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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!


RENW Team Gains OG 300 Certification

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Renewable Energy NW LLC Obtains OG-300 Program Certification

Customers Excited For Even Better Incentives And Quality Standards

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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.

Comparability
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.


What Will The 2017 Solar Eclipse Mean For You?

The world is abuzz with the news of the upcoming solar eclipse, especially here in Idaho! And with good reason, it’s been almost 40 years since there has been a full solar eclipse here in the United States; as that last time just skimmed several states this is a real event to witness!

For centuries an eclipse of the sun was a frightening event that caused panic and fear through the masses before it was understood. In old days Native American tribes told stories of a great bear that would come every so often and take a bite out of the sun, whereas the ancient Chinese believed he sun was being swallowed by a dragon. Even in modern times people can be superstitious about a solar eclipse – but we’re here to tell you that there is no reason to worry, especially if you’re a Renewable Energy NW solar thermal customer! Learn more about how solar thermal works

You see our technology is true solar thermal; that means it works great even on cloudy days! Thankfully our systems are also backed up by great water heaters as part of our whole home holistic approach to solar HVAC; even if the eclipse were to last for most of the day instead of just a few minutes our customers would still have plenty of hot water to serve their needs.

Sun eating bears? Hungry dragons? Don’t panic! You can put those boogeymen of old to rest and cut your energy costs by as much as half with modern comforts like the very best services from us. Call 208-577-6537 today to get your free site estimate!


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!