Does Solar Work in the Northwest?

Yes! Solar Power Works Great In The Northwest! 

Although higher latitudes receive fewer annual hours of sunlight, solar panels operate at greater efficiency in cooler climates making solar in Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma, Bainbridge, Bellevue, Redmond, Everett and beyond excellent places for solar.  In addition, the Northwest has long summer days with many months of high solar hours.  Although the Northwest does have long, overcast winters, solar makes a lot of sense because it still works on cloudy days.  Even in areas that have long, rainy winters like Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area, solar power is still a very attractive solution to today’s energy problems.  Even though it might not seem like it during the winter, most of the Northwest actually receives up to 70% of the sunlight that Los Angeles does!

Germany, which actually gets less sunlight than we do here in the Northwest, has installed over 13.5% of the world's solar photovoltaic panels and is expecting to be 100% green in its national energy use by 2050.  Germany has approximately 10% fewer annual hours of sunlight than Seattle and most of the country is actually north of the Puget Sound’s latitudes, yet over half of the world’s solar energy is being generated there.  If Germany can produce that much solar energy with less sun, there is no reason not to go solar here in the Northwest.

In addition, Washington has one of the best incentive programs in the country.  The incentives make solar more financially attractive here than in the majority of the southern states. 

Solar In Washington

Solar power has been hugely adopted in Germany, and Washington paid noticed. When the State wanted to create jobs and reduce carbon emissions, Washington decided to model its solar incentive program after their immense success. The result is a new solar jobs bill that provides one of the most innovative and generous incentive programs in the country! By making solar energy in Washington more financially attractive, it can pencil out to be far more affordable than going solar in many of the sunniest states!  

Solar in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Bainbridge, Tacoma, Olympia, and Everett and Snohomish County have grown be 50% annually. Washington State decided to make solar electricity worth two to three times that of what you pay for your electricity, so a solar energy system that offsets 1/3rd to a one-half of your annual electric consumption will actually offset your entire annual electric bill!  In many of the sunny southern states it requires a solar energy system twice the size of a Puget Sound region system to offset an electric bill based upon the same electric usage.

Take Advantage Of Washington State’s New Incentive Program

In an effort to promote renewable electricity generation, The State of Washington is providing an eight-year contract purchasing solar generation at $.16/kWh for systems up to 12kW, and $.06/kWh for larger systems. If the solar modules are manufactured in Washington State you’ll receive an additional bonus of $.05/kWh for a total of $.21/kWh. Receive cash incentives on both commercial and residential systems.  Find out more information from a Sunergy Systems' Solar Design Consultant.

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