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. That’s 7 years x $5,000 = $35,000. Not bad.
So what does Hire Electric charge for installing a fully Washington made, 7.2kW solar array using iTek solar modules, Blue Frog micro inverters and a top of the line racking system? About $42,500.
In year one of your investment you get a 30% federal tax CREDIT of $12,750. If you live in Walla Walla, Columbia or Franklin Counties you can also get a 20% cash incentive of $8,500. You’re also offsetting $970 of your electric bill (money you don’t have to pay to the power company). As you can see from doing a little quick math – this is a no-brainer. Total payback is 3 to 5 years depending on the sighting of the array, and close to a 10% modified internal rate of return. There’s also a 100% sales tax exemption that runs through June 2013. Yes, we are VERY busy.
The home in this photo has a westerly orientation and many beautiful trees in the yard and neighbor’s property. The actual production from this site is calculated at closer to 7,400kWh. Hire Electric does a detailed site analysis so that our production numbers are not guesses based on average system size but accurate, scientifically founded, monthly production projections using local weather and irradiance data; roof angle and orientation; and a shade report. This sets realistic expectations for our prospective customers and ensures a quality project from start to finish. If your solar installer is not providing a shade and site analysis as the basis of their design then you need to start questioning their design from start to finish. A well designed system is meant to be there making power for you for 25 years. Make sure it starts off on the right foot.
Thursday, March 22 • 6:30 p.m.
1101 North Columbia Center Boulevard, Kennewick, WA
(509) 783-0611 · redlion.rdln.com
Free Solar Seminar!
Last years seminars were a great success with about 20 people each time excited to learn about the new Washington State incentive programs. Our next seminar will be at a NEW Tri Cities location on the 22nd of March – the Red Lion Columbia Center in Kennewick.
Bob Skinner and Jonathan Lewis of Hire Electric will cover the basics of going solar in today’s economy, the Washington State incentive program, Washington manufactured inverters and solar panels, community solar options, federal tax credits, electric vehicle charging coupled with solar and much more! Munchies provided. Bring lots of questions.
Please RSVP here: hireelectric.com/rsvp/
We worked with Apollo Solutions Group to install a 5kW, Washington-made solar array with Silicon Energy solar panels and 2 – 2.5kW Energy Ball V200’s at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA. The project was completed in December 2011. Here are some photos:
We deployed a DECK Monitoring site so Kadlec Medical Center can keep track of the solar and wind production of this system.