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Relief From The Snowpocalypse!

Old man Winter made himself known in a big way here in Idaho as most of you in the Northwest know! Record snowfall brought FEET of the powdery white stuff to our region, putting a halt to business as usual for a lot of folks – unless they were selling snow shovels and ice melt salt!

One group of people who had a little less to worry about this season were our radiant solar heating customers! Those who make use of solar thermal for ice melting walkways like our good friends at NNU had plenty of time to enjoy toasting their toes instead of shoveling snow. Even our customers who used the power of the sun for radiant solar flooring were snug as bugs as they enjoyed the benefits of lower heating costs throughout these coldest of months.

Keeping the snow away and your ten little piggies warm is just part of what is possible though! Through our solar power partners we are one of the few green energy companies who can provide a truly holistic whole home solution for your energy needs. And it’s not just for the house – if you’re in the ag industry, or any industry that relies on hot water we can help you cut your energy bills in half! – call us to find out more!


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!

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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!


Solar Has The Power To Last!

Spring is in full swing and the RENW team is already hard at work in 2015!

We often get asked how durable our solar tubes are and the answer is VERY! We just removed a solar thermal install off a roof that had hail damaged – the tubes were not damaged. The roof itself was not so lucky; we will reinstall after the roof is replaced.

Small but mighty! The RENW team also just completed a single panel install that will heat hot water for a family of four.
The only moving part is the circulation pump which costs less than $1/month to run. You don’t have to cover your entire roof to go green!

More great feedback from our solar customers:
In mid-December we completed an install for a home to include radiant floor heat. The previous heat source was propane. We installed 4 – 30 tube panels for the home and water heating and also installed a new 80 gallon electric hot water tank.

The customer is happy to report that since the installation was completed it has not used any propane, saving them a bundle. NICE!!

The RENW team loves helping our customers save money on their energy needs.
Please call us for a free solar sight visit. Thanks. 208-577-6537