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.

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Net Metering Limits – What is Reasonable?

I recently came across this interesting info-graphic.  It is a couple of years old now and does not apply to Washington State.  It mentions how different states look at determining a reasonable amount of power generation that can come from net metered solar, and uses examples of 15%, 25% (Hawaii), or 50% (California) and different thresholds to use as a basis for those percentages.

Here in Washington State, utilities are only required to allow 0.5% of the 1996 peak load – such a low threshold it is ridiculously limiting.  Thankfully the utilities in which we have surpassed this threshold have seen no problems with allowing additional net metering systems.  In the coming months we will be working closely with our legislators to address this archaic and potentially stifling limitation before it negatively affects our clients and our community.

Enjoy this explanatory graphic:

http://ilsr.org/archiac-utility-rules-stall-local-solar-infographic/

 

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Another beautiful ground mounted array for beautiful people in Poulsbo, October 2014.

SunPower Achieves Cradle to Cradle Product Certification

The most attractive aspect of pv modules is that they create clean electricity from the sun in a manner that is easily metered and utilized.  This is obvious and easily quantified, but what about the manufacturing techniques used to make them?  Our favorite manufacturer has gone out of the way to analyze their full production cycle.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sunpower-solar-panels-awarded-cradle-to-cradle-certification-for-sustainable-manufacturing-processes-2014-10-02

SunPower is the first and only solar company to achieve Cradle to Cradle product certification; their E-Series and X-Series PV modules have been awarded the Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver distinction by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.  The high efficiency SunPower E-Series and X-Series solar panels, manufactured at the company’s factory in Mexicali, Mexico, are the first and only solar products to be awarded this certification, which is based on the sustainable manufacturing processes implemented at this facility.  The manufacturing aspects analyzed include material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness.

As I have mentioned many times, we are proud of our association with this leading solar manufacturer.

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16.3 KW SunPower on Sequim barn in the Dungeness Valley, using E-327 pv modules, August 2014.

 

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