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More Than Just Solar!

At Renewable Energy NW LLC the services we provide go beyond just solar power for your home, even beyond just solar thermal hot water! When you make the decision to switch to renewable energy with us you set your path for a brighter future – not just for you, but for those who come after you as well.

The solutions we provide start with saving you money today, but you will get all the enjoyment of readily available hot water and energy powered by the sun while you own your home, and when it comes time to sell or to pass that home along. You will be pleasantly pleased to find that the improvements you’ve built into it with us have not only added tremendous value to your resale price, but will add value to the home for years to come for the next owner too.

We’re excited to be able to provide whole home energy solutions to reduce your power bills and increase your enjoyment of your home! While many solar companies are only concerned with how many panels will fit on your roof we instead begin by looking at all the ways we can cut your home energy load before adding any solar. In many cases that may be adding an attic fan, or even just changing the lights you are using, as part of a comprehensive plan to get your energy bills down.

Don’t let worries about big install costs scare you away! Solar is more affordable than ever and we always start with how much technology is needed to fulfill your needs, not a bottom line. Get in touch today for your FREE solar site estimate to learn how we can help you start saving and building a brighter tomorrow, today with solar!

RENW at the Boise Spring Home Show!

We love getting out into the local Idaho community and meeting the people we serve!
It’s always a great opportunity to chat, get to know folks, and answer questions the have about the solar solutions we provide for home and business.

This month we’ll be at the Boise Spring Home Show!

Make a day of it and come on down!
With over 200 displays and remodeling/landscaping inspiration around every corner, there’s always something new popping up at the Boise Spring Home & Garden Show. Brighten up and bring new life to your home this season.

March 14-March 17 2019!
Thurs & Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat 11am-7pm
Sun 11am-5pm

Admission is just $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and kids 12 and under get in free! Bring the whole family and get ready for Spring in Idaho with Renewable Energy NW LLC!
Keep an eye on our website here as well as our Facebook page for all of our upcoming events!

No Worries Winter With Solar!

Summer all but dried up and blew away in a matter of a few weeks here in the Northwest and the sudden change has many people worried that we might be in for another super frigid Winter! That is, people who haven’t harnessed the power of solar thermal!

Many people aren’t familiar with Solar Thermal, and think it’s the same thing as old standard Solar PV which only provides electric power. Solar thermal is a whole different technology! Our particular system is especially efficient as it makes use of the water already coming into your home to circulate heat throughout the building in order to provide not only hot water whenever you need it but also a holistic method of warming your home.

Don’t let the idea of high cost stop you in your tracks either! You don’t have to be loaded with cash because solar thermal saves dollars and makes SENSE! While you will see some cost up front, just like any investment, you’ll be glad to know that solar thermal has one of the fastest paybacks of any renewable energy and you will have the initial cost paid off in just a few years. In the meantime you will be able to enjoy about 50% less cost on your monthly energy bill so you will see the savings right away!

You could be enjoying a soak in your new solar hot tub this Winter while the neighbors are out shoveling snow!

Even better, with our radiant solar snow melt you won’t have to be shoveling either. There’s still plenty of time to get your solar thermal project on the books for this year so get in touch today for your FREE solar site estimate to see how we can start helping you save money on heating your home today!

Get Ready for Retirement Now with Solar Power

Most Americans will look to spend less once they enter retirement years. It just makes sense. Typically, you’re making less money, so you’ll want to find ways to spend less to maintain your current standard of living. One way to save in retirement is by decreasing your dependency on utility companies for supplying power to your home. By using renewable resources like solar energy, we can dramatically reduce, if not remove altogether, our need for power from the electric company.

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Solar Thermal and PV Panel Maintenance and Cleaning

Installing a solar power system is a big undertaking and expense so you will likely want to do everything you can to keep it working, safely and efficiently. Maintaining and cleaning your solar panels is vital to keeping the system working at maximum capacity, providing solar hot water and power for your home or business.

First, scheduling annual cleanings of your solar panels is a good idea. If you live in a dusty area you may even need more frequent cleanings. Dirt, grime and droppings can accumulate on the panels causing them to be less effective. This is just one step of maintaining your solar panels.

During a yearly solar panel cleaning, you will need to follow a few steps, or ensure your solar panel cleaner follows these steps. First, check with your manufacturer’s handbook and see what specific cleaning recommendations they have. Following the manufacturer’s protocol is always a wise decision. Second, schedule your cleaning for a cool, cloudy day, early morning or late afternoon. Cleaning panels in the height of summer can be dangerous because in some cases they can become extremely hot.

In some cases, only a stream of water is needed to clean the dirt or dust off the panels. A squeegee and soapy water can be effective in more grimy situations. Avoid using any metal or harsh products to remove the dirt. Scratching or clouding the glass on the solar panel can have a negative impact on your system.

It is also important to have your solar panels electrical components checked and maintained. A solar power system check should be performed annually. These solar panel maintenance checks allow the equipment to be evaluated and the critical components checked. The solar inverter and solar panels need to run properly to power your home and with a yearly maintenance check they will continue to do so year after year. During the maintenance check, technicians will look for signs of wear or damage. Some repairs may need to be made on the spot like replacing seals or other small repairs.

Maintaining and cleaning your solar panels is a great way to keep them working for years to come. A professional solar panel cleaning is the safest way to get your panels clean and keep them functioning at their peak.