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Fill out our free estimate form below to start your solar journey! We provide free estimates and consultations on your solar solution. Washington State has great incentives that allow you to save money now and in the future by owning a solar energy system.
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Fill out our detailed form by clicking the button below and selecting the Solar option. You will be able to provide more details regarding your roof, utility, upload photos and provide comments on why you want to go solar!
Save 30% Off Your Solar Energy System Cost
Through the Inflation Reduction Act, homeowners and businesses that go solar can take 30% off the final contract price as a tax credit. Plus, all solar energy systems in Washington State are tax-exempt!
Prevent increased bills by generating your electricity with solar energy! Washington State’s Net-Metering incentive allows you to credit excess solar energy with your utility bill. This means you can store excess energy during the summer as a credit and use it during the winter for year-round savings! Net-Metering credits reset every year on the 1st of April. Get your system installed before summer to maximize your savings!
We are installing solar energy systems all over Washington because we believe in helping fellow Washingtonians take energy into their own hands. From the Olympic Peninsula to the Island Counties and over the Cascades, we’ve installed in all major metropolitan areas; fill out a Free Estimate form today to find out what solar energy system is right for you! If you want to provide more details in your Free Estimate Form Request, follow the link below to our detailed form submission page.
Go solar with traditional panels or with solar roof tiles! We are a Certified Tesla Solar Roof Installer and are excited to offer this two-in-one product for Washington residents. Do you need to replace your roof and add solar to your home? With a solar roof, you can do both and have a rooftop that generates energy and cuts down electricity bills.
Does solar really work in Washington – isn’t it too cloudy here?
Solar works in all parts of Washington. Anytime there is daylight, the photovoltaic (PV) panels will produce electricity with more power produced on sunny days than on cloudy ones. Because we experience very long hours of daylight and sunny weather in summer, power output in July is about six times greater than in December. And Net Metering (one for one credit of KWH) allows excess electricity from summer sunshine to be “banked” to reduce subsequent electric bills. Rain and snow help keep the modules clean for less maintenance and higher production. Solar systems operate more efficiently in our cooler temperatures than the warmer temps of places like Arizona.
What is the right size solar system for me?
When designing a residential or commercial solar system for you in Washington State, we look at several key factors. First is usable roof space. We take into account setbacks required by law, stay away from shaded areas, and avoid chimneys and skylights. Second, we design the system so that the array’s electrical output per year does not significantly exceed your annual electricity usage, determined from your electricity bill. The third is your budget.
We design options to be both affordable and cost-effective over the long haul. We partner with credit unions that offer a zero-down low-interest solar loan. Each module is approximately 66” by 40” and takes up about 20 square feet, so about 800 square feet of roof space is needed for a 40-module array.
We measure system size in KW (kilowatts). Each solar panel has a wattage rating. Multiply the panel’s number of watts by the total number of panels to get the system size [example: If each solar panel is 300 watts, then a 40 module array is a 12 KW or 1200 watt size solar system]. Whether your project is residential or a large commercial operation, our electricians in Washington State will tailor the size to meet your goals.
What factors affect the power output of a solar system?
The following factors determine the power output of each solar panel in the system.
Azimuth – describes whether the roof faces south, east, or west. South or southwest is best. We measure azimuth in degrees with 180 degrees as due south, and east is 90 degrees, west is 270 degrees.
Tilt – denotes the pitch or angle of the roof.
Location – the longitude and latitude determine average weather, affecting typical solar resources over an average year.
Shading – we measure how much the solar resource is affected by trees, buildings, wires, etc., that shade the roof.
Wattage – each solar panel is flash tested at the factory to determine the nameplate rating in watts. In general, most of the panels we install today are in the range of 395 to 420 watts each for 60 cell panels.
With these inputs, sophisticated software extrapolates the annual output in kWh for an average year for your specific site.
What happens when there is a power outage?
During a power outage, the solar energy system automatically shuts down unless you have battery backup—a required safety feature to protect utility workers working on the power lines.
A solar energy system is not a source of backup power. A grid-tied solar energy system requires the presence of the grid or battery energy storage system to function during a power outage.
I’m not sure how long I will live here. What happens if I want to sell my house a few years after I go solar?
First, your house will be more appealing to a buyer because solar will always have a lower electric bill than a comparable house without solar. Second, if you are receiving a Washington State RESIP Production Incentive, those payments will go to the subsequent owner – they will need to register with the WSU Energy Program. Payments will have the same end date as if you kept the house. The new owner will benefit from Net Metering. You will already have received the federal income tax credit, so you’ve already earned back that portion of your upfront cost. Last, if you received a loan to pay for solar, you need to pay off the loan. A solar array adds more value to your home than it costs. The best thing to do is to leave the solar on the house rather than try to take it with you.
Do you offer a referral program if I send friends to you?
We offer a referral program for residential solar systems in Washington State. It is $100 per kW, up to $500. So, if you refer a friend and they buy a 7kW system from us, we will give you $500.
Can you help with financing?
Yes. We recommend working directly with a statewide credit union. Contact the experts at PSCCU (Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union) for any residential or commercial project. You can fill out the loan application online. Our Washington State team of electricians will provide you with all the technical details about the system. Upon your approval, they can send your down payment directly to us. Secure online signatures are part of our online processing.
What maintenance is required for solar?
One of the best things about a solar array is its low maintenance. Please, check out our blog on maintaining your solar panel equipment for more details. When you go solar with us, we will provide instructions in your Owners Manual (soft brush and water work best). We strongly recommend annual cleaning near the end of pollen season, usually in May, when you notice green sticky pollen on the surface, depending on how well the rain has cleaned your panels. You want your system to perform best during the sunny summer months. Use your online monitoring system to see the power output of each meeting to make sure there are no problems. NWES offers an annual maintenance package for $1000/year in which we will come out to your place twice a year to clean the solar panels and inspect the system, or we can clean your modules “a la carte.” Just contact us to schedule this service with our maintenance team.
Reviews from Our Solar Customers
Ian and his crew at NW Electric and Solar were fantastic. They designed a solar system for my new house. They worked with my builder to make sure there were no visible wires after the house was done. The install took a couple of days and went really smoothly.
I had NWES install solar panels on a building three years ago, then a second building last year. Their design, installation and customer service was great and their prices competitive. It is hard to give a better endorsement than to ask a company to do a second project.
Team was awesome and helped me from choosing the right array, through installation, and checking up afterwards. They worked with me on a new build to hide all the conduit and placing the inverter in the ideal spot. They also walked me through the app to monitor solar production. Will be working with them again soon to add a battery to the house
NWES gave me amazing customer service, multiple estimates for my house, accurate estimate on solar production, fair pricing, installation exactly as described, sort after install, etc. and the best part – in the first year, I BEAT their energy production prediction! I recommend that you get a free quote from them and have them do a drone flyby. You can trust what they tell you.
We used NWES to install solar panels on our roof, and they did an amazing job! They were incredibly communicative throughout the whole process, and they were fast to send us a proposal along with photos and information we needed to submit for our HOA. The guys who did the install did a fantastic job – they placed the panels really nicely, they explained how everything worked, and clearly laid out a timeline so that we didn’t encounter anything unexpected. During the process, a City inspector came out and raved about how great these guys are – which really made us feel even more confident about their work. We’ve had the panels installed for a few weeks now, and no issues at all. We even had a few follow up questions and they were quick to respond. Awesome customer service!
Had them install 12kw of rooftop solar. Team was very professional and incredibly responsive. Install went quickly and without incident. Passed inspection quickly. They even corrected the one small issue I had same day. Would highly recommend them for future solar installs.