You will be spending a decent amount of money, get more than 1 quote. I have recently seen others quote as high as $6.50/watt, the state average is now $4.56/watt I am between $2 and $3/watt. The $6.50/watt came with a poor explanation as to the energy savings and a $3,500 fee to get out of the contract. This is outragous.
Don't be rushed into buying a system.
If some Ad or salesperson says you may qualify for a free system if you live in a certain zip code or utility district, walk away, There is no free lunch or free solar system. The absolute best deal is to qualify for the Solar Within Reach with ETO, get a grant from the Or. Dept of Energy and then get a 30% federal tax credit on the rest (everyone in the US is eligible for that). With all that a solar system is still not free.
Overall there isn't much bad eqpt out there, though there are some buyer beware sales people.
The Federal tax credit is 30% of the net cost after any utility incentive, for residential systems. The Federal tax credit is not a check, it is a tax credit against your taxes. It can be carried forward if you can't use it all in one year.
My quotes figure in a 3% increase in electric rates per year, No one knows what future rates will be .
The Energy Trust incentives usually go down over time (they went up once) .
I have the lowest prices in the state due to many reasons. I buy solar panels by the truckload get very good deals on them, have little overhead, no sales costs, no advertising and an efficient crew.
If your roof needs to be replaced, do it first.If someone says you can get a 30% tax credit for replacing your roof, walk away.
If someone offers a long contract with lots of fine print, with loans that will last decades, be very cautious.
If you have a very large electric bill, check out why, it is more cost effective to optimize efficiency than installing a large solar system on an inefficient house.
With all that, solar can be a great deal.
If you have a lot of shade or are a renter, consider Community Solar. https://www.oregoncsp.org/
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Income levels for the higher grant/incentive thru ETO Solar Within Reach Program and Oregon ODOE grant program.
If your Annual Adjusted Gross Income (from your last tax return) is at or below these numbers for your household size, you get higher incentives.
If it is above these numbers there are lower incentives.
People in house ETO program ODOE
1 $62,530 $52,110
2 $81,770 $68,143
3 $101,010 $84,177
4 $120,252 $100,210
5 $139,492 $116,245
6 $158,732 $132,278
Congratulations to one of our customers!!!
Good News and who the heck knows news:
The Oregon Dept of Energy grant program with new funding from the legislature is in full swing.
Big NEWS (Ouch) Pacific Power had a 15% increase to residential rates and PGE 6% starting Jan 1, 2023. Not to be outdone, PGE is now asking for a 17% rate increase that looks like it will start 1/1/2024.
The Federal tax credit for residential customer is calculated at 30% of the (cost-utility incentive)*30%.
From the Energy Trust of Oregon.
The Inflation Reduction bill passed, the federal tax credit is now 30% from 26% that it was and stays at 30% for the next 10 years. Yah!!! This is retroactive to 1/1/2022. Non profits and governmental agencies are now eligible for a 30% incentive, this is a first!!
Check out this great website to see all the options of the Inflation Reduction Act(IRA) for efficiency and renewables.
Unfortunately the buy down of various energy efficient devices and helping to pay thru the IRA won't start until sometime spring of 2024 thru the Oregon Dept of Energy. If you need a new electrical panel for your solar system and qualify for the higher federal funds, it makes sense to sign up now, but then wait until next year to install a system, as the IRA can provide up to $4000 for a new electrical panel.
Rewiring America guidebooks
Info from the Feds on the Inflation Reduction Act
Over the last 2 years we have installed about 2,800 kw of solar with systems at Linus Pauling School in Corvallis, 8 group homes for Chamberlin House in Albany, 240 kw for two Salem non profits, a 190 kw solar system on a school in Lake Oswego and a 320 kw solar tracker system for OSU to study what plants grow between rows of solar panels on farms.
Along with that many patient homeowners who have been waiting for us.
I had a successful trip to Nepal in October 2022 to help install a solar system for a school with no electricity with www.gridalternatives.org in October and sponsored solar systems on 2 schools in Haiti.
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 38,000 solar panels (which is over 12,000 kw) in the last 12 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 systems daily so we know what is reliable over the long run.
June 15, 2023. A little money goes a long way in Haiti to bring electicity to school that had none. Please consider giving to his Go Fund Me!!
Part of my profit from every job goes to Brighten Hait and adding solar to schools in Haiti which have no electricity.
Dear Peter, Thank you so much for sponsoring the Centre de Formation Classique Isaac Newton school in Haiti. Because of you 527 students will now have electricity, computer labs and meals cooked with electricity instead of charcoal.
Imagine going to school, hungry and having no electricity. https://www.brightenhaiti.org/ Update 8/4/22 The Brighten Haiti folks turned on a solar system today at their shop and ran a blender at their office, before starting their school project. This is the first time the building has ever had electricity. It took a while to turn on as they can't go to the corner hardware store and buy a light switch that they need as most of the country has no electricity, so parts are hard to find and it is very dangerous to go to many parts of the county.
1/6/2023 Brighten Haiti won an award from PV Magazine for their work!!!
In October, I spent 2 weeks on a trip to Nepal and worked with the volunteer group www.gridalternatives.org. It was a very long way to go, but 200+ kids appreciated that they will now have electricity in their school. The last leg of the flites was about 100 feet over the terrain in a small 15 seater, the pilots in Nepal are amazing. When the stall alarm sounded, like in the movies from an upwind, it definatly gets your attention.
The electrical products we install have between 10 to 30 year warranties for materials. Our labor warranty is 7 years for replacing parts.
Over the last 12 years we have installed over 38,000 solar panels. With our very close relationship with manufacturers we have tested and installed 19 new products helping the solar industry grow and evolve.
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 are most proud to have installed more solar on schools, churches, and other non-profits in the State of Oregon then anyone else. Part of our profits help fund solar on schools in Haiti that have no electricty thru https://www.brightenhaiti.org/
Boys & Girls Clubs in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon.
Albany: YMCA, Habitat Restore, Safe Haven.
Corvallis: Grace Adult Services, Corvallis Housing, Benton Co. Law, Kalapuya. Old Mill, and Cornerstone.
Salem: Garten, Shangri La
Schools: Albany, Corvallis, Turner, Newberg, Medford, Silverton, Mt. Angel, Salem, Lake Oswego
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!! Incentives steps are filling up quicker and dropping to the next lowest rate, check out their site for incentive levels at the insider address below.
Low to moderate income folks, the ETO and Oregon Dept of Energy have a great deal for you. ETO incentives can be as high as $6.000 and the ODOE grant can be as high as $5,000.
Please click below to find out more to see the latest funding from ETO.
The Energy Trust incentives decrease over time. Here's the link so you can see the status of current ETO incentives, it updates often. The ETO incentives in my quotes are only guaranteed once we sign you up with them.
For low to moderate income folks, the ETO and Oregon Dept of Energy have a great deal for you, the ODOE grant can be as high as $5,000. For higher income earners the grant is .20/watt (i.e. $2000 for a 10 kw system).
The federal government has a tax credit of 30% of the net cost (for homeowners that is the Cost- Utility incentive ) times 30%. The ETO incentive is non taxable, the ODOE grant is.
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 in addition to the 30% tax credit on the full cost.
Non profits and Govt. agencies will be able a check from the Feds. for the 30% tax credit with the new Inflation Reduction Act once they work out the rules.
For reasonable financing, please check out this lender who specializes in solar loans or your local lender with a Heloc loan. We don't jack up the price than offer cheap financing.
I use excellent solar panels and inverters. 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 and Panasonics (they have now stopped making solar panels). They had a very good reputation and impressive output. In our little corner of the world, with basically a reasonable amount of sun and moderate electric rates, if one figures in 3% increase of electric rates per year, the difference over 25 years is about $1,800 in value. The extra cost was $6,000 up front. Personally I wouldn't do that. I buy solar panels a few hundred kw at a time, 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 more, but overall I like to do what makes the most sense.
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. They are 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 over 106 homes and are always looking for more investors to expand. Energy Wise has installed many systems for them.
Oregon Clean Power Coop is an organization also in Corvallis who funds solar for mostly 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. We installed a few projects for them including Hood River Waste Water Treatment Plant, Corvallis Old Mill Center, Benton County Kalapuya building and a few upcoming Corvallis schools.
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 for Albany YMCA, Albany and Lebanon Boys and Girls Clubs.
Click to check out how to sign up for Blue Sky!
Installing a solar system in a remote in Peru. This has allowed them to educate kids during covid an
The Solar Within Reach incentive for income qualified customers is between $6,000 (Pac Pwr) and $7,200 (PGE) . This lowers over time.
The Energy Trust residential incentive for non low income customers currently is $600 which decreases over time in Pacific Power and Portland General Electric.
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 have installed 48 projects with over 1694 kw of solar over the last few years.
We are well behind, where we want to be with our residential installs. it's hard to turn down new customers and I don't want to raise my prices. The State average is about $4.22/watt, I am typicalliy around $2.50/watt. For some reason people keep saying yes. With that in mind, new customers, please expect about a 6 month wait for your install (quotes are fast). If you don't want to wait and spend many thousands more with someone else to save $400 for waiting, well that's up to you. Like a fine wine, we are worth the wait.
We installed what was probably the largest bifacial (two sided solar modules) installation on solar trackers in the country at the time.
Participated in a solar install in Haiti at left, with continuing funding of projects for schools in the country.
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.
We are finishing up the largest Agrovoltaic solar system in the state at an OSU Ag. Farm.
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 are working with them to fund more schools in Haiti with solar.
A great oragnization that trains women from around the world to spread solar back in their communities. https://www.barefootcollege.org/solution/solar/
One of my favorite organizations. Solar Mamas come to us from around the world, taking training at regional centres to gain the confidence and knowledge that helps them to grow roots of change in their communities. Their backgrounds are vast, the landscapes bounding and local challenges unique. Their positive effects they bring home with them are just the beginning of their potential to create lasting change for women, girls and communities.
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.
Early 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, 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 and to its founders John and Brandon of Elemental Energy in Portland and Marissa its director!!
In 2019 I I installed solar in remote villages in Nicaragua with www.gridalternatives.org I helped with an install with Grid Alternatives at a school with no electricity in Nepal in October of 2022 (after waiting for 2 years for Covid to lighten up). To read about this project and to donate. https://gridalternatives.org/fighting-gender-inequality-ashok-namuna-public-school-jumla-nepal
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 installed 19 products where we were the 1st in the 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 office building and Law Enforcement Center., Cornerstone, Grace Adult Day Services, Corvallis Housing
Schools: Albany, Turner, Mt. Angel, Silverton, Newberg
Safe Haven Animal Shelter
Garten Industries and Shangri La. Non profits in Salem
George Fox University, Newberg
Oregon State University, Aurora
Lake Oswego schools
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 new very large federal tax credit under the new Inflation Reduction Act. 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.
My sister, Marcy is a extraordinary craftsperson, as well as my sister. Her company makes beautiful stuffed anmial and tapestries. She is a tapestry weaver, soft toy maker, clothing designer, Check them out!! www.peartreestudio.com Her hubby, Hans is a highly skilled craftsman who makes stain glass in geometrically correct shapes. He even has one in the Math Museum in NYC. www.glassgeometry.com
My other sister, Ricki is also an extraordinary craftsperson. Most of the home cheesemakers in the country got their start from either her books, her supplies or her classes www.cheesemaking.com
My Dad who has passed away some years ago, was the original Willy Wonka. As a mechanical engineer he designed the machines that make some of the most famous candies. Resus Peanut Butter Cups, Nestle's $100,000 bar, Mike and Ike's, Salted peanut rolls, Masons Dots and many other are made on machines he designed and his company built.
My Mom at 94 years lived Englewood, NJ where she was Mayor for 7 years. Dizzy Gillespie played at her inauguration. The Eisley Brothers grew up across the street from us, John Travolta went to High School with me. Sylvia Robinson and her family including Joey, produced the famous Rappers Delight. Their are a lot of famous people as Englewood is very close to NY and a fine place to live. If there was a major event in town politcally or in the Arts, she has been involved. My Mom died in late Dec. 2022. The Mayor had the flags flown at half mast, the Governor of NJ called to wish his condolenses, she had a great life, was very active in local politics and influenced a lot of people with the good that she did. She is missed.