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"Sunlight were outstanding from start to end. I work in the renewable energy business so I was a savvy and probably more demanding and higher maintenance customer" than average. They went out of their way to make sure I got the best price and service. They also produced the most conservative estimate of the three bids while in my opinion providing the most effective and likely highest performance combination of layout, panels, and inverter. Yes, a lower a the competition estimate of annual yield is a good sign from a solar installer. It means they are not seeking to
your business by over promising and then under-delivering once the check has cleared. Remember you installer doesn't control the solar resource - a higher estimate might mean they're using better panels but it might also mean they're just trying to look better than the other bids. I asked for apples to apples assessments with the same equipment in order to control for this. So far my system has out performed the Sunlight estimates every month and Sunlight has got all my tax paperwork done ready to claim my rebates in the spring. There were a few minor hiccups along the way, like the meter taking more space inside than I expected and a problem that manifested itself during inspection but in all cases Sunlight employees took responsibility and rectified the problems without me having to do any more than say, hey I don't like it there, or can you fix the inspection problem as quickly as possible. The answer was always of course you are the customer and we want you to be happy. I recommend without any hesitation. I'd also like to add that if you are on the fence about going solar, just do it. Trust me, with the current
incentives the economics work. The only reasons not to go solar are that you have trees shading your roof or you don't know about it. If you're reading this you have only shading as an excuse.

-Clarisse M.

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"They also had their engineering people review the proposal, and also made an adjustment to get the city's planners to approve. They took care of 100% of all" the 'outside' interfacing with agencies, suppliers, etc. We just opened our yard and driveway to them. Onsite work took only about 4 days, and not in great weather either. This system will pay off in less than 10 years, and is NOT an eyesore, and includes as much locally sourced material as possible. They did a fine cleanup, and also were excellent in handling a "delicate" job of removing large concrete pavers and digging a trench to connect conduit from house to garage, and then putting the pavers back properly. In fact, a previous owner visited who had installed the pavers and commented on what a good job they did of putting them back.

-Laine S.

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Are you talking about powering your home solely on solar (i.e. no back up power source or off grid).

 

The power, once convered from DC to AC via the inverter, is suitable for use by the home. 

 

Most solar application are in supplement to the current powering of the home and will spin the meter back in the day but are not the primary. 

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OK - that should strike Atlantic Plumbing off your vendor list !

You say female pipe to copper pipe connection - I hope you are not saying they connected copper directly to galvanized or black iron pipe. If so, there should have been a dielectric union put in there to prevent corrosion, which could be part of your problem.

Also, generally a bad idea to use teflon tape for hot water tank connections - too much thermal cycling, loosens it up over time. Should use plumbers dope for that application.

It sounds to me like a connection problem - if the tank itself was leaking it should be flooding the top of the tank or more likely running down through the insulation and dripping out the bottom.

Unless you are a do it yourselfer, sounds like you need to find a new plumber with good reviews and rating in your area - Search the List (in green banner bar). This should be an easy fix - should have him put in dielectric couplings (about $5-10 each depending on pipe size) if current connection is iron to copper, and even if not, have him redo connection not only for cold but also hot water - if one was done poorly, probably both were.

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Solar Panel Installation reviews in Portland

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Solar water heater supply pipes froze last winter, despite my having drained the system.
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identified that condensation was probably the source of the water that froze.
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repaired the pipes and added additional drains so that the problem should not happen again.
- Rose A.
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and his crew are EXCELLENT!! Everyone was highly professional, highly skilled and they cleaned up after themselves beautifully every day. We are very, very happy with the bathroom and with the experience! We highly recommend
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and his crew.
- Kim B.
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Smoothly removed all the components from my system. They were prompt, neat, courteous, and listened to all my concerns. Definitely use them again if needed. Great job.
- Bradley W.
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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.
- Mark T.
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They were very easy to deal with. They will quote small and large jobs. They do a great job.
- Gary W.
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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.

- KAREN D.
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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.
- WILLIAM M.
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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.
- David D.

All Solar Panel Installers in Portland, OR

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Adams General Construction

410 NE 3rd St
Mcminnville

Advanced Energy Services

14775 SE 82nd dr
Clackamas

ALEX FREDDI CONSTRUCTION LLC

9753 SW Appaloosa Place
Beaverton

AMA Construction Group

2272 SE Brookwood Ave
Hillsboro

Aylwin Construction

3144 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy
Hillsboro

Bateman Construction

4991 SW Nevada Ct
Portland

Black Cat Plumbing Inc

8230 SE 72nd Ave
Portland

BLAND CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 1010 Canby
Canby

Boiler Bay Mechanical LLC

28712 SE Wk Anderson Rd
Gresham

Bullseye Electric

2625 NE 65th Avenue

Caribou Contracting LLC

12690 SW Tremont Street
Portland

CASCADE ROOFING

6950 SW Hampton St
Portland

Chehalem Valley Custom Homes

402 W. Oxford St
Newberg

Cherry City Plumbing Inc

400 Glen Creek Rd NW
Salem

CivicSolar Inc

582 Market St Ste 1300

CLACKAMAS ELECTRIC INC

PO Box 51
Beavercreek

Dale's Remodeling

5514 Commercial St SE
Salem

DODSON CONSTRUCTION LLC

2026 SE BEAVER CREEK LN
Troutdale

Dynamic Power Innovation

236 SE Baker
Mcminnville

Encompass Construction & Maintenance Services

16076 S Harding Rd
Oregon City

Energy Unlimited LLC

38888 Pioneer Blvd
Sandy

Evergreen Building Systems

2815 SE 63rd Ave
Portland

Evergreen Renovations

14605 SW Bonanza Ct
Beaverton

Extreme Clean Brothers

13708 se Claybourne St.
Portland

Faison Energy Solutions LLC

1827 NE 44th Ave
Portland

FORBES PLUMBING

325 Orchard Dr
Dallas

Frontline Electric, Inc

1150 SE Laura Dr
Gresham

FULL CIRCUIT CONSTRUCTION

3325 NE 29TH AVE
Portland

GEN-CON INC

PO BOX 25553
Portland

Get It Done Oregon

P.O. Box 204 / 67681 E Emigrant Trail
Welches

Green City Skylights & Solar

8607 SE Brooklyn St
Portland

Green Planet Construction, LLC

po Box 246
Lake Oswego

Gresham Roofing and Construction

2229 NE Burnside St #128
Gresham

GruntWorks

8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Beaverton

Halo Homes LLC

9755
Portland

HARLEN'S DRYWALL CO

14615 NE 13th Ct

Haskin Electric Inc

5317 NE St Johns Rd

HONKE HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING INC

840 NE CLEVELAND AVE
Gresham

Imagine Energy

2409 N Kerby Ave
Portland

Indy Construction LLC

3307 Evergreen Way

Interstate All Battery Center

1225 NE 48th Ave
Hillsboro

Lacamas Electric

14812 NE 90th St

LADA Enterprises Inc

16556 Lower Boones Ferry Rd
Lake Oswego

LakeRidge Exteriors LLC

16921 SE Tristin Ave.
Happy Valley

Liberty Electric

11774 SE Jennifer Street
Clackamas

Light Benders-Solatube

12825 SW Beaverdam Rd
Beaverton

LiveLight Energy

1815 NW 169th Pl
Beaverton

MasterPro Service Inc

61115 Parkwood Ct
Bend

Meoak Contracting LLC

16491 Hiram AVe

Mike Bowlin Concrete

14220 SE Foster Rd
Dayton

Mr. Sun Solar

804 N. Alberta St
Portland

My Own 2 Hands

185th Ave
Beaverton

My Utility Brokers

9344 Tarryton Ave.

NATURAL LIGHT SKYLIGHT CO

8421 SW 59TH AVE.
Portland

Neil Kelly Design Build Remodeling

804 N Alberta St
Portland

NEW PATH RENEWABLES INC

PO BOX 1365
Bend

New World Inc

3439 NE SANDY BLVD STE 689
Portland

ON DEMAND COMFORT LLC

PO BOX 22857
Portland

Orient Electric

30532 SE Bluff Rd
Gresham

Orion Power Group

2917 Vail Ave.

Permit-It.com

PO Box 998

Premier Electric

PO Box P
Corvallis

PRIME ROOFING

P.O. BOX 1786
Beaverton

Pristine Greening Corp

11124 NE Halsey St. STE 670
Portland

QUALITY WINDOW WASHING

16613 SE FISHER DR

Raindrop Roofing NW

8305 SW Cirrus Drive
Beaverton

Richart Family, Inc.

14600 NE 20TH AVE

RS Energy

20915 SW 105th Avenue
Tualatin

RUPP FAMILY CONSTRUCTION , INC

29030 SW Town Center Loop E
Wilsonville

Russell Restoration

20915 SW 105th Av
Tualatin

Sakura Solar

2440 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland

SERAPHIM ENERGY

PO BOX 662

SOLAR ESCAPE

8507 S 5th St Ste 103

Solar Universe-Portland

556 Sommerset Rd

SolarWorld

25300 NW Evergreen Rd
Hillsboro

SolTerra Systems

3220 1st Ave S

Solterra Systems Inc

79 SE Taylor St
Portland

Stalcup Roofing

27492 S Kinzy Rd
Estacada

Stapleton Electric & Solar

2314 SE 12th Ave
Portland

Steve Zielinski, General Contractor

1414 SE 40th Ave
Portland

Stride Construction

9222 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland

Structurz,Inc.

pmb 606/8002 Ne hwy 99 ste b

SUN DOG CONSTRUCTION

Mt. Tabor. SE Portland.
Portland

Sunbridge Solar

1631 NE Broadway #320
Portland

Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc. (Portland)

402 S. Beavercreek Rd
Oregon City

Sunset Air Inc

5210 Lacey Blvd

SUNSET HEATING & COOLING INC

0607 SW IDAHO ST
Portland

Sunset Solar Electric LLC

1535 NW 136th Ave.
Portland

Synchro Solar

1339 SE 8th Avenue
Portland

TEAM CLEAN WINDOWS & MORE

8900 SW Burnham St
Tigard

Van Specialties Inc

19400 SW 125th Ct
Tualatin

Volt Electric

13241 SE Holgate
Portland

VPE Electrical Services

8317 NE 126th Ave.

West Side Electric Co Inc

1834 Southeast 8th Ave
Portland

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