Solar

We are an electrical contracting firm, serving the Columbia River Watershed in both Oregon and Washington States. Our Renewable Energy/Solar Division specializes in on site power generation. Whatever your primary source of power – wind, solar, micro-hydro or methane – Hire Electric can help you put it to use. The best way to start learning about how solar can work for you is at one of our upcoming seminars.

Powering Your Future

Begin to make your renewable energy dreams come true with a site analysis from Hire Electric’s Solar Division. We can evaluate the solar and wind potential of your home or business and help put together your best option for taking advantage of the available renewable resources. Our analysis and reports offer a detailed description of system components, potential output, available incentives and an installed cost proposal.

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What People Are Saying:

“Being on the cutting edge of this technology makes us feel like we are part of the solution – a producer, not just joe consumer. It gives us hope.” G. in Lyle, WA

“This is the best investment we could make at this time. I just can’t wait to expand our system and become totally energy independent. It’s such an empowering feeling” K. in Goldendale, WA

“We wanted to make a difference” W. in Milton Freewater, OR (86 years old)

“Bob Skinner spent hours on a site inspection and went over the contract choices in detail. Since we had the work done in late December, Bob made sure to complete the paperwork for us to turn in for 2007 taxes. When Jonathan Lewis and the work crew showed up they were personable and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed their company for the two days it took. They cleaned up after themselves, labeled equipment, and explained to us how the equipment worked, including the optional computer software and hardware we purchased. I would (and have) recommended them highly. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.” BK in The Dalles, OR

New Incentives Update!

Federal Incentives

The BIG news is the Federal 30% Tax Credit with AMT (Adjusted Minimum Tax) exemption for ALL solar and small wind projects. This applies to Commercial and Residential systems. It looks like state rebate and incentive monies are no longer counted as income. In addition, there is also a new vehicle that lets businesses convert the tax credit into a grant. www.dsireusa.org

Oregon Incentives

There have been big changes to Oregon’s incentive program. The Residential Energy Tax Credit may also be on the chopping block. So get your system locked in soon. Energy Trust of Oregon’s Cash Rebate is still in place:  www.energytrust.org

Washington Incentives

Washington made solar modules are here! iTek is making solar modules and inverters in Bellingham, WA that qualify for the $.54/kWh Washington performance incentive. Hire Electric is iTek’s installer for the Columbia River Gorge, Walla Walla, Tri Cities, Yakima and everywhere in between.

We’re installing complete Washington manufactured systems for maximum incentive recovery. Battery back up and straight grid connected systems are available.

Sustainability Center 20% incentive program for Franklin, Columbia and Walla Walla Counties runs through May 2013. http://hireelectric.com/2012/solar-grant-from-sustainable-living-center/

Washington Solar Projects

The legislature added a provision to the performance incentive that allows for community solar projects. The solar array would be hosted by a government entity: school, city hall, library, etc. But it would be owned by individuals, corporations or non profits. Each owner would be eligible to receive $1.08/kwh produced by the system up to $5000 each – per year. Community Solar Slide Show.

In September 2009, Hire Electric purchased Seraphim Energy.

Recent Projects:

  • 3kw Grid Tied Solar, White Salmon, WA
  • 1.2kw Grid Tied Solar, Pasco, WA
  • 1000w Off-Grid Solar, Goldendale, WA
  • 5.4kw Grid Tied Solar Trackers, Naches, WA (outside Yakima)
  • 2.7kw Grid Tied Solar Tracker w/ Battery Back-Up, Snowden, WA (above White Salmon)
  • 4kw Off Grid UniSolar Thin Film, Joseph, OR
  • 1.8kw Grid Tied Skystream Wind Generator, Hood River, OR
  • 1.8kw Grid Tied Solar, Walla Walla, WA
  • 1.2kw Off-Grid Solar, The Dalles, OR
  • 1.8kw Grid Tied Skystream Wind Generator, High Prairie, WA (above Lyle)
  • 3.5kw Grid Tied Solar, Milton-Freewater, OR
  • 3.2kw Grid Tied Solar, Richland, WA
  • 4.6kw Grid Tied Enphase Solar, Goldendale, WA
  • 1.8kw Grid Tied Skystream Wind Generator, Naches, WA (outside Yakima)
  • 2.4kw Grid Tied Solar Tracker, Goldendale, WA
  • 2.8kw Grid Tied Solar, Kennewick, WA
  • 4.2kw Grid Tied Enphase Solar, College Place, WA (outside Walla Walla)
  • 2kw Grid Tied Solar w/ Battery Back-Up, Goldendale, WA
  • 2.5kw Grid Tied Enphase Solar, Walla Walla, WA
  • 2.3kw ARE110 Wind Turbine in Lyle, WA
  • 3.8kw Grid Tied Sharp SRS w/ PVPowered inverter, Benton City, WA
  • 3.2kw Grid Tied Sharp SRS w/ PVPowered inverter, Hood River, OR
  • 7.4kw Grid Tied Sanyo HIT w/ Enphase Micro Inverter, The Dalled, OR
  • 1.8kw Grid Tied Sharp w/ Enphase Micro Inverter, White Salmon, WA
  • 5kw Grid Tied Sanyo HIT w/ Enphase Micro Inverter, Pendleton, OR
  • 3kw Grid Tied Sanyo HIT w/ Enphase Micro Inverter, Richland, WA
  • 1.2kw Grid Tied REC w/ PVPowered inverter, White Swan, WA
  • 35kw Sanyo w/ Fronius inverter system @ Hood River Middle School
  • 6.3kw Grid Tied Sanyo w/ Enphase Inverter, BZ Corner, WA
  • 10kw Grid Tied Bergey Wind Machine, Snowden, WA
  • 127kw Grid Tie in Richland, WA for PNNL
  • 25kw Grid Tie in The Dalles, OR for Wasco County
  • 2 – 10kw Grid Tie Solar Arrays w/ Enphase Micro Inverters for Sherman County, OR
  • 5kW solar with battery back up in Goldendale, WA
  • 6kW Washington manufactured system in Lyle, WA
  • 4.7kW solar with battery back-up in West Richland, WA
  • 1.7kW solar addition to existing system in Walla Walla, WA
  • 6.75kW solar addition to existing system in White Salmon, WA
  • 6.9kW solar in Centerville, WA
  • 150kW in Christmas Valley, OR for the Oregon Military Department
  • 2.5kW solar in White Salmon, WA
  • 36kW solar in Kennewick, WA at Badger Mountain Vineyards
  • 6.3kW solar in Trout Lake, WA
  • 5kW Washington manufactured (Silicon Energy) solar in Richland, WA at Kadlec Medical Center
  • 9.5kW solar in Moro, Oregon – Sherman County RV Park
  • 5.6kW solar in High Prairie, WA
  • 4.7kW solar in West Richland, WA
  • 5kW solar in West Richland, WA
  • 3.75kW solar in Hood River, OR
  • 5kW solar in Richland, WA
  • 4.8kW solar in Hood River, OR at Lavender Orchards
  • 5.3kW solar in Moro, OR
  • 4.8kW Washington manufactured (iTek) solar in Dallesport, WA
  • 1.56kW off grid solar in Snowden, WA
  • 6.88kW solar in The Dalles, OR
  • 5.7kW solar Glenwood, WA for B-E-F Solar for Schools program
  • 4.8kW Washington manufactured (iTek) solar in Goldendale, WA
  • 2.8kW solar addition at the Hire shop in The Dalles, OR
  • 2.4kW Washington manufactured (iTek)solar in Richland, WA
  • 5.04kW solar in White Salmon, WA at the Community Laundry
  • 3.6kW solar in White Salmon, WA
  • 8.7kW solar in Goldendale, WA
  • 7.2kW Washington Made system in Pasco, WA
  • 3.8kW in Milton-Freewater, OR
  • 3.4kW in Richland, WA
  • 7.2kW in West Richland, WA
  • 9.8kW iTek with Siemens system in Pasco, WA
  • 9.6kW iTek with Siemens system in Walla Walla, WA
  • Many other projects
  • - Total systems as of November 2012: 901kW

See What Hire’s Solar Array is Producing Today

The Hire Electric 7.5kW solar array with 36 Sanyo 215 Watt solar panels and 36 Enphase Micro Inverters in The Dalles, OR.

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