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Make Your Home Into A Solar Powerhouse!

A lot of people think that to see any real benefit from solar that you have to have huge sprawling tube arrays all over your roof – that just is not true! A one panel system like this hooked up to existing water heater is $4500 installed cost prior to incentives. Put together with a 30% federal tax credit and 100% deduction on Idaho State taxes over 4 years and there’s no denying that solar saves dollars and makes sense!

idaho solarOur solar thermal solutions are particularly effective when combined with solar PV from our partners at Evengreen Technology!

Here you will see solar radiant heating and water heating combined with another group of panels provide solar thermal snow melt. It is by blending our technology together that we can provide a superior solution and move many homes closer to net zero.

The RENW team visited this customer recently to take a solar shade off the first solar thermal panel.
This renewable energy project was installed in February of 2016; they turned off their hot water heater that month. The extra energy beyond providing all the hot water they will need in the winter will also assist heating the house. With Winter predicted to hit hard this year the difference comfort a solar radiant system could make for you family is something you can feel. No more chilly toes, a warm cozy house, AND lower energy costs – that’s all win!

Have you been considering the move to solar? Prices on installation have continued to go down as efficiency has gone up; it’s a great time to consider the savings that going green can provide for you. We LOVE helping our customer slash their energy bills and live more sustainable lives!


Not Your Grandpa’s Solar!

The incorrect assumption that a large investment is needed is one the primary reason why solar energy is not still not used by many people all over the world. Not only is this idea not right in regards to what solar PV (used primarily for solar power) offers but it’s even less true about solar thermal.

Now, that’s not to say that it’s 100% free or that there are no up-front installation costs involved, but it is to say that this isn’t your grandpa’s old solar array. For instance, did you know that solar thermal can pay off in 3 years against natural gas, 2 years versus electric and 1 year versus propane? True story!

One of the things we love is hearing from our customers about how switching to solar has changed the way they live:

“My June 2009 gas bill was $49. June 2010 was just $4.50! The gas company got so worried they came to check the meter – I just showed them my solar thermal panel!”

Effective. Efficient. Affordable. Sound too good to be true? It’s SCIENCE!
Are you ready to see how solar can help you save? Give us a call today at 208-577-6537 for your FREE site estimate!


Straw Houses and Solar Savings

It’s hard not to get excited when we see so many people saving with solar here in Idaho! What’s more, it’s helping change the way we think about how we build homes and commercial buildings in relation to their environment; that is leading to innovation. 2016 has been a year of amazing growth for the RENW team and we feel very fortunate to continue to have the opportunity to work with others in our great state who have a passion for building a better Idaho.

We’re 1,000 panels install strong thanks to all of our great realtors, builders, dairies, and of course all of YOU!
Amazing! Let’s keep growing strong with solar!

Some of the people who helped make it happen include:
Earthcraft Construction Legacy Homes Paradigm Construction Company Berkeley Building Company, Inc. Flynner design+build Northern Construction Keath Bennett Realtor & Builder United Dairymen of Idaho and all our great partners!

One such project you likely heard of was the straw house in Boise! We got to be part of this wonderful project first hand with our partners at Earthcraft Construction and were thrilled at the reception it received from the local community. Designer Mark L. Hixson is no stranger to straw homes and the many benefits this style of ultra-green construction can provide, having first built his first straw house in 2010.

“It’s cheaper to build, the heating and cooling costs are ten times less than a normal home,” Lung said. “It’s sustainable, you are using a waste product (and) supporting local farmers.”

Falling in line with recent home design trends like the tiny house movement this latest build features a 980 square foot home with a dynamic design with a annual heating and cooling cost right around $65. That’s not a typo dear reader – that’s a 6 and a 5, no 0 behind it to heat and cool and home for the entire year. With figures like that you can see why we’re more than just a little bit excited about the amazing things going on here in the Treasure Valley!

Want to talk more about the straw house and how solar thermal is changing construction in the Northwest?
We’d love to talk to you more! Call for a free estimate or come see us this July 28-31, 2016 at the Canyon County Fair as we kick off the Summer of Solar!


Exciting times for solar!

It really is a wonderful time to be involved in the green energy revolution! Over this past Memorial Day we had some time to reflect on just how fortunate we are here in Idaho to be poised at the forefront of all the great things that solar is bringing to our country. Things in the Northwest are heating up and the sun is shining bright on the future of solar in Idaho!

Idaho Solar Thermal
Just recently we had a smile delivered to us by one of our RENW customers!

Intermountain Gas just showed up to see if the meter was broken… trying to figure out why I’m reporting so little gas used. We just had to smile – that’s the power of solar thermal!

Another common question many ask is what we mean by a “whole home solar solution”. That is simply our term we use to describe the fact that we offer the best overall value to our customers by combining the technologies of our renewable energy partners in thermal, PV, and HVAC, as well as forward thinking Idaho home builders.

Solar thermal alone is impressive enough, costing just pennies a day to run, but when you combine it’s efficiency with other home solutions like solar attic fans, solar lighting, and solar electric you simply can’t lose! We’d love the chance to talk to you about your specific home or business needs – call 208-577-6537 today for your free solar site estimate!


The Numbers on Solar Thermal

payette idaho solarThanks to everyone that came to visit us at the Apple Blossom Festival in Payette recently – we always love getting out and telling folks about our holistic solar technology! Summer time is fast upon us and our team has been hard at work getting power to the people of the Gem State.

People are always interested in the hard numbers behind what we provide; we’re happy to say the RENW team is working away into our 7th year of business here in Idaho and have now installed nearly 1,000 solar thermal panels. These panels offset 5.7 million pounds of carbon pollution – that is the equivalent of removing 2850 Honda civics off the road!

A few more interesting numbers on our solar services:

  • Solar thermal is 94% efficient.
  • 6-8 year payback using our combined holistic solution of solar PV and solar thermal.
  • 30% federal tax credit and 100% deduction over 4 years Idaho state taxes.
  • Hot water makes up over 25% a household energy load.
  • One 20 tube solar thermal panel creates 65 gallons of hot water on a clear day.
  • Our pumps use less than .5 amps and costs less than $1 per month to run.
  • On average, your water heating bills should drop 50%–80%.

We’ve got to say: we think those are some pretty great looking digits!
The future is bright for solar in Idaho and with your help we are putting our state on the map for renewable green energy. We would sincerely enjoy the chance to get to speak with you about how our services can help you – please call 208-577-6537 today for your FREE solar site estimate!