It's time to wrap up 2014. Many people think this is our slowest time of year. In fact, December is often one of the most stressful months for solar installers. Why? Because the Federal Income Tax Credit for solar energy installations dictates that a system be "placed in service" by December 31st in order to claim the 30% incentive on...

We don't encounter much Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) products out in the market place. Often times architects are drawn to the beauty of a window that can also produce electricity or shingles that function as both a roof and a PV array. The problem is that BIPV is often more expensive, less efficient, and has long-term maintenance issues. Even so, who is...

What am I thankful for? My incredible team that has decided to join me in riding the solar coaster. My beautiful wife that has supported me through every twist and turn of owning and operating a solar installation company based in Seattle. Easy access to coffee (see that out our front window? That's the Starbucks Global HQ) to fuel my work....

Here Washington is the not the only state trying to incent local manufacturing jobs. Bellingham based module manufacturer itek Energy to open a new plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Climate change may be endangering our abundant hydro-power resources. 50 percent of Seattle's hydro-power comes from glacial runoff. As glacier's are disappearing we'll need to find solutions to maintain power output in the face of...

“Is your license current? and Is it the right license for the work?” Licensing requirements change from state to state.  A quick call to the local chapter of a national solar industry organization should let you know what kind of license is valid for a contractor to be able to install solar.  You can find the contact information of your...

In our business, solar energy business, talking politics can get you into as much trouble as talking religion. The Energy Industry (including fossils) is deeply intertwined with politics. You never know just where someone leans politically. Everyone comes to install solar for their home or business for every conceivable reason. It’s one of the things that makes working in solar so fulfilling....

Earlier this year Edmonds solar advocates got together to bring a Solarize program to the South County area. Solarize is a program of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED), Snohomish PUD, and South County neighbors with the purpose of accelerating solar energy awareness and installations through a group purchase of solar electric systems at a discounted price. Participants...

This video was originally posted by the Northwest Power & Conservation Council. It's a three minute video featuring Bob Jenks, executive director of the CUB Policy Center, talking about the growing need for flexibility in the region's power system. A transcript of the video is below. Can you explain what power system flexibility is? System flexibility is really a way to use your...

According to the Energy Information Administration “about one-third of the natural gas North Dakota has produced in recent years has been flared rather than sold to customers or consumed on-site.” Meaning, that 33 percent of all of the natural gas in North Dakota is being burnt rather than collected. I’m guessing that 33 percent is not being calculated into the “efficiency”...

Edmonds Lutheran Church (ELC) and Annie’s Community Kitchen will receive a donated solar photovoltaic system to generate renewable energy for their facility if enough homes in Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace neighborhoods choose to install solar electric systems in the coming months. The free solar system serves as a community award for participation in Solarize South County, a project of Northwest...