Now on Both Coasts – Coastal Solar Oregon is Open
Do you live in Oregon and want to get in on the solar boom that is sweeping the nation? Now you can, because Coastal Solar Oregon has opened its doors.
We’re a qualified Solar Trade Ally with the Energy Trust of Oregon, which means you have access to all the possible rebates in your area when you work with us. We’re bonded, licensed, and insured, operating out of North Bend on the Oregon Coast.
Solar Expertise Delivered Locally
Big national solar companies, contrary to what you might expect, don’t actually have lower prices most of the time. And they certainly can’t offer local service that is tailored to your specific situation.
With Coastal Solar Oregon, you have the benefit of national expertise combined with face to face, personal customer service, just like Coastal Solar delivers elsewhere.
Coastal Solar Oregon was founded by Jason Traylor, a military veteran who interned at Coastal Solar in Georgia before moving back to his hometown in 2017.
Do We Only Serve the Oregon Coast?
No. We serve the entire state of Oregon, but we specialize in the coastal, rural, and southern areas of Oregon. We serve homeowners and business owners, including places from Brookings to Astoria up and down the coast, and from Ashland and Medford up to Salem on the I-5 corridor, as well as the eastern part of the state that gets over 300 sunny days per year.
But the Oregon coast has a unique opportunity to go solar now that Coastal Solar is here. There are few solar installers west of the coastal range and even fewer that specialize in large scale solar business and finance solutions. So if you want local solar solutions with no loss in expertise or quality, you now have a proven choice at your disposal.
But Does the Oregon Coast Get Enough Sun for Solar Power?
Daily sunlight is different than days of sun. To qualify as a “sunny” day means there is no more than 30% cloud cover during daylight hours. The Oregon Coast in general gets about 100 of these sunny days per year.
In the summer, this is terrific, because the sun stays up well past 8pm for several months, which means when you get sunny days in those months, you’re getting electricity production for many hours of the day.
But what about the other 265 days?
When you look at the real data (and live here), you know it’s not nearly as dreary as some naysayers who don’t live here say it is. We get sunny ‘moments’ all year round. Clouds move in, and clouds move out. On a sunlight/hour basis, the coast actually gets similar quantities of sun as many other areas in the western parts of the state, such as Roseburg.
The southern Oregon coast averages 4.48 kWh/m2/day of solar radiation. For the year, that’s identical to what Roseburg gets, and is actually more than Eugene, which gets 4.20. On the eastern side of the state, Bend receives 5.16 solar radiation per day, on average. So the gap between the sunny eastern side of the state and the southern coast isn’t as wide as some people believe.
What’s the point of all this?
Sunlight means electricity. And the southern coast of Oregon gets enough sun to generate a lot of electricity and make your investment well worth the upfront costs. Plus, you can benefit even more if you add a solar power battery. And about those costs….
Oregon Solar Tax Incentives and Rebates
There all kinds of things that can help you pay for solar power. Everyone in the US qualifies for the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which rebates you 30% of your solar installation costs. You can learn more about the ITC here.
But Oregon also has a residential energy tax credit of up to $6000, though you can only use $1500 of that each year. Also, this credit might expire at the end of 2017, unless it gets renewed. We’ll let you know when we know more.
But that rebate, combined with the federal one, means big savings in the first few years of your solar energy system – the years where you’re still feeling the upfront investment the most.
And, if you are a customer of Pacific Power or PGE they will help you even more, because they have green energy mandates they need to reach. So depending on where you live, you might be eligible for even more incentives.
Learn: Average cost of solar power.
Oregon Solar Is Here – Invest In Our Energy Future
Your solar system will generate electricity year-round, even in Oregon, saving you tens of thousands of dollars over the next 20 years.
Prices have plummeted since 2010, with the price per watt of installed solar capacity dropping by about 50%. In the last year alone, residential solar prices have gone down about 8%, depending on where you live.
Solar is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. It’s not just good for the air. It’s good for the wallet. Electricity costs won’t get any lower. But once you go solar, you generate your own power, and the rising costs don’t affect you. You own the power.
If you want to drop by and see Jason in person, we’re at 1492 E Airport Way in North Bend, OR.