We are passionate about the community we live in, as well as the people we serve, and we love our great country! As such we want to see only the best choices made for the future of all. Renewable Energy NW LLC owner Carl Simpson put together a few personal thoughts in a recent letter to the editor and we wanted to be sure to share it with you here:
The story of energy is one of evolution, and American innovation has always been crucial to it. As consumers, businesses and public governments increasingly look to lower-carbon options, I’m glad the U.S. will continue to be at the forefront of new clean energy technologies thanks to smart thinking from Congress.
In the final days of last year, leaders in Washington passed the Energy Act — a major infusion of cash into clean energy innovation (like solar, wind and storage) over the next five years. It came on the tailwinds of other important progress for American clean energy innovation right here in Idaho: $10 million in federal funding to support a partnership between Idaho National Laboratory and Xcel Energy. Together they’ll transform our knowledge of hydrogen and potentially the nuclear energy industry as we know it.
Clean energy is a powerful economic development tool and job creator here in the Gem State as well as nationwide. Beyond that new advancements have made clean energy among the most cost-conscious options for consumers. Senator Crapo and other leaders’ sustained commitment to innovation will continue its trajectory and contribute to a more resilient and affordable U.S. power system.
With a focused approach towards energy efficiency first then renewable energy we can make sound economic decisions for clean energy that make cent$.
Carl Simpson, Star
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
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!
It surprises us that many people are still not familiar with solar thermal technology and often compare it to traditional solar photo-voltaic.
This is especially interesting because solar thermal is actually the older of the two solar technologies!
To help dispel some of the common misconceptions about solar we’ve put together this quick graphic so you can see the differences at a glance.
Now, this isn’t to belittle solar PV! We have worked with it as an accompanying technology in the past with great success, and we believe it is through comprehensive use of multiple methods that you get the most benefit.
The biggest differences between the solar thermal we offer and solar PV is that solar thermal heats the water/liquid directly whereas PV creates electricity which then heats your water. Either one works, but when it comes to water heating solar thermal simply can not be beat!
Price too high? Not enough ROI?
These are all things we hear when people want to down talk solar and fact is when it comes to solar THERMAL these things are even less of a concern! Fact is, solar thermal from Renewable Energy NW has one of the fastest paybacks of any alternative energy; best of all you will see immediate return in the form of lower energy bills even before the system is paid off!
Are there up front costs? Yes! But that’s true of ANY investment.
After you’ve already enjoyed years of low energy costs and have your system paid off you can still see more returns should you decide to sell your home – as much as $20,000 in some cases! Ready to start saving? Let’s talk!
You’ve already noticed the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter; according to the old farmer we’re in for another hard Winter in the Northwest. So you may be thinking it’s too late in the year to start that solar thermal project you started checking out in Spring – but it’s not! In fact, we likely have a couple of months of easy installation before the elements become a factor for our team and we can even still handle new jobs into the icy season.
What if you’re not building new? No problem!
While it’s definitely easy to install our solar thermal in new construction we can retro-fit existing homes without any issue. Roof space isn’t a problem either as we are able in some situations to mount our evacuated tube vertically to save room or to capture optimal UV.
But what about snow? And less sunshine? Winter is coming!
We’re happy to say that even during the “snowpocalypse” of 2016-2017 we only had a few service calls for clearing snow, and no real outages. While it is true that your solar thermal tubes will be receiving less direct sunlight during Winter since our systems are so highly efficient you’ll have no trouble having plenty of hot water for your home. You see our systems work on radiant ultraviolet energy; this is available even on cloudy days so you will have no troubles during the cold months.
Breathe easy – Renewable Energy NW has you all taken care of! We’ve been the Northwest’s source for affordable solar thermal and whole home holistic energy solutions for almost a decade and have over 1,000 panel installs under our belt. We love helping homeowners save on the energy costs and business owners too! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions, we’re glad to talk or provide a free estimate for your specific energy needs!