Learn about solar panel installs in Kirkland

Considering solar panels in Kirkland?

Kirkland is growing, and the electricity demand will increase as more homes are built and EVs hit the road. Homeowners like you can save money, improve the grid’s reliability, and ensure our Kirkland air and water is cleaner by going solar! With rebates and tax credits from the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, you can electrify your home now and save. Start your home improvement project by partnering with us because we care about your home and family’s health and financial well-being. The most important part about going solar in Kirkland is understanding who you are working with, why they are installing solar, and if they are here to support you throughout your solar energy systems’ entire lifetime.

Installing solar panels in Kirkland

Going solar in Kirkland follows the same process as you would in any other city in Washington, with a request for a free estimate! One of our solar technicians will reach out and ask some preliminary questions to define your goals for going solar. You can also use this time to ask clarifying questions about the products we use, timeline, and installation details and learn more about our team and us. Then you’ll receive a preliminary proposal with a solar design, the cost of the system, production numbers, and a return on investment chart for cash and loan options.

The Solar Installation Process

Request a Free Estimate

Receive preliminary proposal

Finalize design to meet goals

Sign contract and pay 10% deposit, trigger review process

Complete site assessment and review process

Pay 60% remaining balance to schedule installation

Install solar, pass inspection, and pay final 30% of remaining balance

Puget Sound Energy greenlights permission to operate

Incentives for installing solar panels in Kirkland

The city of Kirkland currently does not have incentives that directly affect solar. However, the State of Washington sales tax exemption on solar energy systems applies to installations done in Seattle. Also, all residential solar panel systems qualify for the 30% Federal Tax Credit! The link below provides details of solar incentives, both local and national.

The solar permit process in Kirkland

When installing solar panels in Kirkland, we will register and pay for the permits with Kirkland’s permitting department through MyBuildingPermit. We ensure that the solar panels we install on your home pass inspection and have an application for interconnection with Puget Sound Energy

Net Metering with Puget Sound Energy in Kirkland

Puget Sound Energy offers all of its residential and commercial Kirkland customers the opportunity to use solar energy to reduce their electricity bills. With Net Metering, you can also reduce your carbon footprint and still be connected to PSE’s grid to ensure you always have electricity. Any excess energy is credited to your bill. Whenever your solar energy system isn’t producing, such as on cloudy days or at night, you can use those credits you’ve accumulated so you don’t have to pay for the electricity! If you offset your monthly usage completely, you will still need to pay the fixed charges, such as transmission fees.

PSE and Solar Power

All solar energy systems installed in Washington that connect to the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) grid require an Interconnection Agreement. With a net meter, PSE will credit the electricity you don’t consume and send it back to the grid. The credit registers each kWh of electricity at the retail rate, which can be used to lower your future bills. Like other Washington State utilities, the credits you accrue over the year reset on April 1st.

How much do solar panel cost in Kirkland?

Residential rooftop solar system costs can vary depending on many factors. The size of the system and the number of solar panels installed on different roof sections adds materials and labor costs. At the same time, the roof’s pitch, the type of roof, and accessibility will also be factored into the final price.

From low to high energy users or a 5kW to 12kW system, the cost can range between $16,500 to $38,000 for the entire system, permit, material, labor, and warranty.

Kirkland Solar Companies

Northwest Electric and Solar is your one-stop shop for renewable AND Electrical solutions. We are a fully certified commercial and residential electrical company specializing in renewable energy upgrades. Kirkland residents have been a massive part of our business over the last 13 years, whether installing lights, appliances outlets, and EV chargers. We are happy to provide turnkey solutions for home electrification. Installing solar panels occurs on the roof, but it’s an electrician’s job to ensure it’s connected safely and effectively so you can enjoy energy savings for over three decades. The bottom line is that we’re here to stay as Kirkland’s go-to contractor for solar and electrical projects. Start your project today with NWES!

FAQ's for going solar in Kirkland

  • Does solar work in Kirkland?

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    Yes! 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.

  • What is the average specific production of solar in Kirkland?

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    Specific production is a measure of the efficiency of your system based on solar irradiance, tilt and orientation of your panels to the sun, and the system’s efficiency. On average, the residential buildings in Seattle can expect their solar energy systems to produce 947 kWh per kW installed. This is due to weather patterns west of the Cascade mountain range, old and complex roof shapes, and dense tree coverage across the city.

  • What happens when there is a power outage in Kirkland?

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    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 in Seattle. 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.

  • Do I need a battery backup system in Kirkland?

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    Battery backup systems are only needed if you experience frequent power outages and want a backup technology that pairs with solar. You cannot get a return on investment for battery backup systems because there is no Time-of-Use rate for electricity in Washington that would allow you to charge the batteries at a cheaper rate of the day and use the stored energy during the more expensive rate of the day.

  • Can I charge my plug-in electric vehicle from solar in Kirkland?

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    Solar energy produced from your solar panels provides energy for all loads in your home. Charging your EV at home is like powering a load such as a TV or electric stove top. The electricity flowing through your home may be from the grid or your solar panels; if it’s during a sunny, cool day and your panels produce power, there’s a good chance your EV is being charged by the energy you create. If it’s in the afternoon or night, that energy charging your car comes from the grid. Excess power generated during the day is credited to the utility, which then is used at night, so you are still offsetting the usage you’d otherwise be paying for by having solar panels.

  • I’m not sure how long I will live in Kirkland. What happens if I want to sell my house a few years after I go solar?

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    Your house in Kirkland will appeal more to buyers because solar will always have a lower electric bill than a comparable house without solar. The new owner will benefit from Net Metering. You will already have received the federal income tax credit and 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.

  • Is there enough sunlight in Kirkland for solar?

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    Short answer, Yes! Although it rains and is overcast most of the year, solar in Kirkland work for several important reasons. First, we have long summer days, allowing Washington’s solar panel owners to maximize their energy production and credit their bill through the Net Metering incentive. As we build the credit during the long summer days, savings last throughout the darker winter months. Lastly, the solar access in Washington is greater than that of Germany, which in the 1970s led the EU in solar panel installations and boasts of being the first European nation to adopt solar regardless of its average solar access.

  • Are the winter months too dark for solar in Kirkland?

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    It depends on the home’s location and orientation towards the south since, in the Winter, the sun’s angle is sharper, thus lower on the horizon, which will cause more shading. The situation surrounding homes will also impact the amount of shade on the roof due to trees, hills, or larger buildings. If your house resides in an open space with no surrounding trees or buildings, you can expect to produce solar energy throughout the Winter!

Find your Kirkland solar panel solution today!

Going solar is a big investment; partnering with the right company can make this process easy and exciting.  Our job at NWES, beyond providing our services, is to educate on how these technologies work and why we are installing them. The bottom line is that partnering with NWES means partnering with a company of fellow Washingtonians on a mission to Electrify Washington!

You can start your process today commitment-free and at no cost with our Free Estimate!