Hire Electric recently completed a 20kW solar array on the roof of the hardware and liquor store in Arlington, Oregon.
The project uses 72 – SolarWorld 285 watt solar panels that are manufactured in Hillsboro, Oregon. These panels are mounted to the flat roof using a Unirac RM, ballasted mounting system. The solar energy is converted to grid synchronous AC by 72 – Enphase Micro Inverters. These inverters allow the energy to be utilized in the building or by the local utility (after running the meter backwards and gaining a credit). Enphase also has a monitoring system that shows solar production online – here. The 20kW solar array is designed to offset 61% of the building’s annual electricity needs. Arlington Hardware is both heated and cooled with electricity.
The project was funded in part by a USDA, Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant. These grants are competitive by state and administered through the Oregon USDA office. Hire Electric assisted the owners of Arlington Hardware with the technical aspects of their grant application.
Another incentive came from Energy Trust of Oregon’s Cash Incentive program. Energy Trust is currently funding commercial project with the following programs:
- Solar Feasibility—Up to $1,700 in incentives to determine the solar potential of your project.
- Solar Ready Design—Up to $15,000 in incentives to build to Energy Trust solar ready standards if you can’t install solar panels at the time of construction.
- Solar Installation—Up to $150,000 in incentives to install a solar electric system.
Energy Trust incentives go to home owners and businesses in the Pacific Power and Portland General Electric service territories. Hire Electric is a Trade Ally of Energy Trust and we help walk our customers through this process.
Hire and Arlington Hardware hope to do a ribbon cutting and informational open house for the new solar array some time in November.
Residential solar in Arlington is also becoming very popular. Hire installed one residential system in 2015 and we are currently working on three new systems. Lower prices for solar panels and equipment combined with attractive incentives make solar a good investment for homeowners right now. Combine that with Arlington’s sunshine and you have a very successful combination.
Find out how Hire Electric and the Energy Trust of Oregon can help put solar to work for your home or business in rural Oregon.
Sunday, August 7th, 2016 from 2pm to 5pm, at 30 Shane Drive, Arlington, Oregon.
Bob Skinner and Jonathan Lewis of Hire’s Solar Division will be on hand to answer questions and show you how solar can make a difference on your monthly electric bill.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 541-296-5574.
This is a great time to learn about solar. It’s never been cheaper AND all of the incentives are still in place. Energy Trust of Oregon has a great cash incentive. Oregon Dept of Energy has a Residential Energy Tax Credit of up to $6,000 (this is on the state chopping block so it may not last long). The Federal 30% tax credit has been extended through 2020. The Hire Solar team can help walk you through all of these incentives and put together an energy system that gives you maximum return on your investment.
From WA L&I “Electrical Currents” May 2015 Newsletter:
Note From the Chief – Solar Photovoltaic Rules Delayed
After extensive research into product availability, and feedback from
stakeholders, in accordance with National Electrical Code® (NEC®) 90.4, I
have made the decision to extend the delay in implementation of three
requirements for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems until July 1, 2016. The
three requirements are 690.11 Arc-Fault Circuit Protection (Direct Current),
690.12 Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings, and 705.12(D)(6) Wire
Harness and Exposed Cable Arc-Fault Protection. Oregon has a similar delay
in implementation of these rules. This approach will ensure that the
products currently under development to meet these requirements will be
certified by an accredited product testing laboratory as meeting appropriate
electrical product safety standards. Enforcement of these requirements will
begin July 1, 2016. Due to the delay in implementation of 690.12 Rapid
Shutdown requirements, the 2011 NEC® 690.31(E)(1) requirement to route
Direct-Current PV source and output circuits at least 10 inches below roof
decking or sheathing when installed inside a building will be enforced until
the Rapid Shutdown requirement takes effect on July 1, 2016.
This ruling is a sigh of relief. Whenever new technology is implemented to solve a perceived problem the first few month (years) of implementation can be very painful as the technology struggles to provide a real wold solution. This ruling by Washington State will allow the industry to catch up technically with the code and hopefully come out with a reliable, cost effective solution in the mean time.