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 3 MW of grid-tied pv on over 500 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.

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Solar Agent – Opportunity Available

Solar Agent Join our team and be an agent of change, helping clients navigate their choices to determine whether and how to put grid-tied solar pv on their home. You will have technical sales expertise, a driver’s license and clean driving record, and a desire to help our clients understand and make choices to harvest solar energy on their homes and businesses.  You will be joining a small company and working alongside the owners.  You will professionally represent us with integrity and excellent communications skills utilized for coordinating with the public, our clients, utilities and government regulators, and other departments within the company.  You will be brutally honest, have excellent math and writing skills, be comfortable using a 32’ extension ladder to reach second story roofs.  You will use company laptop, and vehicle.  You will live in or around Port Townsend. Specific tasks include: educating and qualifying customers over the phone and in person site analysis using ladder, hand tools, compass, camera, and cool high-tech shade analysis tools conceptual design and communication of financial cost, incentives, savings, and financing options during site visit detailed system design including performance estimates, requires good math skills including trigonometry and basic understanding of electricity and physics preparation of proposals, contracts using Word, Excel, SketchUp and solar design software answering questions in order to close the sales creating detailed project binders for the installation crew, including basic electrical calculations and one-line drawings creating basic permit applications using manufacturer’s engineered specs, shepherding applications through various jurisdictions Additional marketing tasks may include graphic design of marketing materials, writing press releases, event coordination, and public speaking at indoor... read more

SunPower’s New Record Solar PV Module Efficiency – The Importance of Efficiency on Residential Rooftop Solar

SunPower last year verified 25.2% efficiency in a manufactured silicon-based PV cell.  This year, they have integrated that cell into a manufactured PV module which attains 24.1% efficiency.  When making efficiency comparisons, the cell-level efficiency is less relevant as in order for us to utilize that power, we need the cells built into a module, which will necessarily be slightly less efficient due to the space between cells, and the small area occupied by the frame. When we are designing a system for a home’s roof, we usually need to make as much power as we can on the available roof space in order generate the largest percentage of the home’s annual energy.  So using the most efficient modules available is important to us.  While these SunPower modules are not the least expensive on the market, when we can put up an array with higher power rating in the same space as an average array, we can recognize relatively lower $/watt installation costs on all the other aspects of the system. We are now commonly utilizing SunPower X-21 345 watt modules, which are 21.5% efficient at the module level.  Their high efficiency, finish quality, and industry-leading warranty make SunPower an excellent choice for almost all of our clients.  For example on the installation from last winter pictured above, we used the SunPower 327 watt modules to get 7.85 KW in the available un-shaded space.  If we had used an average module, running ~290 watts in this size right now, that would be a 6.96 KW array in the same space, 12% less power installed for the same amount of work.... read more

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“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

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