Bill B. Chehalis, Washington
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!
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!
Anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Solar systems will last 30 to 50 years. Your system will pay for itself many times over.
Systems start at $4999.00 and go up from there, depending on the size and choice of components.
Solar Hot Water Systems are professionally sized and installed to meet your family needs. Solar Photovoltaic Systems are sized based on energy goals and budget.
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.
Yes. Several National studies show that properties with solar sell for more, proportional to the value of the system, and sell faster!
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.
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.
Yes, if you have a grid tied system, you get paid for everything you produce, and a credit for what you don’t use.
Both work just fine in the Pacific Northwest. South Sound Solar prefers flat panels because of better performance and lower costs.
Thin film panels are much less efficient and much more expensive than standard crystalline solar panels.
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.
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.
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.
We do. Our full service install includes consultation, design, installation, and all paperwork, including net metering with the utility.
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.
There is a 30% federal tax credit, production incentives and net metering. Plus, no sales tax on electric systems. To learn more check out http://www.dsireusa.org/
Both are great options in the northwest, many homes have both. When we do a site survey, we can advice which would be best for your unique needs and budget.
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.
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.