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The January 2012 storm caught us a little off-guard. I was in New Orleans on business and Deanne was stuck in our home in Kirkland. We could not get to our home in Olympia. The power was out according to Puget Sound Energy at our Olympia home for about 3 days….a little more or less after talking with the neighbors. The temperature was at or below freezing. Several years ago we went through a burst pipe situation that ended up with us gutting the entire house and starting over. We vowed to never deal with that again. We had our solar system installed with battery backup to solve for this scenario. We met with Bruce and Kirk and laid out our requirements. The house needed to run on solar/batteries for a minimum of 4 days without our intervention….or sunlight. Kirk and Bruce designed a system for us that has exceeded our expectations. The sunlight was enough to keep recharging the batteries…our house could have gone longer than 4 days without power. When the power is out our furnace runs, the refrigerator keeps humming, and our home remains secure. Secondarily, our system produces clean renewable energy and what we do not use we sell back to PSE.

We are very pleased with our solar power system and battery backup.

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NW Solar Energy Experts

South Sound Solar is your local renewable energy expert since 2007. We are a full service solar installer, based in Olympia, WA. We design and install residential and commercial solar hot water and solar electric in Western Washington.
Considering Solar? Talk to the experts:

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  • Founder Kirk Haffner, Master’s in Physics, is involved in every step of the process, guaranteeing a quality system that is right for you
  • Family Owned and Operated
  • Based in Olympia, we are as local as possible
  • If you are outside our area, we will recommend you to an installer near you
  • Systems are custom designed to achieve every goal and meet any budget
  • Quality Made in the US Parts
  • NABCEP Certified
  • Electrical Engineering staff to assure a properly designed system
  • We take care of all the paperwork as part of your installation
  • 1 year warranty on all work
  • Free Service call after 1st year
  • We will service any solar array, no matter who installed it, or when it was installed

 

How does it work in Washington?

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  • Washington has 30% more sunshine annually than Germany, the leading user of solar
  • Solar is more efficient in cooler climates
  • Washington has some of the best incentive programs in the country
  • Looking at the scientific data, we estimate a 1kW solar PV system will generate about 1000kWh per year
  • The average solar system will pay for itself in 5 to 10 years

 

 

 

 

INCENTIVES

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Take advantage of the Federal & State tax credits! Incentives include:

  • 30% federal income tax credit for both solar electricity and hot water.
  • Reduced Washington State sales tax
  • Increase property values and home equity
  • Accelerated depreciation for businesses
  • Earn a minimum of 15 cents per KWh produced with solar electric
  • Provides 60-70% of your annual hot water needs with solar hot water