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Summer Solstice in Seattle

The Summer Solstice in Seattle is a day of notoriety for numerous reasons to many people across our region. Whether it be rising early for an extended day of outdoor activities or aligning your chakras with the sun, the day is always a bit special. One thing that might not (yet!) be high on people's list, though, is a high amount of solar production possible on this long day. ...

Solterra Client Spotlight: Meet Karen T.

When Karen first became interested in solar energy, she was looking to offset her electricity consumption after adding AC to her home and switching to an electric heat pump over the winter.  “Solar is a long-term investment that I know will eventually pay off monetarily, but for sure will pay off in doing my part to reduce my emissions. I love my new solar and tell everyone about it.  Of course, the question is, ‘What are the payoffs in investment?’.  In my opinion, if you love where you live, and are going to stay for a while, solar is a no-brainer.” ...

HOAs and Solar: Myths vs. Reality

Myth: My homeowner’s association won’t allow Solar. If you live in a planned neighborhood or development, chances are you had to join a homeowner’s association (HOA) when buying your property. HOAs establish rules for a neighborhood’s aesthetic and play an important role in raising money for shared amenities. Reality: There is good news. Your HOA should respect your solar access rights!...

[Battery Series] An Overview on Backups

With the recent fires on the west coast and the ice storm in Texas that have shut down electrical utilities in recent years, backup power has come front of mind for a lot of people. Because roof top solar does not work in the event of a power outage adding a battery to a solar system is a great way to maintain solar power when grid power goes down. ...

Why Choose a Loan Over Paying Cash?

We all have our comfort levels with the amount of upfront cash we like to have ready to spend on big purchases. “Cash is king” is a common expression, and it’s important to weigh your options before using hard-earned cash to pay for solar panels. Kurt Chhay was born in Cambodia and came to Seattle in 1981. Before joining the solar industry, he worked as a car mechanic. While he still enjoys working on cars, Kurt is happy to have made the switch to solar. I sat down with Kurt to learn a little bit more about his role at Solterra....

Solterra Staff Spotlight: Meet Kurt Chhay

Welcome to Solterra’s employee spotlight, where once a month we will interview a member of the amazing Solterra team! This week on the blog, we are highlighting an integral team member who knows the solar industry in and out and always keeps us laughing. Kurt Chhay was born in Cambodia and came to Seattle in 1981. Before joining the solar industry, he worked as a car mechanic. While he still enjoys working on cars, Kurt is happy to have made the switch to solar. I sat down with Kurt to learn a little bit more about his role at Solterra....

Subaru’s New EV Has a Familiar Name…

The favorite PNW car brand of hikers, cyclists, skiers, dog owners, and many more has entered the EV race!  Subaru has unveiled the name of their new all-electric all-wheel-drive SUV. It will be the 2023 Subaru…Solterra. Since we thrive in complimentary vs. competing industries, they won’t be hearing from our lawyers, but the philosophy of combining the Latin for “sun” and “earth” does seem appropriate to Subaru’s ethos, and of course to our own. ...

Solar Tax Credit Extended!

A year of life in a global pandemic has impacted us all in different ways. In many of our lives, it has been hard to find a silver lining to the clouds. Clouds being less than ideal for the solar industry, we have weathered the storm as a business, and continue to push forward toward more clean energy. In 2020, we installed 1.6 MW of solar over 4,500 solar panels, thanks to our excellent clients and dedicated staff. So far in 2021, we’ve had a record number of homeowners sign up to go solar!...

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