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Portland Solar Panel Installation Articles

Portland solar panel expert gives tips

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8 tips for finding the best solar panel installer

One highly rated provider shares eight tips to help you find the best solar panel installer for your home and get the best return on your investment.

Get the most out of your solar panel investment

The savings solar can provide are real despite the fact that equipment and installation can require a sizable upfront investment. Find out if its right for you.

Couple adds solar panels to green improvements

An Indianapolis couple had already made green improvements to their home, but they found a way to add solar panels to their roof to reap savings.

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Portland Solar Panel Installers Reviews

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"In 1993
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installed a solar hot water heater in my house.
Now 20 years later, the solar hot water heater was no longer working and I am looking to get my roof redone.
I looked at the solar hot water tank and found a sticker with
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's name and phone number.
I called. The same number worked after 20 years.
After I gave him my address,
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remembered some of the details of the system that they had installed so many years ago. I was quite impressed.
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came out the same day and examined the installation. He sent be an estimate shortly thereafter.
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and an assistant showed up exactly on time. They removed the solar panels on the roof, the heat exchanger tank in the basement and the pipes in-between.They worked very professionally -- they were quick, efficient, and they cleaned up after themselves.
I am quite pleased with the work that they did and can recommend
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as a good company to do business with.
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"They were very easy to deal with. They will quote small and large jobs. They do a great job."
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"We did have to play phone tag for a few days, but once we made contact things went pretty smoothly. We spoke to
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on Monday and he made an appointment on Tuesday. He was running a little late (1/2 hour) but called to let us know. He diagnosed the problem quickly and replaced the part. Also, while he was here we asked him to check the entire system, which is one of the older (1970's) solar hot water systems. We were assured that it is in good condition and is an old reliable model. He took the time to explain how the system works and showed us where the shutoff and bypass valves are. Our system is happily chugging along again.

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"This work was done as part of the Solarize North Portland program through the City of Portland. The program provided free solar site surveys and quantity discounts on solar installations.
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was the designated contractor for this program.

The first step was the site survey. Engineer
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and an assistant examined the house inside and out to determine whether it was suitable for solar power. This included the electrical panel and underside of the roof. The house, having been built in the 1890s, has rafters that are more widely spaced than normal. I was told that it would cost an extra $350 for an engineering study to convince the City that the roof would support the panels. In addition, I was told it would cost $500 more for additional labor and safety equipment for our very steep roof. These extra charges seemed reasonable, and were disclosed upfront. After the site survey,
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and his assistant presented three different options for solar electric systems, which differed in size and cost. They answered all of my wife's and my questions and asked us contact them if we wanted to take the next step. There was no pressure to buy.

It took us a week or two to decide whether to do this project and what size of system to install. I emailed more questions to
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, which he answered promptly. We decided to get a system with micro-inverters, which can be monitored remotely over the Web. Once we made a decision,
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emailed a contract for our review. It was lengthy but thorough. Again,
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answered all of our questions and concerns.
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required a 50% down payment before work started, with the remainder due after completion.

After we submitted the contract and initial payment, we waited nearly two months for work to begin. Some of that time was waiting for permits. Once work started, the whole installation was done in a week. First, a roofing subcontractor attached a support rack to the roof. Next, an electrical subcontractor installed and wired the panels. The system was turned on briefly, to make sure it worked, and then we were told not to turn it back on until it had been inspected. The inspections took another month.
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inspected the work of the contractors, and the electric utility inspected the interconnection between the solar system and the electrical grid. After the work was completed,
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did a final walk-through with us present and accepted our final payment. Finally, we received a letter from the electric utility authorizing us to begin generating.

This project had a few problems along the way but nothing major. For example, we had to contact
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several times to get the roofing contractor back out to remove a board that was left behind on the roof (other than that, cleanup was great). In addition, it took several weeks to get
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back out to do the final walk-through. After completion of the project, it took another month to get remote monitoring set up, for a total of four months from contract signing until everything was done.

The quality and performance of our system has lived up to expectations, and we look forward to many years of electricity from the sun.
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"Ours is an old house and has some peculiar features. In every case,
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has been creative and careful in working on our home. He and his crew have been professional, friendly, and easy to work with. He is honest, on time, and on budget. There are few cases where I can unreservedly recommend a company or individual. This is one."
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"It went extremely well, though it took longer than expected, largely because of paperwork delays (
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incentive application, net metering application) and then weather when winter got serious.
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is consistently responsive, almost always answers his phone and also responds to email, and
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is capable, friendly, and responsible."
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"I had contacted 4 solar specialists for estimates on solar panels. One showed up with an estimate without even asking me how many KWs I wanted and without climbing on to my roof. The second one gave me a good estimate but did not bother to see my roof either. The third one sent out a mass email saying they would be in our neighborhood for an estimate. The fourth person (
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and Solar)
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was way better than the rest. He came home twice, climbed up on to the roof both times, took measurements and then gave me a comprehensive document for an estimate which included prices, where the panels would be installed and the maximum number that I could install. He was very knowledgeable about the installation process and told me up front that my concrete tiles would be a bit harder to work with. In the end I did not go with solar because I found PGE's Green Source Option to be extremely economical but I was very impressed with
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. I asked him why
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was not on Angie's List and he said that they were not good marketers. I am therefore initiating a report for them as I think List members will benefit from working with
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Koyaanisqatsi was prompt and straightforward in providing his estimate. He gave a lot of information compared to competitors. His bid was higher for the hot water, but lower for photo-voltaic. He did what he said he'd do, in a timely fashion. He is detail-oriented and always pleasant. I recommend him very highly."
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"Cascade s large organized crew efficiently stripped off the old roof and had most of the rafter repair done the first day. The new roof was completed and all debris cleared away by 3 pm on the second day. No plants were damaged, and they did a fantastic job of clean up. The foreman,
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, was professional and knowledgeable, keeping me informed every step of the way, asking several times during the day if I had any questions. He spent a lot of time carefully installing a Velux Sun Tunnel in our kitchen. He also installed 14 soffit vents at no charge.
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and his crew displayed outstanding, professional workmanship. Cascade had great follow up, coming out the following day to check out the work and brought us a small azalea. Outstanding customer service: Sending out their gutter specialist to repair a gutter for us at no cost. No one likes to have to put a new roof on their house, but
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made it an exceptional experience for us, and we highly recommend them.
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"Called their office to request an estimate. They took my name and number and said someone would get back to me to schedule a visit. A few days later someone called and took down more information. But he also wasn't able to schedule a visit ("the estimators keep their own schedule"). Finally, a third person called and said he would come out, but he didn't know when it would be (he said he'd call me after a meeting that the boss was holding that morning). That was two months ago - haven't heard from them since. I found them extremely unprofessional, and this is way too much trouble just to try to get someone to come out. I plan to purchase a solar system from another vendor. Estimated cost was $8,000."

All Solar Panel Installers in Portland, OR

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Adams General Construction

410 NE 3rd St
Mcminnville, OR

Advanced Energy Services

14775 SE 82nd dr
Clackamas, OR

All Pro Electric, Inc.

6327 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR

AMA Construction Group

2272 SE Brookwood Ave
Hillsboro, OR

ASTRO OF NEW ENGLAND LLC

25 INDUSTRIAL DR
Exeter, RI

Aylwin Construction

3144 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy
Hillsboro, OR

Bateman Construction

4991 SW Nevada Ct
Portland, OR

Black Cat Plumbing Inc

4630 SE 26th Ave
Portland, OR

BLAND CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 1010 Canby
Canby, OR

Boiler Bay Mechanical LLC

28712 SE Wk Anderson Rd
Gresham, OR

Bullseye Electric

2625 NE 65th Avenue
Vancouver, WA

Caribou Contracting LLC

12690 SW Tremont Street
Portland, OR

Cascade Roofing

6950 SW Hampton St
Portland, OR

Chehalem Valley Custom Homes

402 W. Oxford St
Newberg, OR

CivicSolar Inc

582 Market St Ste 1300
San Francisco, CA

CLACKAMAS ELECTRIC INC

PO Box 51
Beavercreek, OR

Cravenho Construction & Building

PO Box 20492
Keizer, OR

Dale's Remodeling

5514 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR

DODSON CONSTRUCTION LLC

2026 SE BEAVER CREEK LN
Troutdale, OR

Dynamic Power Innovation

236 SE Baker
Mcminnville, OR