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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.


Does solar work in the Northwest?

Yes, absolutely. We have 70% of the sun that Germany, the leading user of solar does. We have some of the best incentives in the country, and solar panels are actually more efficient in cooler climates. Thousands of homes and business have solar installed, saving them money. Check out our Facebook to see some of the local installs and read what solar owners in your neighborhood have to say!

How long will it take for my system to pay me back?

Anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Solar systems will last 30 to 50 years. Your system will pay for itself many times over.

How much does a system cost?

System cost varies from home to home but we provide a free site assessment to show you cost. You can also call and we are happy to go over estimated costs with you.

What size of a system do I need?

Solar Photovoltaic Systems are sized based on energy goals and budget. You can find the information for what system size you need on your energy bill.

Why is South Sound Solar, Inc. the local choice for solar?

We are experienced, professional and have the best value for your solar installation. We install solar because we know it works, and don’t sell systems we can’t fully guarantee. Kirk Haffner, our president and lead engineer, has a Master’s Degree is Physics, giving us the knowledge to really look at the science of solar, not the sales.

Will solar increase my property value?

Yes. Several National studies show that properties with solar sell for more, proportional to the value of the system, and sell faster!

Can I get financing for my solar system?

The best financing option is to talk with your bank or credit union about a home equity loan or line of credit. If yours does not offer a program that works for you, we are happy to recommend you to a local lender.

How long will my system last?

Solar systems last 30 to 50 years. Our president have 30 year old Solar Hot Water and Electric Systems on their home, still working just fine.

Can I sell electricity back to the utility?

Yes, if you have a grid tied system, you get paid for everything you produce, and a credit for what you don’t use.

Is it better to wait for new technology?

Do not wait! Everyday that passes, you lose incentive payments and pay increasing rates for electricity. The technology is mature, there are no major advances on the horizon.

Does my roof material Matter?

Yes, but solar can be mounted to any roof, or ground or pole mounted. Our solar specialists will advice you of the best mounting options.

What if I need a new roof?

South Sound Solar works with several local contractors. If you will be needing a new roof soon, do it with the install, our contractors will warranty our mounts with the new roof.

Who takes care of the permits and paperwork?

We do. Our full service install includes consultation, design, installation, and all paperwork, including net metering with the utility.

What maintenance is required?

Depending on location, the panels do need to be cleaned every 1-5 years, and hot water systems need a flush about every 5 years, both of which are services we provide.

What incentives are in place for solar?

There is a 30% federal tax credit, production incentives and net metering. To learn more check out

Why are South Sound Solar systems so affordable?

We are an experienced, local business. We use local suppliers, install US made panels, and keep our marketing local. We believe in offering value at a fair price, so that everyone can afford to go green.

What happens when the power grid goes down?

Your grid tied system shuts down for safety, and comes right back on when the utility power returns. There are battery back up systems, which switch you off grid when the power goes out automatically, your lights won’t even flicker. They are more expensive, and we only recommend them if you experience frequent power outages.

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