Category Archives: Solar

Rural RE Electrification GO! Talk

Gorge Owned sponsored GO! Talks this fall in Hood River and Hire’s Jonathan Lewis gave an historical energy tour around the gorge with a pitch for a new Rural RE Electrification Act:

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Solar Installer of Washington “Day on the Hill”

Hire Electric recently joined with other solar installers of Washington to help secure a robust solar industry for our state. Last week 40 of us met in Olympia to show our representatives and the governor that we are a viable … Continue reading

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Abundance vs. Scarcity

The issues haven’t changed much since 1911’s debate over cheap electricity. Public Power vs Private Power: The reason was a difference in service philosophy. Public electric systems were intent on making electricity abundant and cheap; private companies knew that scarcity … Continue reading

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SolarBlockParty on KNDU News

Link to KNDU news story about the SolarBlockParty in West Richland, WA

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Climate Workgroup Spokane with Gov. Jay Inslee

On October 16, Governor Inslee and legislators from the Climate Workgroup will be holding a public hearing in Spokane to hear from you about climate action. Come to the hearing to show support and raise your voice for meaningful climate … Continue reading

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AC Coupling Solution for Energy Storage, Backup for Grid-Tied PV Systems

Steve Taranovich – July 24, 2013 Originally posted on edn.com GSLC175-AC AC coupled solution partners with a more advanced inverter/charger to create higher-performing backup power for existing PV systems OutBack Power Technologies, Inc. introduced the general availability of its FLEXcoupled AC coupling solution. … Continue reading

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What’s Solarize Mid-Columbia?

Solarize Mid-Columbia is a non profit organization that wants to stimulate solar installations throughout the greater Tri Cities, Washington area through a group purchase campaign. The Solarize concept began a few years ago in Portland and has since spread throughout … Continue reading

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7.2kW Washington Made Solar in Walla Walla

Solar Spring 2013. A well sighted solar array in eastern Washington of about 7.2kW will generate aproximately 9,720kWh per year. A Washington manufactured system entitles the owner to a $.54/kwh annual incentive payment with a $5,000 per year cap until 2020. … Continue reading

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Evergreen State Solar Partnership:

Watering the Seeds of Innovation Originally published by DOE on www.solar.energy.gov Seattle City council member Mike O’Brien (center) takes a hands-on approach to supporting a group purchase program through Northwest SEED Solarize Washington. Image from ESSP Communities across Washington State will soon … Continue reading

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How to read your net meter – Pacific Power

Net metering is the set of laws and standards that allow utility customers to generate their own power with wind, solar or other resources and send some of it back to the utility. The “Net Meter” is the device (usual … Continue reading

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