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Washington is a great place for switching to solar power. Although Washington is not known for it’s sunny climate, it has dedicated itself to renewable energy. This has allowed for many state solar incentives to be established and a mindset that will maximize the solar energy available. By going solar you could eliminate your utility bill, depending on your consumption vs. your system’s production. Plus, the reliability of Solar has never been better when you consider that there are Solar Warranties of up to 25 years in Washington so you don’t have to worry about the longevity of your solar system. Solar loans will also lock you into a monthly payment that will never go up, and with the cost of fossil fuels rising it makes the decision to go solar an easy one.

Sunshine in Washington

Washington State has an average of 160 days of sunshine each year. In the capital of Seattle, they receive an average of 164 days each year while the southern city of Yakima receives 201 days of direct sunlight. While Washington does have a lot of cloudy days, many homeowners are able to make up for the lack of sunlight during the summer. This means that if someone wants to make the most out of their solar power in Washington, they will need to be part of a net metering program or have a solar battery. This will help maximize the power that their system will produce throughout the year. The long summer days in Washington make it a great generator for your renewable solar energy!

Trees and Shading in Washington

When deciding whether or not solar is a good fit for your home, trees can make a big impact on that decision. Washington state has more than 22 million acres of forested land, which is more than half of the state. If there are tall trees and large branches shading your roof it may limit the amount of sunlight hitting the panels. Since Washington has a lot of forested areas, it’s important to assess the trees on your property and especially those immediately surrounding your home. Many native species to Washington such as the Western Red Cedars, and Big-Leaf Maples have been dying in the past few years. If this is happening around your home, it might make it easier to trim your trees depending on the life left in them. If you live near a city or in a new development, trees and shading will probably not be an issue due to minimal landscaping. In many cases homeowners are able to benefit from solar by trimming their trees where they’re causing direct shade on their roof. To get a final determination to see if your home is a good fit for solar power, contact one of our Solar Experts for a free consultation today!

Washington Net Metering & Power Credits

Washington power companies such as Pacific Power have a system in place called Net Metering which makes home solar affordable and easy.

The way that Net Metering is able to do this by balancing out your energy production and consumption throughout the year. Sunlight can vary day by day. That means that on sunny days, your system will send back any excess power that your system produces. This energy goes back into the grid and is counted as credits with your power company. These credits can be used on days when your system produces less power than you need to operate your home. This way you don’t have to pay for power that your system has already generated.

Washington has a Solar Energy System and cogeneration System Personal Property Tax Credit. This credit allows your solar system to be exempt from an increase on your property taxes. This means that you don’t have to pay for the increased value of your home that comes with the installation of your solar system.

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Washington Loves Solar Power

Washington is very adamant in their dedication to renewable energy. The state recently has implemented the Renewable Energy System Incentive Program. This program offers payments to homeowners choosing to go solar, with the payment size depending on the size of your system. The state also offers an amazing net metering program, which is the reason that many homeowners are able to switch to solar. This program allows any excess power generated for that month to be rolled over to the next month. It is also possible to wait until the end of their annual billing cycle to sell the electricity back to the utility provider or roll that power over at the end of the year.


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Mae and Lee, a couple from VA saved $7,665 by taking advantage of the federal solar tax credit when they purchased their solar system in 2020

Cost of Solar in Washington

Solar Installation Process in Washington

The cost of a solar energy system is different for everyone. There are many factors that need to be accounted for when you are calculating the price of your solar system such as; cost of materials, size of your home, type and size of your roof, energy consumption, the amount of panels, cost of permitting, and installation. The federal, state, and local incentives available will also affect the final cost of your system. The only way to know exactly how much solar will cost for your home is by contacting us to receive consultation by a solar expert. We know it can be important to know an estimate for your area: According to EnergySage, the price of a solar energy system in Washington state ranged from $11,262 to $15,238 after solar tax credits. The ability to finance a solar system with the current low rates has helped many homeowners to save money. If you have a credit score of 650 and make $40,000+ a year, then you have a great chance to qualify for solar financing in Washington. When you work with Noble Solar, we’ll include the cost of labor in our initial quote to make the breakdown as simple as possible.

The installation process for those living in Washington is the same as it would be in any other state. Many homeowners choose to stay connected to the grid in Washington because of the amazing net metering program available. We recommend a late winter or early spring installation date so that your system will be up and running by the summer time, when you can build up credits. The installation process usually takes less than a day to complete depending on the size of your system, but depending on the size of your solar system it may take longer.

Schedule your Washington Solar Power Consultation

Schedule a free, 5-minute initial phone consultation with our team of specialists to see if solar is a good fit for your and your home. On the phone call, we will just ask you some basic questions about your electricity consumption, your roof, any possible tree shading, why you’re interested in solar, and answer any questions that you may have. We will see what kind of savings you will be eligible for by going through the different tax credits and rebates available. Next, we’ll set up an in-home or virtual (Zoom or Skype) appointment to perform a more in-depth evaluation of your home and go over equipment, costs, logistics, and next steps.


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A Solar System for your home or business can vary in cost, but with the energy credits your system produces with the current government incentives, most people can switch to solar without any extra out-of-pocket expense - and many end up saving money immediately vs their current electric bill. Switching to solar has many benefits, some immediate, and some realized over the course of owning your system. These benefits include lifetime savings on your energy costs as well as reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The cost of electricity is always on the rise. When you switch to Solar, you own your own generating station. As the electric company raises their rates, your affordable Solar payment stays the same. Once your system is paid in full, you'll continue to generate electricity for your home at no cost! To see how much you can save, lifetime, click here!

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