Home of the 10th Best Residential Solar + Storage Installer in the Nation!

Thank you for believing in our mission to bring clean energy to the PNW! Together we are stewarding an equitable future that provides for our communities and the environment. We’ve installed 2,284 kW of solar and 3,280.5 kWh of battery storage capacity in 2021; we look forward to improving our process and bringing the renewable energy revolution to your home and business for many years!

Interactive Home Energy Management System

We are excited to announce the release of our new interactive home! We aim to educate and set expectations for how solar, battery, and EV charging equipment goes in your home. The configurations in our interactive feature follow what we typically see for homes going solar only or solar + battery. Final product placement and orientations may vary depending on your existing electrical infrastructure, space, and purchased products. Check it out and learn about all the pieces that will help you achieve energy independence through a home energy management system!

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Roof Type

We can install solar on composite shingles and flat and metal roofs. If you need to replace your roof, why not do it with a solar roof!

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Solar Panels

We use black framed panels with black back sheets to provide a sleek and uniform array that looks great and generates heaps of energy year-round! Check out our current offer on our Products page.

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Computers/Electronics

Manage your home energy systems via mobile apps or on your computer through browser-based monitoring apps

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Lights

Power your lights and home loads sustainably and for free with solar during the day and by batteries at night 

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Racking

Racking is the equipment used to install solar panels on your roof. Depending on the roof type, there may be different attachment methods to secure the panels to the roof. Typical clearance between the panel and roof is 4-5 inches.

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Rooftop Penetration

Connecting the solar array with the equipment on the side of the house may require penetration. The penetration is usually through the overhang or eave of the roof; if no eave is present, the conduit is bent to subtly connect the solar panels with the equipment on the side of the house. 

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Water Source

The code requires a three-foot setback from all water sources when installing equipment on the side of the home. 

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Backup Gateway

It is the brains of your battery energy storage system. You can connect solar and other home loads into the internal breaker board in the BUG. It can also serve as the service disconnect to adhere to code. 

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Meter

It is what the utility uses to track how much electricity you use. When you install solar, the utility will swap your meter with a bi-directional meter that reads the energy you send out to the grid, which is critical for receiving credits for the excess energy you produce. 

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Electrical Conduit

The conduit is surface mounted on the roof and side of the house. To run a hidden conduit through the attic and frame of the house will require more planning and costs, but it is an option that we are happy to explore with you. 

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Gas Main

Require a three-foot setback for all solar and electrical equipment to adhere to code. 

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Racking

Racking is the equipment used to install solar panels on your roof. Depending on the roof type, there may be different attachment methods to secure the panels to the roof. Typical clearance between the panel and roof is 4-5 inches.

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Rooftop Penetration

Connecting the solar array with the equipment on the side of the house may require penetration. The penetration is usually through the overhang or eave of the roof; if no eave is present, the conduit is bent to subtly connect the solar panels with the equipment on the side of the house. 

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Water Source

The code requires a three-foot setback from all water sources when installing equipment on the side of the home. 

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Inverter

Both micro and string inverters will have equipment on the side of the house which connects all the arrays installed on the property. This equipment can serve as a disconnect and will connect to your electrical panel if adequate electrical capacity allows. Inverters are necessary to turn the DC energy from the solar panels into AC energy that your home can use! 

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System Disconnect

It is a piece of equipment meant to shut down the system as a safety measure rapidly. A disconnect safely connects to your electrical equipment via a line side tap when electrical panels don’t have enough electrical space for a back feed breaker. 

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Meter

It is what the utility uses to track how much electricity you use. When you install solar, the utility will swap your meter with a bi-directional meter that reads the energy you send out to the grid, which is critical for receiving credits for the excess energy you produce. 

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Electrical Conduit

The conduit is surface mounted on the roof and side of the house. To run a hidden conduit through the attic and frame of the house will require more planning and costs, but it is an option that we are happy to explore with you. 

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Gas Main

Require a three-foot setback for all solar and electrical equipment to adhere to code. 

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Electrical Conduit

It is surface mounted in the garage unless a hidden conduit run is requested. Hidden conduit means penetrating through the walls and removing sheetrock to accommodate a safe installation.

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Battery Backup

Do you mean to use your solar panels during a grid outage? Off-grid solar usage is only allowed if you have a battery backup to send excess energy. Depending on the manufacturer, Batteries can be wall mounted or mounted on the ground. 

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Inverter

If the inverter is inside the garage, there is still the requirement of a service disconnect on the outside. Both micro and string inverters will have equipment at the ground level which connects all the arrays installed on the property.  The utility or emergency responders must be able to shut the energy systems down quickly. Inverters are necessary to turn the DC energy from the solar panels into AC energy that your home can use! 

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Backup Gateway

It is the brains of your battery energy storage system. You can connect solar and other home loads into the internal breaker board in the BUG. It can also serve as the service disconnect to adhere to code, but if it’s installed inside the garage, we must install a disconnect outside.

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Electrical Panel

It is the electrical equipment in each building that energizes all of the loads. Both solar and battery equipment interconnect with your electrical panel via a back feed breaker of a line side tap. SPAN smart panels allow you to maximize you control over your energy usage and can increase your battery capacity by 40% through load management software at the tip of your fingers!

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EV Charger

Connect to your electrical panel and charge your EV. You can install a NEMA 14-50 outlet for an adaptable charging method or hardwire your EV charger for the most reliable, weather-tight, and fastest charging experience. 

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Electrical Conduit

It is surface mounted in the garage unless a hidden conduit run is requested. Hidden conduit means penetrating through the walls and removing sheetrock to accommodate a safe installation.

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Inverter

If the inverter is inside the garage, there is still the requirement of a service disconnect on the outside. Both micro and string inverters will have equipment at the ground level which connects all the arrays installed on the property.  The utility or emergency responders must be able to shut the energy systems down quickly. Inverters are necessary to turn the DC energy from the solar panels into AC energy that your home can use! 

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Electrical Panel

It is the electrical equipment in each building that energizes all of the loads. Both solar and battery equipment interconnect with your electrical panel via a back feed breaker of a line side tap. SPAN smart panels allow you to maximize you control over your energy usage and can increase your battery capacity by 40% through load management software at the tip of your fingers!

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EV Charger

Connect to your electrical panel and charge your EV. You can install a NEMA 14-50 outlet for an adaptable charging method or hardwire your EV charger for the most reliable, weather-tight, and fastest charging experience. 

Introducing Tesla Solar Roof

Northwest Electric and Solar as an established Tesla Solar subcontractor, is now offering the newest home solar solution from Tesla, the highly anticipated Solar Roof.

Tesla Solar Roof allows roofing and solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment to blend into one seamless experience, offering all the benefits of traditional PV modules without sacrificing aesthetics. We are partnered with State Roofing to deliver this sublime solar solution to your home today.


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Incentives for Going Green

Until the end of 2022, a federal income tax credit is available for 26% of the total cost of purchase and installation (including sales tax) of a solar photovoltaic system, providing the owner has sufficient tax liability. This tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in taxes owed and can be used by individuals or businesses. Consult your tax adviser to learn how this tax policy affects you.