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Your install is exceeding my expectations. You may remember that we have a timer on the water heater. At present, the timer connects the tank elements to the grid for a couple of hours in the evening. We took a chance the other day and turned the timer off. The next day was fairly sunny. Ambient temp never got above about 40 deg. The loop ran for about 3 hours, taking the tank from 60 degrees at the lower probe up to about 110 degrees, which is the same temp that the AC elements achieve. I’m a little bit nervous about what’s gonna happen in August. We might have to put some shadecloth over the panel!


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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.
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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?


  • 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






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