Astoria OR Solar Panel Installation Guide

Navigate your solar energy journey in Astoria, OR, with our comprehensive 2024 guide. Learn about solar panel benefits, installation process, and incentives. Get started with a free consultation today!
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Astoria, OR Solar: Everything You Need to Know

We at Precision Solar are proud to be your local Astoria, OR solar provider. Our goal is to provide a solar installation service that is professional, affordable, and accessible to all.

We are here to support you on your solar project journey from beginning to end. In this article, we’ll share a little bit about why solar energy is a good investment in Astoria and the surrounding areas.

Solar Panels for Astoria Homes

There are three main benefits of adding solar panels to your Astoria home:

  1. you will save money on your energy bill, 
  2. your home equity will increase, and 
  3. you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by generating renewable, sustainable, emissions-free energy right at your home.
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How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels generate energy when the photons in the sun’s rays hit the surface of the panels, knocking electrons free from the particles of elements embedded within the silicon layers. This creates an electrical current that then flows through an inverter and into your home.

The inverter converts the electricity from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), which is what your home appliances, devices, and lights use. 

In Astoria, solar panels are best positioned on a south-facing, sloped portion of your home’s roof, although ground mounts and mounting racks for flat roofs can also be utilized. For a more detailed explanation, please watch the TedEd video below.

What if I produce more electricity than I can use?

It’s likely that you will produce more electricity than you can use during the long sunny summer days in Astoria. Fortunately, you can ‘sell’ this excess energy to your utility grid and receive credits on your account as a compensation. 

These credits can then be used against your bill during the winter months when your solar energy production is lower and energy consumption needs are higher.

How long do solar panels last?

Most solar panels are designed to last between 25 and 30 years. Minimal maintenance is required – generally just an annual inspection and cleaning. The average payback period in Oregon is 10.32 years, which means that you will have saved as much on your energy bills in that time period as you initially spent on installing the system. 

After that, you have recouped your entire initial investment and can continue to enjoy free or very low-cost energy for another 15 to 20 years. 

Often, those who install home solar energy systems save more than an average of $17,000 over a 20-year span.

Are there any solar incentives in Astoria, OR?

Yes! – Astoria, OR has some of the best solar incentives in the country. The local and state incentives can be combined with federal offers like the solar investment tax credit to drastically reduce the upfront cost of installing a solar energy system.

Read More: Oregon Solar Incentives

Solar Panels for Businesses

If you own a business, you can take advantage of solar energy’s commercial pricing and incentives. Solar energy systems for businesses are quite similar to home systems except that they are larger in scale. 

Business owners often maximize their solar production potential by mounting solar panels on the roof of the business as well as on any available carports or shade structures.

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How does solar help my bottom line?

Solar energy helps your bottom line first and foremost by nearly eliminating or greatly reducing your energy costs and thereby diminishing your overhead costs significantly. Adding solar power will not only save you money immediately, it will also help you hedge against electricity rate hikes and inflation for the entire life span of the panels. 

Solar energy can also make your business eligible for some very advantageous tax breaks and other financial incentives.

Additionally, the addition of solar energy at your business can help draw in new customers who prioritize renewable energy sources and environmental stewardship. Solar energy is a very visible commitment to these values and it might just earn you more sales.

Home Battery Backup

We offer more than just solar panels at Precision Solar – we also offer home battery backup systems. These systems have two main benefits, which are providing power during grid outages and helping you save money by avoiding high time-of-use rates.

Energy security during an outage can be critical if you or a loved one depend on an electronic medical device for your health and safety.

It can also make the difference between having to throw out an entire fridge full of groceries and being able to safely preserve your food.

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How do time-of-use (TOU) rates work?

Some utility companies vary the cost of electricity throughout the day based on how many people are using energy at a given time. 

In practice, this often means that grid electricity is cheap during the day and more expensive during the evening hours – up to three times more expensive in some cases.

A battery backup system allows you to store your free solar energy or stock up on electricity when the rates are lowest, and then use the stored energy during peak times to avoid paying those inflated rates.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Having an electric vehicle charging station at your home makes it so much more practical to own an EV, since you don’t have to drive out of your way, spend time waiting for your car to charge up, and pay for each charge. 

At Precision Solar, we offer both Level 1 and Level 2 EV charging stations that can be used in conjunction with your solar energy system and battery backup system.

Work With a Local Astoria Solar Company

Contact us today to get started on your solar energy project with a free consultation and no-cost project quote from our experts at Precision Solar!

Save Even More by Upgrading Other Systems

Bundle our services and save even more on both service costs as well as on your energy costs. When you upgrade your heating and cooling systems, have your ducts professionally cleaned, or take advantage of any of our other upgrade services, it helps your home use energy more efficiently, which translates to less money than you have to spend on electricity.

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