choices/blue-sky-renewable-energy.html
Installing a solar system in a remote in Peru,.This has allowed them to educate kids during covid.
In Pacific Power territory a 6 kw solar system which can produce around 7,100 kilowatt hours per year can cost as little as $2,131 after the Solar Within Reach incentive, ODOE upgrant and the federal tax credit.
In Portland General Electric it would cost as low as $884.
In Pacific Power territory a 6 kw solar system which can produce around 7,100 kilowatt hours per year can cost, after the standard Energy Trust incentive, ODOE grant and the federal tax credit about $7,262.
In Portland General Electric it would cost about $7,067.
Prices vary depending on the type of racking: Ground, tracker or roof.
Roof: flat, shingled, metal. Single phase or 3Ph and the voltage (208, 240 or 480v) .
We installed what was probably the largest bifacial (two sided solar modules) on a solar tracker in the country at the time, shown on the website of the module manufacturer.
Participating in a solar install in Haiti at left.
We were the first customer of Game Change Solar with their tracker in 2017, buying 1.9 MW. Since then over the last 4 years they have sold @ 16,000 MW. Looks like it caught on.
We were then the first customer of their 2 up in portrait tracker which is at Mt. Angel Middle School and doing extremly well.
In the spring we will be their first customer for their 3rd generation tracker at an OSU Ag. Farm.
I guess they must think we bring them good luck or something.
Amory Lovins and RMI have done more to advance energy efficiency and renewables than about anyone in the world. His non profit is great, I helped build their facility a few decades ago and have been a fan and supporter ever since. It's well worth reading their information on all things energy!
Annette Mills has run a great group for many years helping the Corvallis community with energy and sustainability issues. Get involed!!
This is a statewide organization that supports the professional solar industry with education, lobbying (I am on the Policy Committee) and all things that lead to advancing the industry.
I helped install a 24 kw solar system in a very remote area of Haiti in 2019 where we installed solar thru a non profit for 2 schools with about 450 kids that had no electricity. Now they have lights, fans and power. One of the participants, Kevin Keene is working on fundraising for low enegy and very cost effective Kindles for the kids to read books and lesson plans at the kids homes with no electricity.
We Care Solar is a great group that builds and provides a robust and easy to use solar electric system in a suit case used for very rural medical clinics so kids don't have to be born by kerosene light also providing power for small medical devices and communication.
Earlier in 2019 I went to Peru to bring solar also with Twende Solar to a remote mountain village that now has power, internet. With Covid locking down the village of 80 or so people from the town and schools hours down the mountain away, they can get education over the internet for the kids with the solar we installed.
Also thru Twende, the solar community in Oregon did a group build of a 100kw solar system on a womens shelter and training site in Portland.
Many thanks for the great work they do to its founders John and Brandon of Elemental Energy in Portland and Marissa its director!!
The year before I installed solar in remote villages in Nicaragua with www.gridalternatives.org
I was supposed to go to Nepal in September of 2020 to solarize a remote medical clinic but of course that got put off for a while.
One of our sites was part of a US Dept of Energy study on bifacial (two sided) thru the National Renewable Energy Labs.
We have used 18 products where we were the first in the World, Country or Oregon!
Utility scale solar is now in most parts of the country cheaper than the operating cost of coal and nuclear plant (not figuring the cost of building or the cost of the waste and pollution), with the lowest cost system at .014/kwh. That's almost what Reddy Kilowatt said decades ago incorrectly about nuclear, Energy too cheap to meter.
Albany: Boys and Girls Club , YMCA
Corvallis: Boys and Girls Club , Old Mill Center, Benton Co., Cornerstone, Grace Adult Day Services
Schools: Albany, Turner, Mt. Angel, Silverton, Newberg
Safe Haven Animal Shelter
George Fox University
Cascade Christian School, Medford
Albany Habitat for Humanity Restore
Dallas, Dundee and Hood River Waste Water Treatment
Dundee Fire Department
Tri City Water (Myrtle Creek)
Farms and Nurseries: Case Farms, Hammerich, JF Schmidt, Golden Valley,
Kauer Farms, KCK Farms, Cloud Cap Dairy, NW Onion, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
12 or so Churches
and lots of smaller projects too numerous to mention
Heat pump water heaters using the same refrigerant technolgy as a heat pump can save up to 75% of your electric hot water uses. A self install pays for itself in a few years. Available at Home Depot, Lowes and other stores. There is a $300 federal tax credit until the end of 2021 for these, the retail cost can be as low as $800. For a self install this is an extremely fast payback and a great investment. Also you get a water heater with a 10 yr. warranty instead of the typical 6 year.
The Energy Trust and Consumers Power
Consumers Power and Energy Trust which serves customers of NW Natural, Pacific Corp and Portland General Electric have many incentives to save you money and energy in your house, office, farm... check them out
One of the odder solar systems we installed using a robot to turn solar trackers.
On a mildly related note. Aptera is an amazing electric vehicle company. They will have the coolest and most efficient 3 wheeled vehicle made of composite materials (like race cars). They will offer a 250, 400, 600 or 1,000 mile range battery. www.aptera.us
With added solar panels on the hood, roof and trunk it will deliver up to about 40 miles of charge on a sunny day or about 8,000 miles a year in our corner of Oregon. This is a game changer in the transportation sector. If you are interested, you can save $30 on the refundable $100 deposit using my code. https://lz953.isrefer.com/go/preorder/GD037G21
For a video on the most efficient electric vehicle www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDMqEmUGxX4&t=2s
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