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10 reasons to choose a professional install over a DIY solar project

Thinking about making the switch to solar power for your home? It’s a commendable decision. Solar energy not only reduces your carbon footprint but also offers long-term savings on your energy bills. However, when it comes to installing solar panels, there’s a crucial choice to make: DIY or professional installation. While a DIY project might […]

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Will My Solar Panels Become Obsolete?

A common concern among homeowners is the fear that their solar panels may one day become obsolete. These fears are not exactly without some basis in reality. After all, we see technology advancing rapidly all around us, and we know solar technology is following suit. For that reason, if you own solar panels or are […]

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Types of residential solar panels for homes

When it comes to photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, PV manufacturers produce several different types of solar panels that are suited for different applications. In this post, we will delve into the different types of PV solar panels available and explore the ones most commonly used for residential installations. […]

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Could concrete supercapacitors revolutionize rooftop solar?

According to an article today in NewScientist magazine, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a revolutionary technology that combines cement and charcoal powder to create a supercapacitor, a highly efficient energy storage device. Unlike conventional batteries, supercapacitors can discharge energy rapidly, making them an attractive alternative for renewable energy applications. Wide-Ranging […]

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Demystifying net metering in Washington state

In Washington state, net metering has emerged as a key policy to encourage solar energy adoption. Let’s delve into the workings of net metering in Washington and understand how it benefits both homeowners and the environment. What is Net Metering? Net metering is a billing arrangement that allows solar energy system owners to earn credit […]

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Why higher electricity rates make going solar an even better decision

Rising electricity rates have become a burden for homeowners in the Seattle area, putting a strain on budgets and causing concerns about future expenses. The Seattle Times reports that electricity rates increased nearly 7% between April 2022 and April 2023 — and they are up nearly 34% in the last 10 years. The rising costs […]

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How much solar power do you need?

If you decide to convert your home to solar energy, at some point you will need to make an important decision about the size of your new solar energy system. This will be determined, in part, by how much power you consume and anticipate you will need in the future. In the United States, the […]

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Why now is an incredible time to invest in solar

Many homeowners are not aware, but the federal tax credit on the installation of a solar energy system just increased in 2023 from 22% to 30%, making now an incredible time to invest in renewable energy for your home. The Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics, also known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), increased […]

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“Should I Get Solar Panels Now or Wait?”

We hear this question a lot. Deciding whether to get solar panels now or wait is a common dilemma for homeowners interested in renewable energy. There are several factors to consider when making this decision, and the tradeoffs involved can be complex. Here, we will explore some of the key factors to consider when deciding […]

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Are Solar Panels Worth It In Seattle?

The decision to install a solar energy system can be a complicated one, with numerous factors to consider. Homeowners in Seattle, Washington, may be wondering if solar panels are worth the investment given the city’s cloudy and rainy weather. Here, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the key factors that impact a homeowner’s decision to […]

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Solora Solar featured in Yakima Herald-Republic’s coverage of regional solar boom

With the Yakima Valley and surrounding areas experiencing a recent increase in solar installations, the Yakima Herald-Republic turned to Solora Solar CEO Syed Mujtaba for perspective on why more and more homeowners are going solar. In the article, the Herald-Republic noted that Solora Solar performed more than 100 solar installs last year in the Yakima […]

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Welcome To Our New Website

We are pleased to be able to offer our existing and new customers this redesigned website, which allows us to better communicate the products and services we make available to homeowners and business owners in Washington state. This updated design includes new pages on our warranty and attractive financing options. We have devoted a new […]

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LG Chem Battery Vs. Tesla Powerwall

There’s no shame in referring to solar power as “Source of unlimited energy”. Solar power provides clean energy for the masses as the sun delivers more than enough energy to power up everything on our planet. There’s no better time than now to invest in solar power for your personal households. There are multiple benefits […]

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More Questions Answered on New Solar Incentive Program

We are doing our best to keep our customers and readers informed about the new solar incentive package passed by the state legislature this year. We have already provided an overview of the new incentives now available, and this month the Washington State University Energy Program has published its own summary with answers to frequently […]

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Utilities Considering Changes to Net Metering

As more and more homeowners and businesses make the decision to go solar, utilities are adjusting for the changes to the marketplace and considering revisions in policy and practice. One of the most serious changes being contemplated right now is the change to net metering. Net metering is the practice whereby a utility customer with […]

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New Washington State Solar Incentive Program Details

Now that the so-called Solar Jobs Bill has been adopted by the Washington State Legislature as part of the state operating budget passed last month, solar owners and installers are starting to get a picture of what new incentives will mean for home and business owners who rely on solar systems to power some portion […]

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New Solar Incentives Passed by WA Legislature

If you have been contemplating a solar installation for your home or business, but weren’t sure whether the incentives would be there to help finance the investment — your wait is over, as new solar incentives in Washington state officially become available tomorrow. That’s because the Washington state House and Senate today passed legislation that […]

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State Legislation Would Boost Incentives for Solar Owners

Proposed legislation in Olympia could increase the incentives available for solar installations in Washington state if approved by lawmakers during this year’s special session. The Solar Jobs Bill (House Bill 1048/Senate Bill 5499) would bring an end to the outdated Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Program on June 30, 2017, and would replace it with […]

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Rooftop Solar Cools and Reduces Thermal Stress

With spring in full swing, the clouds have just started to give way to glorious sunshine. Soon things will be heating up. When considering the overall efficiency of your residence or commercial building, a roof-mount solar installation may be able to help you beyond the generation of clean energy and savings in electrical utility bills. […]

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Three Months Left to Cash In On Snohomish PUD Solar Incentives

If you have been considering going solar and happen to live anywhere between Lynnwood and Stanwood — that is, Snohomish County — you might want to go green before the greenbacks are gone. Snohomish County PUD has announced that their Solar Express program will be sunsetting on June 30, 2017. This means residents of Snohomish […]

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Printing Solar Panels on Our Curtains? Don’t Blink, It May Happen

Could it be possible one day to hit the “Print” button on your computer and generate a sheet of… solar panels? Will we someday peek through solar panels printed on our curtains and blinds to see if it’s nice outside? The phenomenon is not as far off as you might think. According to the Australian […]

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Five Years From Now

What were you doing five years ago? Sometimes when we look ahead, five years seems like such a long time to wait to receive a promotion, save up for a new car, take a vacation or reach some other long-desired goal. But when we look back just five years ago and think about our family, […]

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Solora Solar Wins 2016 Best of Yakima Award

Solora Solar won the 2016 Best of Yakima Award honoring the best local businesses in the community, it was announced last week. The 2016 Yakima Award Program chose Solora Solar as one of a select number of companies who demonstrate “exceptional marketing success in their local community” and “service to their customers and our community.” […]

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We Love Staying In Touch With Our Customers

Solora Solar is fortunate to work with homeowners who like to build a long-term relationship with their solar contractor. We love this! It means we get to answer a lot of important customer questions after the installation of their solar system, and it also means we get to receive many enjoyable updates about how solar […]

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Solora Solar Featured On Solar Washington Website

Solora Solar was featured this month on the website for Solar Washington, a widely respected solar advocacy organization in Washington state. The group highlighted Solora’s recent sizable commercial solar project at Green Acre Farms in Wapato, Wash. The non-profit solar advocacy organization hailed the Green Acre Farms installation as “a significantly important project for particular […]

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Report: Solar Solar on Cutting Edge of Commercial Solar Increase

Solora Solar was featured last month in the July 29 issue of the Yakima Herald as the newspaper called attention to the growing number of small businesses making the move to solar electricity in the Yakima Valley. The report highlighted Solora Solar’s success with bringing solar to commercial businesses as well as Solora’s upcoming commercial […]

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Attention Solar Customers: We’re In This Together

A solar power system is a significant investment — one that makes a positive impact on your wallet and the environment. You should know that when you choose Solora, you have the assurance that we’re with you for the life of your system, and that’s a long time. To start with, there are lots of […]

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Project Sunroof Offers Residents Solar Analysis

Google is making it easier for you to go solar. With their new Project Sunroof, soon you’ll be able to use Google Earth & Maps technology to complete a shade analysis of your roof. Previously a task set aside for solar professionals, it’s one of the first steps in determining if solar power is the […]

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New Type of Cell, A Game Changer

Two sets of scientists have reported promising results from a new recipe for solar cells, which could result in panels for solar power that are easier and cheaper to make. Solar panels were recently placed on the roof of the building that supplies energy to the AirTrain at NewarkLibertyInternationalAirport in Newark, N.J. A scientific advance […]

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Status of Solar Energy Storage Capacity in U.S.

While Germany Explores Energy Storage Technologies at Breakneck Speeds, the US Isn’t Far Behind Germany could be using 60 percent renewables if the right storage tech were in place. Startling as this announcement seems, the US is not as far behind as people think. The U.S. is surging ahead in terms of adopting battery storage. […]

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NANOCRYSTALS: A New Type of Solar Cell

Scientists are focusing on nanometre-sized crystals for the next generation of solar cells. These nanocrystals have excellent optical properties. Compared with silicon in today’s solar cells, nanocrystals can be designed to absorb a larger fraction of the solar light spectrum. However, the development of nanocrystal-based solar cells is challenging. Until now, the physics of electron […]

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New Type of Cell, A Game Changer

Two sets of scientists have reported promising results from a new recipe for solar cells, which could result in panels for solar power that are easier and cheaper to make. Solar panels were recently placed on the roof of the building that supplies energy to the AirTrain at NewarkLibertyInternationalAirport in Newark, N.J. A scientific advance […]

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Big thing for sustainable energy

Generating solar power can be expensive and impractical for the average person, but a new process that spray-paints solar cells to almost any surface could be the next big thing in green energy. University of Sheffield research scientists in the UK have developed a method that sprays a perovskite compound that can be used to […]

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Solora Solar Becomes First SunPower Authorized Dealer in Central Washington (Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Yakima & Tri-Cities)

Solora Solar Yakima WA-based leader in residential and light commercial solar system design and installation, is proud to announce the achievement of SunPower® Authorized Dealer status with SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR). SunPower dealers provide comprehensive solar assessment and installation services, including helping homeowners figure out what kind of system they need, how it should be […]

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Temperature Effects on Seattle Solar Energy Systems

The temperature of solar modules can be a very important factor affecting the electrical output produced by your solar panels. It’s funny, but the more sun we get in Seattle, the hotter the modules get which counteracts any benefit the sun can give your home. Although there’s a lot of rain in Seattle, heat from […]

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A quick lesson in meter reading

Electric use varies from household to household, depending upon the size of your home, number and type of appliances and how you use them. Your electric meter keeps track of it all for you. Electric meters record the total amount of electricity used. You can look at your own usage by learning to read your […]

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Solar Ground Mount System Installation

If you’re looking for a simpler way to install a solar project on a large scale, a ground installation is possibly the most advantageous way to maximize your panel density and provide the flexibility needed for the panels to track the sun across the sky. Most ground systems utilize frames, usually constructed of aluminum, stainless […]

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Solora Solar Installs Solar System on Yakima Residential Building

Solora Solar has recently installed a 5.04 KW photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system for a 2,100-square-foot home in Yakima. This system will generate over 60% of owner’s energy need. The system will produce over 6,000 kWh of electricity per year while their electrical demand will be a little less than 10,000 kWh per year.  “We […]

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Time Is Running Out for MACRS Incentive

If you’ve been hesitant to get into a commercial solar project, you probably don’t want to wait much longer. Yakima Solar is going to cost you less to install right now than it will this time next year thanks to MACRS incentives. MACRS stands for Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System. It’s a tax depreciation system […]

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Locally Own Yakima Solar System Provider

Whether you are looking into solar power for your residence or your commercial business, Solora Solar, your local Yakima solar contractor, should be your first stop. As a solar provider, Solora Solar knows everything you need to know about solar power. We can provide information on everything from how solar power works to the financial […]

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Solar Energy Financial Incentives For New Construction

Each year technology advances solar power systems, making them an attractive and understandable choice for the consumer. New home and commercial construction projects can benefit from many programs offered through local, state, and government incentive programs that assist in the initial cost of a solar powered system. Facts are, the savings over the years will […]

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Use REAP Grants/Loans to Subsidize Your Solar Energy System

55% of Commercial Renewable Energy System cost can be subsidized through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Federal Tax Incentives. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill and is designed to offer grants and loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses that embark on energy […]

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Washington State Renewable Energy Production Incentive

In 2005, the state of Washington passed production incentive legislation for individuals, businesses and local governments that produce solar power, wind power or electricity from anaerobic digesters. The base rates for these incentives start at $0.15 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) and are adjusted by multipliers, as follows; This resulted in solar production incentives ranging from $0.15 […]

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