In 2015 we had the great privilege to work with Schneider Electric on a campus wide solar project at Walla Walla Community College. We installed a 48kW single axis tracking system, a 36kW solar carport and an 89kW ballasted roof mount system using SolarWorld solar modules and Schneider Electric CL inverters throughout. Here’s the video:
Putting solar on a customer’s roof is very rewarding for all of us at Hire Electric. We get to watch the meter go backward, we get the phone calls from happy customers when they get a credit rather than a bill from the power company, and we have the satisfaction of knowing we are making a positive impact for our world and our customer’s bottom line.
One frustration over the years has been those challenging homes and businesses that have a beautiful solar array but no good angle from the ground to get a proper photo of the system. If only we could get a little higher…
We recently invested in a DJI Phantom Pro Quadcopter with a 4k camera. This baby can put us in the birds eye view. Check out Hire’s YouTube channel and subscribe to see more videos to come.
2015 was our busiest year so far with 760kW worth of installations. Here’s a slide show highlighting some of that work (and some old jobs thrown in just for fun).
Our major accomplishments of 2015 were the community college projects with Schneider Electric: a 175kW tracker, flat roof mount and carport at Walla Walla Community College and a 100kW roof mount at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA. We also started the 123kW solar carports at Tamastslikt in Pendleton and did MANY Washington Made itek residential system. In Oregon and utilities in Washington that have tapped out their incentive allocation we installed many SolarWorld systems.
2016 is starting off with a bang with a 100kW chicken coop in Milton-Freewater, OR and a 25kW hardware store in Arlington, OR; and promises to be equally rewarding for Hire and the whole solar industry in the Northwest. Things are up in the air with the Washington legislature and Washington’s solar incentive program but hopefully that will be decided in short order during the special session.