Energy of the future
Imagine waking up in 2050. Your bedside light will fade on when it’s time to get up, the coffee machine will be running before you get downstairs and the garden sprinkler will start as soon as the plants are dry. As you drive away in your electric car, the heating in the house will switch off automatically and the robot hoover starts cleaning the floors. This is no longer a futuristic view: the future is now. But all of these innovations have one thing in common: they require energy. And it is precisely in this area where dramatic changes will be needed in the coming years in order to generate and use new energy. How do we ensure that everyone has enough energy? That is what we are working on now, for the future.
There is still a lot to be done, because 80 per cent of our energy still comes from oil, coal and gas.
On our way
Energy transition. The word is everywhere. But what is it really? What will you notice in your home? And is it really coming? We are in fact already in the midst of it. But it is not happening as quickly as scientists would like. And that is not because we are running out of fossil fuels, as used to be the main concern. The need for new forms of energy is much more urgent: our changing climate. And your family car could well have a more positive impact on the transition than we would have imagined.
In order to combat further global warming, countries worldwide have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Paris Agreement. The Dutch translation of this is: to roughly halve our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and reduce emissions to zero by 2050. A lot has to be done to achieve this, because 80 per cent of our energy still comes from oil, coal and gas. Just like in the 1970s, says Gert Jan Kramer, Professor of Sustainable Energy Supply Systems and head of the Utrecht hub Energy Transition.
Energy transition means two things: renewable energy becoming the dominant energy supply, and bringing emissions to zero, explains the Utrecht energy professor. Those are indeed two different ambitions: You can also continue to use fossil fuels, and capture and store the CO2. Or you could use nuclear power, for example. But that is not renewable.
So, clean and renewable. That translates mainly into solar and wind energy. Sounds simple, but it will require a radical change, says Kramer. A change in land use (because where do you put all those windmills and solar panels), market forces (after all, the sun and the wind belong to everyone) and electrification (because not everything can run on electricity yet). The latter – electricity as the only source of energy – also directly affects its user. Which means you. Because cooking with gas, heating your house with coal and driving a car with petrol no longer fits into that picture of the future. To what extent is your heating, kitchen and car already future-proof?
In my backyard please
Sustainable energy generation used to be a matter of ‘not-in-my-backyard’. But today we increasingly do want it in our own backyard, or rather: on our own roof. Ultimate democracy, is what solar energy professor Wilfried van Sark calls it: generating your own energy. Resistance to solar energy is decreasing, just as the options become more aesthetically pleasing. You now see many black solar panels, which are already less conspicuous. And there are roof tiles available with solar cells in them. These days we can even place images, such as a brick pattern, between the glass and the solar cells. We are also working on solar cells in Windows, using nanocrystals. Aesthetically and technically we can do more and more, says Van Sark, who has already made ‘stained glass’ solar panels. I expect that roof tiles in their current form will disappear, and there will be a new type of roof construction with integrated solar cells.
Energy-neutral houses are no longer an exception, we will increasingly move towards energy-producing houses
Solar energy is expected to be the dominant energy source, along with wind energy. But to make that happen, we still have to install a lot of solar panels. We need to make good use of all the roofs. So even on the north side or in partial shade. Solar panels cost so little nowadays that it will be cost-efficient in a just few years, even with lower yields per panel. If we cover all the roofs, we will have enough energy for all households. Energy-neutral houses are no longer an exception; in fact, Van Sark expects that we will increasingly move towards energy-producing houses and flats.
The rumour that the production of solar panels would be so polluting that it would not outweigh the benefits of generated energy and CO2 savings is a myth, by the way, which Van Sark has already busted many times. It’s bullshit, says Van Sark. Yes, CO2 is released in production and it requires energy, but the break-even point is less than two years.”
Compared to fossil fuels, renewable energy presents a new challenge though: solar energy is less predictable and varies considerably, resulting in significant peaks and troughs in energy generation. The combination with wind energy solves this to some extent: sunshine is plentiful in spring and summer; in autumn and winter the wind blows a little harder. But we should make more and better use of the peak moments when plenty of electricity is generated, by using energy precisely at those moments and storing the surplus to be used later.
Beyond shame of flying
Whereas cars are currently part of the emission problem, they may soon become part of the solution. Not only are electric cars the ideal way to bypass the use of fossil fuels, they can also store electricity at peak times and return it when there is a shortage. In the process, they can compensate for fluctuations and avoid having to activate a polluting power station to generate additional electricity on cloudy days. The electric car therefore has a surprising dual role to play in the energy transition.
It all starts with Smart charging, explains energy scientist Wouter Schram: That means not plugging in and starting to charge straight away, but using an IT component to optimise the moment of charging at times when CO2 emissions are lowest. For example, you can set your car to charge only when there is plenty of sun and wind. This also helps to prevent the electricity grid from becoming overloaded; the growing number of private solar panels is causing peak times in the electricity network. At the moment, homeowners still receive money when they sell their electricity to the grid. But this so-called net metering regulation is being phased out as the government encourages you to use and store your self-generated energy as smartly as possible.
A car battery can power your house for more than a week
This can be done in collective neighbourhood batteries, for example, and thus in the battery of your electric car. When your car battery supplies electricity back to your house, it can power your house for more than a week,” says Schram. “If we only drove electric vehicles in the Netherlands, and if we optimised the charging process, on average it would contribute more to the peak demand than all of the Netherlands’ coal-powered plants combined. In time, second-hand car batteries could also serve as home batteries to reduce CO2 production.
There are still some hurdles to cross, however: Not all electric cars can deliver back to the grid at the moment, and not all charging stations are suitable for two-way traffic. We are also currently investigating the extent to which car owners are prepared to use their cars as a buffer. And of course there will be some loss during conversion. At the Utrecht Science Park, experiments are taking place with Smart Solar Charging with bi-directional charging plazas and carports covered with solar panels.
Schram is optimistic about the dual role of electric cars. Electric driving is a concrete way of contributing something. The shame of flying is turning into shame of driving; electric cars make people feel good and are becoming more and more popular. Smart charging is definitely going to happen, and I think there is a good chance that the electric car will also increasingly serve as a buffer in the energy supply.
Swiss Army knife
When you hear ‘energy transition’, you often hear ‘hydrogen’ mentioned in the same breath. ‘Green’ hydrogen is created by splitting water with the help of sustainably generated electricity. The hydrogen obtained is like a Swiss Army knife that can be used for all sorts of applications. Hydrogen is the only fuel that does not emit CO2 when burned. You can also use hydrogen to replace fossil sources for the production of fertilisers, liquid fuels and chemical building blocks. We can also store energy in the form of hydrogen, and convert it back into electricity at a later date. Hydrogen will play a major role in the energy transition, says Petra de Jongh, Professor of Catalysis and Materials for Sustainable Energy.
Due to the variability of solar and wind energy, storage in particular is becoming an essential component in the transition. Energy can also be stored in batteries, but these are unsuitable for long distances and high power, such as in aircraft, trucks and the chemical industry, because the battery required would be too large. In the energy transition, green hydrogen will first replace fossil hydrogen – produced with natural gas – in industry and will then also play an important role in energy storage.
But no hydrogen will flow through your gas pipes to heat your home or cook on, and running your city car on hydrogen is not the future either, says De Jongh. If you can use electricity directly, then you should always do that, it’s much more economical. If you want to drive on hydrogen, you first have to use electricity to make hydrogen, which then again provides electricity in your car. That wastes a lot of energy in the process.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles are less practical as a passenger cars now that you can drive just fine on a battery, says De Jongh. We used to think that batteries wouldn’t be light enough for that, but we never could have predicted that the development would go so quickly. We are now working on the next step: batteries that no longer contain any liquid, making them even safer and lighter. For houses and cars, that is a much more logical application than hydrogen.
The big rebuild
Simply having enough electricity doesn’t get us quite where we need to be, though. Can you already cook or heat your home using only electricity? This change is imminent for many homes, because by 2050 the Netherlands aims to ‘get rid of gas’. This is not because gas is so polluting – actually, natural gas is the cleanest of all the fossil fuels. It has more to do with the large numbers involved: with 7 million homes and 1 million other buildings, switching away from natural gas will make quite a difference in the use of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions, says Robert Harmsen, researcher in Energy and Resources at Utrecht University.
Getting rid of gas means tackling more than 600 homes a day. We barely manage that on an annual basis
If we are to be ready for this by 2050, then we will definitely have to pick up the pace. Do the math: 7 million homes in 30 years’ time means tackling more than 600 homes a day. We barely manage that on an annual basis. What’s more, it requires many professionals: plumbers, electricians, insulation experts. They are not readily available, says Harmsen, who researches gas-free pilot neighbourhoods and advises on the most convenient approach, for example per type of house rather than per neighbourhood. The task is enormous and is growing by the day.”
The transition involves more than simply flipping a switch. The most important step is to insulate the house from top to bottom. An electric heat pump cannot heat the water in the heating system as much as a central heating boiler can, so without good insulation the house simply won’t get warm. Poor insulation also wastes a lot of the heat generated, resulting in a higher energy bill. It’s like running a bath with the stopper not (properly) in place.
A point of concern is that the gas-free ambition is taking the discussion about the energy transition hostage. And there is still a lot of scepticism about eliminating natural gas entirely, says Harmsen. It would be a completely different story if politicians were to say: we are going to insulate, with an improvement in living comfort, a healthier home and a lower energy bill as a result. That is an ambition that no one can oppose.”
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Behind the front door
Packaging the energy transition properly and getting people on board is vital. The transition has an impact behind people’s front doors, and not everyone is jumping at the chance. The result: popular resistance. The energy transition is being imposed upon you. As a consumer, it is very difficult to influence it; there is no opportunity to enter into discussion or to participate, says legal expert and political scientist Sanne Akerboom, who is currently researching citizen participation and action perspectives, as well as resistance to the energy transition.
We are only at the beginning of the energy transition, and resistance is growing
“Things have to change,” says Akerboom. “We are only at the beginning of the energy transition, and resistance is growing. The most important conditions for citizen participation are: being involved in decision-making at an early stage, entering into a dialogue and being open to alternatives. At the moment, it is often the case that if and when citizens are allowed to have their say, the most important decisions have already been made and all the ideas put forward are rejected.
over, says Akerboom, it is important to acknowledge that the energy transition can also have negative consequences. For example, for those living near wind turbines, for tenants without any prospects for action, or for vulnerable households. By looking at the effects on different groups in advance, we can prevent negative consequences sooner and better. After all, if the energy transition is not experienced as fair, it will not be readily accepted either.
According to Akerboom, a different definition of success could help to get citizens on board with the energy transition: We currently measure success in terms of CO2 savings and cost-effectiveness. We could also look at added value: how do we make houses more liveable now and in thirty years’ time, by not only insulating houses better but also cooling and ventilating them.
The social risk of sustainability
Technological development has long ceased to be the challenge; it is now in fact primarily a social issue, in which the fair distribution of energy cannot be taken for granted. Solar energy can brighten some people’s lives, but it can cast a long shadow over others’. Because not everyone has their own roof to put solar panels on, the necessary financial resources or their own parking space where an electric car can serve as a home battery – think about people living in flats and social housing. What about them?
There is a danger that the energy transition will create greater inequality. Rental properties, for example, are often poorly insulated, so heating costs are high. When conventional energy becomes more expensive, that bill will only get higher, warns Akerboom. Energy poverty is already a serious problem, says Jesse Hoffman, who researches the social impact of the energy transition: It means people are spending more than 10 percent of their income on energy; in the Netherlands that applies to 600,000 to 800,000 people.
Energy poverty is already a serious problem
That risk is all the greater because of the places where energy transition policies are focused, says Hoffman: Natural gas-free pilot projects often take place in neighbourhoods that are already seen as vulnerable, such as Utrecht Overvecht and Rotterdam Zuid, where there is a lot of housing corporation ownership and it is easy to make big changes, says Hoffman. The idea among policymakers is that adapting the infrastructure is also an excellent opportunity to do something about employment and public space, which leads to social improvement. Or by transferring property to local citizens’ cooperatives, which creates new opportunities for community building and involvement.
But the reality is more complicated, says Hoffman. Because it’s not easy to actually link the energy task with the social task, if a flat has to be rebuilt and the street is opened up. We advise policymakers how to come up with ways to make this connection in an active and inclusive manner together with residents. We believe that ‘futuring’ can help: we bring the future into the present, by actively creating a story beyond the FOCUS on technical aspects, says Hoffman. A story about what is possible and desirable, in figures and numbers, but above all a story supported by striking images. Like the exhibition Places of Hope, which offers a new perspective on the Northern Dutch provinces of tomorrow.
In the coming years, Hoffman will join an international team of experts to investigate which policy measures related to solar and wind energy have an impact on social (in)equality and participation. We do that here in the Netherlands, but also in countries like India and South Africa, where energy poverty and citizen participation are an even bigger problem. In the process, we can learn how policy not only triggers the energy transition, but can also bring about social empowerment.
A new wind is blowing. New energy is on the way: energy that paves the way to a world with clean air and less CO2 emissions. The road to a better future. This road not only requires technology and innovation, but also the involvement of citizens and residents. Your participation and mine. At Utrecht University, we look beyond technical development and work together to create a better world that gives you the energy you need – today and in the future.
How Much Does Solar Panel Installation Cost, and Is It Worth It?
- and more Filipinos are opting for green energy, and solar power, in particular, is fast gaining popularity. Living in a tropical country, it seems like the logical choice. But how much does it actually cost to have solar panels installed, and can you really end up paying zero in electricity bills?
For couple Paul and Ella Baes, it has all been worth it. While having their home constructed, they made the conscious decision to have solar panels installed at the same time. “I actually worked in France,” Paul tells the OG team. “Working abroad, nakakita ako ng mga solar panels with my French colleagues and tuwang-tuwa sila kapag nakakapag-harvest sila ng three or four months since sa Europe kasi ‘di ba four seasons so limited lang yung time for summer.”
That’s when he realized that he wanted to give solar power a shot since the Philippines has more than six months of dry weather. Incidentally, they were having their house built at the time. READ MORE: 15K Monthly Electricity Bill With 5 AC Units And. Naging Zero Because Of Solar Panels
How it works
At the Baes’ home, they have an inverter device that converts the generated energy from direct current to alternating current, allowing them to use the electricity for household appliances.
Paul explains the three kinds of energy systems: on-grid, which relies on the public utility grid; off-grid, which is usually used in the provinces where power sources may not be as reliable; and hybrid system, a combination of the on and off-grid systems which is the most expensive but also the most optical system. What’s great about on-grid systems is that any excess harvested energy can be applied and deducted on succeeding electricity bills via Meralco’s net metering application. With off-grid systems, meanwhile, energy can be supplied the household rain or shine. READ MORE: Metro Manila Schools to be Solar Powered by March ‘14
Before having their solar panels installed, Paul and Ella’s monthly electricity bill used to range from P12,000 to P15,000. Nowadays, it ranges from P0 to P2,000 or P2,500. That’s despite running their air-conditioners 24/7. “Sobrang nagulat kami how effective the solar panels na mag-reduce talaga ng bill,” Ella shares.
No challenges, zero-maintenance
The couple also noted that there weren’t any challenges apart from the solar panels being extremely heavy. It was advantageous that they had both the house and solar system contractors working at the same time so they could coordinate with each other on requirements like further reinforcing the roof. The contractor also takes care of assessing and recommending the best system and kilowatt-hour capacity for the customer’s house. Ella also adds that the solar system is zero-maintenance, apart from the occasional checkups. “Never pa kami tumawag kay contractor na nagka-problem kami or kailangan magpa-maintain ng panels,” Paul says. “There’s also an application sa phone na puwede mong i-access.”
A worthy investment
All in all, they spent around P200,000 for the system: P100,000 for the solar panels, P50,000 for the installation, with the remaining cost for the net metering application. A hefty price, for sure, but a sound investment for long-term savings, Ella reassures. Their return-on-investment is projected at 3 and a half years, especially as they’ve had zero monthly electricity bills for six months already.
Paul also emphasizes the electrical freedom it provides. “Hindi mo na iisipin talaga yung monthly electricity cost mo,” he says. “So kung dati medyo conscious ka, ‘A, sige, medyo i-limit natin yung gaimt ng aircon,’ now, kahit 24/7, ‘A, sige, okay lang.’ Kumportable na ‘di mo na talaga iisipin. ‘Sige, may harvest naman tayo.’” Watch the full video feature here:
Pressure Washing Roofs and Solar Panels to Remove Soot and Creosote
Did you know New Jersey ranks number one for installed solar capacity per square mile? The state also leads in planned community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income households.
Maybe you’ve noticed more solar panel installations in your neighborhood. Perhaps you get a portion of your electricity from solar power.
If so, you’ve likely installed your panels on the roof. How will you clean the roof and the solar panels?
We’ve put together the quick pressure washing guide to help homeowners determine whether they should consider pressure washing roofs with solar panels installed. You’ll want to read it before starting your next roof maintenance project.
What Is Pressure Washing?
Most people have at least seen a pressure cleaner—the machine used to clean large surfaces on both residential homes and commercial buildings. Even if you’ve never used one personally, you’ve seen the results of using a pressure washer on a deck or driveway.
It’s a powerful machine that harnesses the power of water sprayed at between 500-3100 PSI. A pressure washer can remove every trace of grime, salt, mold, and other ugly stains. Contractors can pressure wash a wide range of surfaces, including the roof on your home.
You may also have heard of soft washing. Soft washing uses the same machine, but the water sprays at a lower pressure—500 PSI or less.
Pressure Washing Tips for Roofs
Your home’s roof bears many burdens when it comes to weather. Every season brings the potential for dirt and debris to accumulate on the top. That means you’ll need to take care of seasonal cleaning yourself or hire a professional pressure washing contractor.
You’ve probably heard opinions about whether you can or cannot use a pressure washer to clean your roof.
It’s more about whether you want to risk damaging your roof by using the wrong pressure washing techniques. than one homeowner has caused damage to roof shingles when they set the water pressure on the machine way too high.
And then, there’s the issue of safety. If you’re not steady on a ladder, your project could end in disaster if you fall.
The best tip is to let a professional pressure washing company take on cleaning your roof.
Can You Pressure Wash Solar Panels?
If you’ve installed solar panels on your roof, you may be even more concerned about pressure washing. Yes, we agree, It’s a valid concern.
As you can imagine, solar panels get dusty and dirty. If they’re not kept clean, they won’t work efficiently. However, living in New Jersey with high humidity, you need to be concerned. In a state with seasonal weather changes and where warm weather and humidity are high, mold, mildew, and algae can grow quickly.
While it sounds like it might be a great idea to take care of two projects at once, you should not pressure wash your solar panels.
You need to talk to the company that takes care of pressure washing your roof and make sure they are knowledgeable and experienced in cleaning solar panels.
We Take Care of Pressure Washing Roofs
Whether you have solar panels installed or not, when you’re ready to have your roof cleaned, our power washing team at A Brilliant Solution has the expertise to handle the complete roof and solar panel cleaning project.
With over 15 years in the business of pressure washing residential and commercial property roofs, siding, decks, concrete, walkways, driveways and more, our team knows how to handle even the most delicate jobs.
Reach out to A Brilliant Solution Power Washing today for a consultation and a free estimate.
Solar Energy Customer Reviews
We didn’t get to the top without our loyal and much-appreciated customers. As a Solar Company, review means a lot to us. Please take a moment to read the praise!
Lagunitas Brewing Company Solar Review
Westcoast Solar took the time to really understand our needs and proposed a project that was perfectly aligned with our interests.
They treat solar projects as construction projects with a great attention to detail and a long-term FOCUS on durability and have been great partners for us.
Karen Hamilton of Lagunitas Brewing Company
I’m in Utah and in the process of getting solar installed and I’m down to the final two bids. I was doing some research on YouTube and came across a video of a guy from Westcoast Solar showing you how to clean your panels. He seemed like a nice enough guy so I decided to call them and see if I could pick their brains.
I called right after they opened and I spoke to Peter the GM. I explained to him that I’m in Utah and that I was trying to get an unbiased opinion on the two bids and the equipment the companies are using. Peter went completely above and beyond to help me, instead of just answering a couple of questions for me he took the time to go over both bids with me and answered all of the questions that I had. He talked to me for a good 15 – 20 minutes (but I know that he was busy I could hear the door chime in the background) and made sure that all of my questions were answered before we hung up.
Because of Peter, I’m able to make a more educated purchase. I would love to be able to buy my system from Westcoast Solar, Peter’s willingness to take that much time and effort to make sure that I’m comfortable knowing that he will never make any money off of me speaks volumes for him and Westcoast Solar Energy.
Donovan R in West Jordan, Utah
Had them install solar on my granny unit. Extremely professional and very knowledgeable. Small system installation but treated me like a million dollar customer. Cleaned up each night and worked fast to get the job done and done right. Would absolutely hire Westcoast Solar Energy again and am recommending to my friends.
Excellent, excellent, excellent right up to the last minute. Douglas B.
I had no clue how to maintain the solar panels on the home I am renting but I watched a video on YouTube produced by Westcoast Solar and now I’ll get up there and clean mine when it gets cool and monitor if the production becomes more efficient. They are really dirty and I had a 100 electric bill last month where it is normally like 3.00 a month in Palmdale, CA. We leave our AC at 74 all day every day! I’ll report back!
Everyone at Westcoast Solar was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I appreciated their good communications with me through the process – especially when I had questions or needed clarifications. I was particularly impressed with Bob when I first met him. He helped make my choice of vendors easier based on his presentation and knowledge. Matt and RJ were also terrific!
SepiSolar Solar Review
For me, it’s all about trust and Westcoast Solar Energy does what they say they will do.
They don’t cut corners and are direct and honest about the status of problems, issues or any other risk factors. Integrity, reliability, and attention to detail are hard to find which is why I recommend them.
I first encountered Westcoast Solar as a vendor looking to assist their equipment fleet, as they have lots of large equipment that helps them complete big projects.
When we purchased a home nearby, I called about putting in solar.
They responded quickly, promptly made a site visit, and provided a quote that was a good price. I was impressed with the quality components they proposed to use, their level of professionalism, and good explanations of what utility rebates are available and how the system is scalable for future upgrades.
One fact I was pleasantly surprised to learn, is that in California if you put in solar, it generally increases the home value by the cost you put in. So it essentially pays for itself immediately in equity!
I have not pulled the trigger, yet, only because we still have all gas appliances and our electric usage is not large. Once we replace the appliances with electric, Westcoast Solar will be my first call.
Thanks for the great YouTube video on cleaning solar panels. We just had a big dust storm and my panels really needed cleaning.
Westcoast Solar Energy fulfilled every promise they made. S.B. in Sebastopol
Very satisfied with the installation and design of the system; it was a CLEAN install. Everything was great in how the solar works and how the process works in getting permits and dealing with PGE. The crew covered every part of the project and included good ideas on upgrades for the solar panels as well.
Westcoast Solar is top notch! Darren came to our home and his knowledge and professionalism impressed us. He was prompt, friendly and extremely helpful. We appreciated the time and effort he took when answering our questions.
Inman Family Wines Solar Review
I used Westcoast Solar for the PV system for my new winery (Inman Family Wines) and they did an excellent job.
The county inspector said it was some of the best electrical work he had seen. We were very pleased.
Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines
Watched Westcoast Solar Energy do a great video on YouTube about cleaning solar panels.
I heard of Westcoast Solar Energy from my son-in-law who works in the solar industry. His high recommendation for the company was reinforced by their YouTube video on how to clean solar panels. Great presentation! Very quick, thorough and exactly what I needed to know about cleaning my panels for the first time.
Thank you Westcoast Solar for the tutorial and when I get moved to California and need some panels, you are who I will call.
Linda Y. in Navarre, Florida
They did an excellent job and the solar system works great. Curtis M. in Rohnert Park
Very good company with great ethics. They came out and evaluated my home and came to the conclusion that I was not using enough electricity to make it worth it for us. But if things change I would use them for sure.
We just had our solar system installed by Westcoast Solar Energy and are thrilled. Darren, the salesman, was very professional, walking us through all of the steps and answered all of our questions. We had many delays with conflicting SCEIP contractors and Westcoast Solar never complained. They were ready as soon as we received approval and installed the system while the roofers were installing the new roof.
Each concern I had with the install was explained and my requests were all accommodated. We also had our very old unreliable service panel replaced. The new panel required some modifications that were completed in a very professional installation. Sam, the head electrician, is great and his team did a wonderful job completing the project on time.
My wife and I are very excited about our new solar system and we feel that Westcoast Solar Energy will be there for us if we need them in the future. They have been in business for a long time, and by the professionalism exhibited and quality workmanship, will continue to be for a long time. We highly recommend using Westcoast Solar Energy to fulfill your energy system needs.
Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estates Solar Review
We decided to remove a third of an acre of Malbec grapes where the solar benefits outweighed the value of the fruit.
The Westcoast Solar Energy team used directional drilling technology to bury cable 8 feet underground without disturbing nearby vines.
We traded our electric bill to finance solar and the results more than justified our decisions.
Jeff Cummings of Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estates
I’ve had my system up and running just a short while but I am very happy with the results thus far. Westcoast Solar Energy did a great job on the install and was very professional and stayed on task to get through the project in a timely fashion. I had shopped too many bids. Theirs was not only very competitive but I liked their single pole ground mount system and American made panels. Solar will pay for itself because our home is entirely electric.
I highly recommend Westcoast Solar to help anyone achieve their ultimate state/shade of green.
Excellent and very pleased. Darren was very patient and thorough answering our questions. It was not a ‘hard sale’ but convincing because of the level of confidence in the company, products, and installation. Easiest and least disruptive home improvement project to date. A professional crew with good communication and I always knew what was going to happen next and when.
Will definitely recommend them to anyone in the market for solar! Dale B in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida
These guys are great to work with! Friendly knowledgeable and great customer service. I appreciate the time they took to explain everything in detail.
We have a new solar system but didn’t know how to clean it. Google brought us Westcoast Solar Energy’s video. It answered all of our questions, and we are ready to go. Thanks guys.
Mauritson Wines Solar Review
The interface between my company and Westcoast Solar Energy was seamless.
I received daily emails with schedules, inspection updates, etc. which made this a hands-off infrastructure improvement without having to involve my time.
A truly turnkey installation.
Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Wines
We purchased our system in March 2010 for our home. We were thrilled with the quality of service, the cleanup and how Westcoast Solar Energy worked with the City Inspector who was quite particular. They were professional and answered all of our questions during the install. Years after our system installation, I can still call with questions and they are happy to be of service.
We love our solar system and still can’t recommend Westcoast Solar enough!
Patricia Miller in Rohnert Park
We have lived in our house for 32 years, and I can honestly say we have never had a better team of people work for us. It was well presented, well executed, and the whole process was a delight. We are also extremely happy with the end result.
Bob was fantastic from the beginning link on the computer until the final walk-through at the end. He was very knowledgeable, straightforward and fun to talk to. He is a definite asset to the company and one of the major reasons we felt comfortable with Westcoast Solar Energy. The installers, Sam and Robert, were very professional, timely and did a great job with clean up. We did have an issue with our roof construction, which was done a bit differently, so they, very kindly, came out to explain the installation differences which required more work while still honoring the first bid.
We belong to the Mauritson wine club, and Clay spoke very highly of Westcoast Solar Energy. We never approached another solar company. I can’t think of anything that would enhance your business. It was a rewarding experience and we wish you all great success.
Just seen the YouTube video on how to clean solar panels. Great advice was given. I will definitely be cleaning my panels in the evening!
Great company and good quality workmanship. Anthony L. in Rohnert Park
My system was installed two years ago by Westcoast Solar and they did a super job. Thank you guys so much, especially RJ. If you want the best for solar, choose Westcoast Solar Energy.
I looked online to learn how to clean my panels. I didn’t think it would be hard but just wanted to be sure. The video Westcoast Solar Energy produced was perfect. Professional, friendly, informative and thorough. I would imagine they would translate this into their whole business.
Multi-Contact USA Solar Review
Westcoast Solar Energy was chosen as the solar contractor to install our 205-kilowatt solar system on our U.S. Headquarters building.
From their consultants to their installation crews, they offered a level of professionalism that is reflected in the quality of the work performed.
I am delighted with the system and with Westcoast Solar Energy.
Dustin Carver of Multi-Contact USA
Westcoast Solar Energy, while not the least expensive, was by far the most responsive and thorough in our year-long quest to find the right solar company for our needs. From the sales team to the installers, they were just so enthusiastic about their jobs that it rubs off on you. They were very professional but fun. The quality of their work was the best. The inspector for the county even complimented their work.
Use Westcoast Solar Energy, you will not be sorry.
Excellent YouTube video on cleaning of rooftop residential solar panels. Very much appreciated, as my 5kW array is really covered with pollen right now!
Richard S. in Pinellas Park, Florida
Westcoast Solar Energy was polite, knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with. David Sunni Stecher
Needed help on how to clean our solar panels and found their video on YouTube. It was great. Their methods worked awesome on our solar panels. Thanks for the help and info Westcoast Solar Energy!
We are very happy with our new solar system and how professionally it was installed by Hunter Mike! We appreciate how well they explained what they were doing and their skill in making it look and work well. Darren provided a detailed contract that met our needs and was responsive while answering many questions by email and phone.
Although we didn’t know that we would need to move tenants’ cars, etc. on the day of the digging, all other aspects of the installation were planned and communicated well and the entire installation went fast and professional. The Westcoast Solar Energy crew did a great job of daily clean up and of locking our front gates.
We also appreciated that the CEO, he was onsite several days and he approved two upgrades (Rapid shut off and water) at no additional cost. He has pride in his business, his team, and their work. Also, we appreciate the office folks who arranged for PGE and county approvals.
Mike Fanning in Sebastopol
Westcoast Solar Energy was very organized, efficient and very polite. Darren was exceptional at being informative, not pushy and easy to deal with and cleaned up every day.
Ready to save your money by going solar? Call Westcoast Solar Energy at (707) 664-6450 today.