Saturday, May 14, 2011

Going solar in the Pacific Northwest

Is solar technology practical in the Pacific Northwest?  Well, the region gets more sunlight than Germany—which is already aggressively pursuing solar—so, yes.  But if you are a homeowner wanting to incorporate solar energy, there are a number of things to consider.  Whether your geographic location and the configuration of your roof is suitable for solar, for instance.  And the upfront costs are considerable:  $25,000 to $40,000 installation costs are standard.

However, the installations pay off over time, they are very, very good for the environment and there are a number of government incentives—both state and federal—that the homeowner can tap into.

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