Category Archives: Solar

Way Back OutBack

We installed this OutBack Power System in 2006 at an off grid “cabin”. Eight years later it is still running strong. Just back to get the cabin ready for full time retirement living. Hooked them up to the grid and … Continue reading

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Marine Training Center Goes Solar – Yakima

This summer Hire Electric worked with Industrial Service and Electric out of Yakima to put in a 33kW ground mount solar array at the new Marine Reserves Training Facility outside of Selah, Washington. SolarWorld 255 Mono Solar Modules with AE … Continue reading

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USDA REAP Grant gets new life

Rural Energy Assistance for FY 2014 Since it was first authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill–and now reauthorized for another five years with dedicated funding through the Agricultural Act of 2014–the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) has helped thousands of businesses, … Continue reading

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Solar Open House April 6, 2014 in Kennewick

Join us at one of our happy Solarize Mid Columbia customer’s homes in Kennewick, WA on Sunday the 6th of April from 2 to 6pm. Find out more about the Washington incentive for solar and see Washington made iTek panels … Continue reading

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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 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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