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Custom System Design

Completing a Site Assessment

Think about the roof space you are considering for a solar installation. Is this roof space open to the sun from 9 am to 4 pm, with minimal shade from trees or surrounding objects? If so, the next step to finding out whether your house will be a great solar production location is to have a solar contractor come out and complete a solar site assessment.

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Solar Panels (Modules)

Due to unique “Made-In-Washington” incentives that pay up to $0.54/kWh and their high quality craftsmanship, Western Solar uses almost exclusively Itek Energy solar panels on all residential and commercial systems. We also offer out-of-state options as well, and will work with you to determine the best option for your individual goals and needs.

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Choosing an Inverter

There are two types of inverters currently available on the market: micro-inverters and string inverters. Which one you should go with depends on several factors, such as any intermittent shading of the site, preferred format of system monitoring, and cost. Both types of inverters have their advantages, and we can help you choose the option that best suits your financial needs and desired results.

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Roof & Ground Mounts

An ideal site for a solar PV system is open to the sun from 9 am to 4 pm, with little shading from trees and surrounding objects. For some, a south-facing roof fits the bill, but those with available land also have the option of going with a ground mounted solar array. Your Western Solar representative will look at the available solar resource at your site and help you pick the type of array that’s best for you.

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Web Monitoring

Web monitoring of your solar PV system is offered as an option on all of Western Solar’s systems, provided your site has reliable internet access. Online monitoring allows you to receive reports on your solar energy production and ensure the system is functioning as intended. The monitoring solution offered and accompanying features will depend on which inverter is used for the system.

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Battery Backup & Off-Grid Systems

With a traditional grid-tied solar systems using either micro or string inverters, your system is required by law to shutdown when the utility grid goes down.  If you are concerned about long-term power outages due to world events, or live in an area where there are frequent short-term power outages, there is the option to install a grid-tied, battery back-up system.

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