Warrenton, OR Solar Panel Installation Guide

Unlock solar benefits for your Warrenton home or business. Explore 2024 incentives, installation tips, and free solar quotes.
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Is Solar Worth It In Warrenton?

At Precision Solar, we offer solar panel installation services for homes and businesses in Warrenton, Oregon, and the surrounding area including as far as Longview, Washington. 

Our team of experts strives to provide affordable and professional service while using the most reliable and highest quality equipment available. We will gladly support you throughout the entire solar installation process, from concept to fruition.

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Installing Solar Panels

Adding a solar energy system to your home has many benefits – it saves you money on energy costs, significantly reduces your carbon footprint, and increases your home’s value. You will have a renewable, sustainable, and emissions-free energy source right at your fingertips.

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How Do Solar Panels Work?

Your solar panels will most likely be installed on your roof, ideally on a pitched, south-facing portion of it. Then, photons in the sun’s rays hit the panels, releasing electrons from elements embedded in the silicon which creates an electrical charge. This direct current (DC) electricity then flows to an inverter where it is turned into alternating current (AC) electricity, which can be used by your household appliances, lights, and so forth.

What If I Generate More Electricity than I Use?

Fortunately, Oregon has some of the best net metering policies in the country, so if your panels produce more electricity than you can use at any given time, you can essentially sell that excess to your local utility grid.

You will be compensated with credit on your utility account which you can then apply against your bill in months where your energy usage exceeds your solar energy production. This is called Net Energy Metering for Washington State.

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How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

On average, a solar energy system has a lifespan of about 25 to 30 years and requires only minimal maintenance. Once you have saved as much money on your electrical bills as you paid for the solar energy system, you have recouped your investment and will then benefit from free or very inexpensive energy for the remainder of the panels’ lifespan.

In the state of Oregon, this payback period is on average 10.32 years, so you can enjoy low-cost energy for another 15-20 years after the solar energy system pays itself off.

Oregon also has some of the best state and local solar incentives in the country. By combining these with federal incentives like the 30% Investment Tax Credit, you can often cut the cost of installing a solar energy system nearly in half.

Solar Panels for Businesses in Warrenton, OR

Solar energy systems are also an excellent choice for business owners. These systems are quite similar to residential systems, but often much larger in scale. Even for businesses with limited roof space, solar energy can be implemented using ground-mounted panels or by adding panels to carports or shade structures.

How Does Solar Help My Bottom Line?

A properly sized solar energy system can virtually eliminate your business’s energy bills, which in some cases is a big chunk of your overhead costs. 

A solar panel installation will start saving you money immediately on your energy bill and will also insulate you from future utility rate hikes and inflation. Plus, your business may then be eligible to take advantage of tax breaks and other incentives for going green.

Solar energy is particularly effective for businesses that operate only during daylight hours since that is when your panels will be producing the most energy. However, thanks to Oregon’s net metering policy, a solar energy system can help your bottom line even if your business operates 24/7 or only at night.

Battery Backup in Warrenton, OR

At Precision Solar, we also offer home battery backup systems that can be installed in conjunction with your solar energy system.

There are two main benefits to battery backup systems:

  1. they provide power even during grid outages and they save you money by allowing you to avoid time-of-use rates or demand charges from your utility company.
  2. Battery backup systems can provide energy security during grid outages, which could be critical if you or a loved one depends on electricity to power medical devices.

While most battery backup systems are meant only to store enough power to tide you over for several hours, it can be the difference between having to throw out all the food in your refrigerator after every grid outage and having enough power to ride it out.

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How Does Time-of-Use (TOU) Rates Work?

Time-of-use (TOU) rates work by varying the price of energy based on how many people are using electricity at the time. So, for instance, during the day while most people are at work or school, the rates will be low.

In the evening when it’s dark but most people are still awake and have lights on, TVs on, dishwashers and air conditioners running, etc., then energy costs could be as much as three times higher than the base rate. Demand charges may be assessed similarly based on peak hours or by how much total energy you use throughout the month.

In either case, a battery backup system allows you to stash away energy that is cheap (from the grid at off-peak times) or free (from your solar panels) and then use it during peak hours rather than paying inflated prices for grid energy.

Install an EV Charging Stations

Owning an electric vehicle is really only practical if you have a charging station at home. We offer both Level 1 and Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) that can be installed right at your home. Level 1 EVSEs use standard 120V plugs and add 2-5 miles of range per hour of charge time while Level 2 EVSEs use special 240V plugs and add 10-60 miles of range per hour of charge time.

Save Even More by Upgrading Other Systems

We also offer other energy efficiency services, such as heating system upgrades (including ductless heat pumps) and duct cleaning. By maximizing the efficiency of all of these systems, you will save even more money on your energy bills. 

Free Consultation and Solar Quote

Request a free quote at Precision Solar or call us at 503-861-1687 today to get started with your solar energy project. We’ll answer your questions and let you know what to expect when switching to solar.

If you decide to move forward, we’ll come out to your property and do a solar analysis to collect some site information (e.g., sun data, shading, structure integrity, etc). After running the numbers, we’ll show you what we found in order for you to make an informed decision. 

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