Hillsboro solar installation and battery storage
HILLSBORO, OREGON, SOLAR + STORAGE DESIGN AND INSTALLATION
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Living and working in Hillsboro, Oregon, has its perks. For starters, it’s the number one green-power community in America. That’s because Hillsboro voluntarily purchases more than 1.7 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power each year, which leads the nation, and represents 63.7% of all power purchased.
Having set its sights on 75 percent green power by 2035, Hillsboro homeowners are realizing that installing solar panels can help realize their sustainability goals. With Oregon solar incentives on the federal, state, and utility level, the cost of installing solar is now more affordable than ever.
Is solar worth it in Hillsboro, Oregon?
Solar panels in Hillsboro are a great way to reduce energy bills, add value to your home, and help the city realize its goal of 75% green power by 2035. Thanks to long summer days in the Pacific Northwest, solar panel production often exceeds a household’s energy usage. That means solar panels can eliminate your electricity bill altogether.
Additionally, both Portland General Electric and Pacific Power offer net metering programs that will credit you for your excess solar panel production. That means the power from your solar panels is never wasted.
A solar home will always use electricity from its solar energy system first, while excess energy is “banked” in the form of solar energy credits with your utility. These energy credits help reduce billable consumption in future billing periods. Most customers will accumulate energy credits in the summer months and begin using any available energy credits in the fall/winter.
Solar panels help a green-power community
Solar panels can help Hillsboro homeowners realize energy independence. That’s because installing solar panels can effectively transform a home into a miniature renewable power plant. Producing enough energy to power their home, with the potential to have energy left over. This in turn reduces a home’s dependence on fossil fuels and reduces its carbon footprint.
When considering Hillsboro solar, homeowners will have solar incentives at the federal, state, and local levels, making the cost of solar panel installation more affordable.
Cost of solar panel installation in Hillsboro?
The cost of solar panel installation in Hillsboro depends on factors that are unique to each homeowner. Designing a system that meets your energy needs and your budget requires asking a few questions. Why are you interested in installing solar? Do you want to eliminate your electricity bill, save money, reduce your carbon footprint, or maybe increase the value of your home?
The cost of solar panel installation in Hillsboro, Oregon, includes three main factors: construction characteristics of your house (roof material, height, steepness), solar equipment choices (economy, premium, or extra features), and where you live (permitting costs and available incentives).
When considering if installing solar in Hillsboro is right for you, it helps to hear from homeowners who’ve already installed solar on their homes. Here’s what some of our customers have to say…
If you’d like to speak with a homeowner directly, please feel free to ask for references. We are happy to connect you with one of our customers in the Hillsboro area!
Oregon solar incentives
When considering Hillsboro solar panel installation, homeowners will have solar incentives at the federal, state, and local levels, making the cost of solar panel installation more affordable. To maximize your return on investment, consider the following solar incentives:
- Federal solar tax credit: Congress has extended and restored the federal solar tax credit to its full, original rate. This means that homeowners and businesses who install solar and/or battery backup systems between 2022-2032 will receive a 30% tax credit. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar credit on the income tax you owe. Businesses can receive an additional 10% tax credit if they use American-made products and materials, and battery storage systems no longer need to be paired with solar to qualify for the credit.
- Energy Trust of Oregon solar incentives: The Energy Trust of Oregon offers incentives to customers of Pacific Power and Portland General Electric. Depending on the size of your system, you may be eligible to receive up to a few thousand dollars in upfront cash rebates, depending on which utility services your home. The incentive is not based on income, so everyone is eligible for the same amounts.
- Net metering: Net metering is a contract that you sign with your utility that allows you to trade your power with them at retail rates. Typically in Oregon, we produce vastly more energy than we consume during the summer and therefore build up big credits. Then during the less-sunny winter months we use the accumulated credits to reduce electricity bills.
- Increased resale value: There is evidence that homes with solar sell faster and for more money than comparable homes without. A study out of California concluded that the premium for which solar homes sell is about the same as what the homeowner paid for the system in the first place. Zillow reported a 4.1% average lift in home appreciation on homes with solar over those without. In the meantime, you’re saving money on your bill every month.
Learn more about solar financing
The cost of solar panel installation may seem pricey, but it’s actually more affordable than you think. With solar financing options provided by A&R Solar’s financial partners, most homeowners can expect low-interest solar financing options that generally offer zero-down with no fees. The only collateral on the loan is the solar equipment.
Why choose A&R Solar as your local Hillsboro solar company?
Besides being a Certified B Corporation, we’re also a Social Purpose Corporation. What does that mean? It’s a unique responsibility that emphasizes the commitment to putting the good of people and the environment ahead of short-term profits for shareholders. It means adhering to practices that minimize the ethical and environmental impacts of our day-to-day operations, while also maximizing our social impact within our business and our industry.
When choosing A&R Solar to install solar panels on your home, you’re choosing a Portland solar installation company that invests richly in their employees, communities, and the industry which we serve.
The A&R difference
You will receive our “Perfect 10 Guarantee.” A&R provides 10-year warranties on your residential system’s performance, workmanship, and labor. This is on top of manufacturers’ warranties, which are typically 25-30 years.
WE’LL BE AROUND
We’re one of the Northwest’s oldest and most trusted solar installers. A&R Solar is employee-owned and operated, and our executive team and staff live and work in our communities. With no company debt, we are here for the long haul.
Your system will be designed to take advantage of current financial incentives with an eye on the future to make sure that adding new technology (like battery storage) will be as seamless as possible.
Your solar array will have the highest quality modules, inverters, and racking materials that have been vetted by our Research & Development team, which is comprised of every department within our company.
TEAM OF EXPERTS
Your team consists of highly-trained professionals who are our full-time employees (not subcontractors or working out of remote call centers). In fact, we have more NABCEP-certified employees than any company in the Northwest.
HIGH QUALITY INSTALLATION
We never cut corners. We go above and beyond the competition to ensure the highest quality solar PV system installation. We take quality and your family’s safety seriously.
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How much solar energy does a solar panel produce?
Each solar panel is rated to produce a maximum amount of power under certain temperature and lighting conditions. To determine how much energy a solar photovoltaic (or “PV”) system can generate, you need to know the quantity and rated output of the solar panels in the system. Home solar panels usually range from 350-400 watts in rated output.
Let’s say you have a solar panel (aka “PV module”) that is rated at 400 watts and you have 30 modules installed on your roof. You would have a 12,000 watt, or 12 kilowatt (kW) PV system. This would be the maximum amount of energy that your system could produce under optimal lighting and temperature conditions, and systems typically operate around 80% of their rated capacity.
The Northwest is unique because of our long, cool summer days and short, gray winters. Because of this, your system is going to produce roughly 60% of your annual production during the summer months. Working within your budget, we’ll create a system that will overproduce in the summer and then allow you to use those net metering credits during the winter months when your system isn’t producing as much energy. For homes with large enough roofs and/or low enough energy consumption, it’s possible to produce all the energy you need from the sun on an annual basis and achieve “net zero” status.