5 Interesting Facts: Solar in Seattle
Rain, sleet and snow will not damage solar panels. Solar panels last longer in Seattle than they do in the desert. Climates with excessive heat and sun actually degrade the panels faster than cool climates. The life expectancy of a solar panel in Seattle is 50 years, as opposed to 30 years in Palm Springs or Phoenix.
Solar panels make a statement. We believe that solar panels make a great visual statement about how the owners feel about energy efficiency, conservation and the reduction of carbon emissions. West Seattle Natural Energy specializes in gorgeous, integrated, custom installations that maximize efficiency by capturing the most possible UV light.
While Location is Everything, We Have Options For Everything Else A solar-equipped house that is surrounded by hills, trees and buildings will enjoy significantly less performance than one with an unobstructed south facing view. West Seattle Natural Energy has a variety of options — including rotating panels and small wind energy systems — that can help homeowners with challenging locations.
Rain or Shine — Solar Panels Work Just Fine Ultraviolet Light (UV) that powers a solar panel is different than Visible Light. UV levels are nearly the same on a cloudy day as they are on a sunny one. Seattle is a great solar city because, on average, the days are longer here than they are down South. Expect higher kWh production during the summer with a dip during the peak of winter.
Solar prices are as low as they’re likely to ever go. Federal, State and Local rebates and tax incentives are in effect to reward early adopters of renewable energy. Manufacturers are selling panels at or below cost to jumpstart the market, so prices won’t be dropping too much lower anytime soon. Today’s prices are 50% lower than they were two years ago. On the other hand, gas and electric utility bills are likely to get higher every year.