SMA Sunny Boy inverters allow up to 1500W of back up power for when the sun is shining and the grid is down. This revolutionary new technology give homeowners added security and value from their grid tied solar array. Watch this short video to find out how it works:
To find out what items you can run with this back up receptacle you can use this handy Wattage Calculator from Consumer Reports.
Hire Electric is super excited to be part of this great campaign to solarize our community.
With support from Northwest Solar Communities, Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to Gorge homeowners in Klickitat, Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties.
GO! Solar is a community “solarize” initiative aimed at helping Columbia River Gorge homeowners overcome the barriers associated with investing in solar power. Local contractors and suppliers are working together to offer a simplified process and unbeatable prices. In addition to state, federal and local incentives, GO! Solar can reduce total project cost by up to 20%. The catch: Homeowners have to sign up for the program no later than March 30, 2015 to guarantee the bulk discounts.
“Going solar pays off in a number of ways,” says Amanda Lawrence, Gorge Owned Membership and Program Director. “It reduces your monthly utility bills, increases your home value, reduces your dependence on fossil fuel and, if done through GO! Solar, supports the local economy.”
Learn more about GO! Solar at a community launch party, Tuesday, February 3, from 6-8 pm, at Full Sail Brew Pub (506 Columbia St., Hood River). Learn about financial incentives for solar, meet the local contractors delivering the program and have your questions about solar answered by regional experts. Participants can also enjoy light appetizers and beer courtesy of Full Sail.
Gorge Owned is planning additional events in Klickitat and Wasco Counties in February. Details will be announced atwww.gorgeowned.org/programs/
What: GO! Solar Launch Party
When: Tuesday, Feb., 3, 2015, 6-8 pm
Where: Full Sail Brew Pub, 506 Columbia St., Hood River
Follow Up Meetings:
- February 10th, The Dalles, Clocktower Ales, 311 Union Street from 6pm – 7:30pm
- February 12th, White Salmon, Columbia Bank Community Room, 390 NE Tohomish St, 6pm – 7pm
- February 17th, Goldendale, Klickitat PUD Community Room, 1313 South Columbus Avenue 6pm – 7:30pm
About Gorge Owned
Gorge Owned is a 501.c.3 member-supported organization with a mission to strengthen connections between the people, natural environment and economy of the Columbia River Gorge. With more than 200 individual and business members, GO! delivers year-round programing that informs and inspires people to invest in a vibrant community, healthy environment and strong local economy. Programs include Gorge Green Drinks, Sense of Place Lecture Series, GO! Local Campaign, and Gorge Earth Day.
Learn More: GorgeOwned.org
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) February 4, 2015
Find out wether owning your solar array or leasing it is the best option for you with this handy calculator that our friends at the Institute for Local Self REliance put together. If you live in The Eastern Gorge or the Tri Cities put in Bend, OR as your city. In Oregon the state tax credit is $6,000 (none in WA). For Pacific Power in Oregon your utility rebate (Energy Trust) will be $3,750. And in WA your utility rebate (over six years) for a 5kW system will be about $6,075. If you go with WA made equipment your purchase price will go up to $5.50/watt and your state rebate will go up to $21,000 (over six years). If this is all just way too confusing then call Bob and he’ll work up a proposal for you: (541) 454-2220. And as always – be sure to consult your tax professional.