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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.

RENW Team Gains OG 300 Certification


Renewable Energy NW LLC Obtains OG-300 Program Certification

Customers Excited For Even Better Incentives And Quality Standards


solar power idahoRenewable Energy NW LLC has just been awarded the OG-300 Program Certification for their solar thermal HVAC systems. This major certification is one more step take in staying on the cusp of available technology as part of their on-going mission to serve their customers with the very best energy solutions.

This designation means that the solar thermal systems from Renewable Energy NW LLC have been evaluated by the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC) and approved for OG-300 certification. The operating guidelines for this program insure a certain level of quality and efficiency for solar thermal systems that bear it’s certification seal of approval, and is even required in some states in order to be applicable for some incentives.

Simply put, OG-300 certification is the best way to ensure that your solar thermal system will not only meet local regulations and incentive program requirements but also the standards set anywhere in the U.S.

While Renewable Energy NW LLC is already proud to be the lowest cost per BTU system in the USA, this new certification provides these additional benefits to their customers:

Greater Incentives
Some incentive program are not even available without this certifications.

Safety And Durability
Engineers review the system and it’s components to insure they meet comprehensive requirements.

OG-300 certification includes high quality modeling to gauge to performance and energy savings the system can provide from a fair an unbiased third party.

Quality Assurance
Set performance standards help guarantee the level of quality and efficiency so that the consumer can be certain they are making informed choices.

About Renewable Energy NW LLC:
For over a decade Renewable Energy NW LLC has provided the very best in solar thermal HVAC systems for residential and commercial applications.
They have installed over 1,000 solar thermal panels across the state of Idaho and are the premiere source for radiant solar snow melt and solar thermal cooling in the Northwest.

Solar Thermal Does More Than Heat – How COOL Is That?!

Solar Thermal, despite being somewhat of a newer alternative energy technology is finally settling in to the broader awareness of consumers across the nation. It’s ability to cut costs by saving on heating the water for your home is easily it’s most well known application, with solar radiant heating and snow melt being close behind. But did you also know that the same system that you can use to slash your energy budget in half can also help cool your home or business as well?

It’s TRUE!

solar thermalFloor cooling is similar to floor heating that has been used in Europe and other parts of the world over the last several decades. The lines we use to run solar radiant heating through your floors can just as easily use the cool water already present in your home to circulate cool water throughout the building as well.

This ambient cooling provides a great, efficient way to move cooler temperatures through your home in the Summer months without overburdening your electrical system. This style of comfort cooling is exceptional because it works in harmony with your body, cooling not only through the touch but also by lowering the temperature of the air itself as the cooler air moves through the system.

Radiant cooling energy savings depend on the climate and other factors, but on average across the US savings are over 20% compared to conventional systems.  Solar radiant cooling also generally has lower first costs and lifecycle costs compared to conventional systems. While solar radiant heating and cooling may not be right for all applications, spaces with large air volumes, such as loading docks and warehouses, are especially good for radiant floor heating because heating all that air would be inefficient.

In more typical uses solar radiant hvac is more efficient than forced air heating or cooling because there are no drafts or duct losses.

Whether it’s for adding comfort to your home or business, we know that solar thermal can help you save on your energy costs!
Through our partnerships with other exceptional local service provides we’re able to create a comprehensive and holistic energy plan that’s sure to help you save by harnessing the power of the sun! Call 208-577-6537 today to schedule your free solar site visit!

Solar Thermal Efficiency

We love sharing our solar thermal solutions with people and have been fortunate to be part of several home shows this year where we’ve been able to show off our amazing technology! Most people are familiar with traditional Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) systems that have been used for years to generate electric power from the sun but very few know about the true solar thermal technology that we provide.

solar thermal idaho
While regular solar PV can be used to create power very well it falls short when it comes to providing hot water when compared to solar thermal. You see solar PV takes the electrical power it gathers from the direct sunlight and then heats your homes water much in the normal way it always has; this provides an efficiency rate of only about 14%. Alternately, true solar thermal systems use radiant ultra violet energy from the sun to heat water itself providing efficiency upwards of 94% – even on cloudy days.

Both systems have similar tax incentives and are a wonderful alternative to energy from the grid. They even work very well together, along with other solar products like solar lighting, solar attic fans, and other HVAC innovations. And it’s not just for new homes, we love providing whole home holistic solar solutions for existing homes as well! When we update your HVAC with an energy efficient system and add our additional solar HVAC options it’s possible to remove 50% of the total energy from your home.

But, we live in IDAHO! What about Winter time?
Our system uses evacuated glass tubes that contain a vacuum – one of the best natural insulators. We have been in business almost 8 years now and up until this last winter – one of the coldest and snowiest on record in 30 years! – we have never had to sweep off snow; the system is set up so inside the house everything has 100% back up just in case. Our radiant solar snow melting walkways are also a great addition to help keep the flurries at bay.