Depending on your house - the size and orientation of the roof, and your energy profile, easily up to 100%! We have designed systems for homes to be "Net-Zero." This means that on an annual basis, you generate as much or more energy than you consume. By producing more energy than you need in the sunny summer, you sell it back to the utility for credit, which you use during the winter. We can size the system to balance out to where you are net-zero on the year.
All work begins with a solar site assessment. The cost to the homeowner is dependent on the size of the system you’d like to install. We will complete the necessary paperwork for your incentives so you don’t have to worry about figuring it out yourself! We’ll also help you navigate the Energy Trust incentive, State of Oregon residential tax credits, as well as federal tax credits. Taken together, these incentives help you reduce the price of your system by up to 90 percent! We typically see a 4–5 year full system cost recovery. This means that you are buying 25+ years of electricity and only paying for 4–5 of them!
Despite Oregon’s rainy reputation, solar is hands-down our most abundant energy resource. In fact, the Willamette Valley surprisingly receives as much sun on an annual basis as the U.S. average! And get this: Germany installs solar 28-1 per capita over the United States - yet they only receive 80% of the annual sunshine that we do in Portland!
Solar electric (PV-photovoltaic) systems for homes, businesses, food carts - you name it, we solarize it! We can also design ground-mounted PV systems and other custom solar integration.
Geothermal (or Ground-Source) Heat Pumps. Utilize the embedded thermal energy stored in your backyard to heat (and cool!) your home. Instead of burning something (natural gas) to generate heat, use a pump to move it between the earth and your home. This is much more efficient and cheaper to operate.
Small Wind, and Micro Hydro. Do you have access to a steady wind resource or a backyard stream? Let us help you utilize all your available natural resources for free and clean energy.
The solar systems we design as completely scalable and adaptable to just about any surface! Even if you have a small or shaded roof, we can help you develop creative and integrative solar designs. Perhaps your patio could use a nice shade providing solar awning? Or what about a gazebo? Thinking about buying an electric car? Park it under a solar carport! Just because your roof is shaded or isn’t south facing (the most ideal orientation) doesn’t mean that solar has to be out of the picture for you. Elemental Energy thrives at developing custom, unique and attractive designs.
Every solar panel we sell is guaranteed for at least 25 years! Given that these are passive systems (There are NO moving parts), the opportunities for failure are almost zero. The first solar cell ever created, by Bell Laboratories in 1954, is still producing power today!
Your interest is just enough to get started! Call or e-mail us today and will provide you all the information and options available. We are always eager to share our solar and renewable energy knowledge and help as many people as possible fulfill their dreams. Rest assured you will have all the information you need to make the right decision for you and your home or business!