Installing Solar PV on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas and Islands Since 2003

Power Trip Energy is dedicated to improving the future of our community and our state through the use of renewable energy technologies.  We specialize in the design and installation of grid-tied PV systems on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas, and have installed over 2 MW of grid-tied pv on over 400 homes and small businesses since 2003.  Call us for the finest renewable energy technologies to help you reduce your energy usage by harvesting the free and abundant solar energy that surrounds us.

Latest From The Blog…

USDA REAP Grant Seminar – Wed, Feb 17 – 9 AM – 12 Noon – Chimacum Grange

  In 2015, Power Trip Energy assisted three local businesses receive USDA REAP grants that provided 25% of the funds for solar PV and other energy efficiency projects.  We have installed solar PV at two of these businesses and expect to install at the third once the development of their new location is complete.     Your local business, farm or ranch may be eligible for grant funding for a renewable energy or energy efficiency system. For those who own a for-profit small business, farm or ranch in Jefferson or Clallam Counties, there is an upcoming opportunity to learn about who qualifies and how to apply for a USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant to cover 25% of the cost of a renewable energy system or energy efficiency upgrades. Carlotta Donisi, business specialist with USDA Rural Development will be leading a workshop on February 17th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive, Chimacum, WA. The workshop will cover grant and guaranteed loan information as well as grant writing assistance. Please RSVP to Carlotta.Donisi@wa.usda.gov.   In 2015, ALL REAP grant applicants in Washington State were funded including two businesses in Jefferson County (Finnriver Cidery, and Wallyworks Enterprise) and one in Clallam County (Dungeness Valley Creamery.)   Funds may be used for renewable energy systems such as solar or wind generation, as well as for energy efficiency improvements such as HVAC systems, insulation, lighting, cooling or refrigeration units, doors and windows, etc. Seehttp://www.rd.usda.gov for more details.   Grants for up to 25% of the total eligible project cost are possible, as well as loan guarantees.... read more

Washington State Solar Incentives – Cost Recovery Program (Existing and Ending) and HB 2346 (Proposed Legislation Being Considered in Olympia Now)

As many of you know, the declining state solar incentives here in Washington State are scheduled to completely sunset June 30, 2020.  The cost recovery program has been one block in the foundation of solar economics here in Washington State since 2007.  In that time, we have seen continued geometric growth, increasing the installed KW by ~ 40% per year.  However its success is the cause of distress in many areas.  Because the cap on the incentive was fairly low, that cap has now been breached in many utility areas, including Jefferson PUD.  In Jefferson PUD for the program year July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015, incentive applications were approximately $225,000 and the overall incentive pool was only about $155,000, resulting in prorated payments down to 70% of the regular base rate.  At the inception of this program, there was virtually no solar PV market in the state, and nobody expected to exceed these caps by this time.  This is an unfortunate and unexpected loss for the early adopters now that solar has gone mainstream. Without a remedy to the loss of state incentives, we may well see a leveling-off of the solar growth.  This might well result in layoffs at our company and others across the state.  In Washington State right now, there are 128 companies that self-identify as solar companies, employing about 2400 people, nearly all installers.  At Power Trip Energy Corp, we currently employ 10 people, and have installed about 3 MW since 2003. State-wide solar capacity is now 60 MW installed, up from 11 MW in 2014, and 6 MW in 2012.  Almost all... read more

Get Our Newsletter

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 18 other subscribers

Blog Archives

“To all the employees of Power Trip Energy!  Thanks for the awesome solar installation, you have motivated me to save more energy and promote solar power even more.”

Kevin Koski - Bremerton, WA.

“By generating our own clean electricity, our family is reducing air pollution while being energy independent. And we’re doing it now so that our children can inherit a better world.”

Stuart MacRobbie - Sequim, WA

“It’s been great to work with you all, from the office support to the sales staff, all the way through the electricians and the guys on the job. We couldn’t ask for more!”

Susan and Ernie Kroll

NABCEP-PV-Mark       SunPower-logo      Print       solarreviews_remote       ASES-new-logo       SmallSWLogo       JeffCoChamber-logo       BICCLogo100_small       BuiltGreenClallamCo