Western Solar offers a web monitoring option. This option would allow you to receive reports on your solar energy production. It also alerts you to production problems with any of your micro-inverters. In addition to tracking your solar production, eGauge allows you to track your energy usage as well. You can use this system to compare everything on a single screen side-by-side with your production. This will help you achieve net-zero consumption, maximize your payback and lower your monthly electric bills. You will also receive monthly energy production reports sent straight to your email inbox.
Traditional solar systems that are tied to your local power grid use either a micro or string inverter system. These are required by law to shutdown when the power goes out as this helps protect repair workers who are trying to restore power from being electrocuted. That means during an outage you won't have any power. However, Western Solar has an Outback battery backup system option that is grid-interactive and can stand alone, which means your system can switch to an off-grid mode where it can draw power stored in your battery bank when the power goes out.
Western Solar also offers an off-grid battery option as well. This option is perfect for those who are building a home in an area where no power is available. An off-grid system is custom designed to meet your specific energy needs throughout the year. However, in some cases, an additional generator may be required. Additionally, the current legislation still allows you to qualify for the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit even though you are not connected to the local utility grid.
Western Solar only uses Iteck Modules on all their solar installations. These solar panels are specifically made to withstand the harsh Washington climate. Iteck Modules are designed for maximum efficiency using precision robotic technology, can hold up to dead loads (like snow) of up to 113 pounds per square foot, they come with a 25-year protection warranty and a 10-year production warranty and they come with black frames at no extra cost. They also have a silver frame option as well.
Western Solar has a Solar & Energy Efficiency Financing program with terms up to 15 years and loan amounts up to $50,000 with a fixed rate as low as 4.25%, which is better than what you would normally get with a home equity loan.
Western Solar does not offer any lease or PPA options and for those who don't or can't qualify for financing, this could prevent them from going solar. Additionally, some people just prefer a lease or PPA option and the fact that Western Solar does not offer them will cause those customers to choose a different solar provider altogether.
Western Solar only provides solar service in one state — Washington. This is less than some of the other solar providers; however, if you live in Washington, this is not a problem. And if you live elsewhere, you may want to choose one of your local solar service providers instead.
The solar company's website states that they provide website monitoring as an option. We feel this is something that should be included with your system as many of the other solar companies provide website monitoring already included with their service.
Unfortunately, few verified reviews regarding Western Solar's service, solar installation quality, and system performance are available online. Washington homeowners interested in learning more about potential energy savings or Western Solar's solar equipment will need to contact the company directly.
Western Solar has many great features and benefits, including a three-way monitoring system, solar battery storage, and Iteck solar modules. That said, the solar provider does not offer solar leases or PPA financing options, is limited to one state, and markets its monitoring system as an available add-on option. We recommend reaching out to Western Solar directly for a free quote.
Additionally, the lack of Western Solar reviews can make providing an accurate customer experience difficult. If you are a current or former Western Solar customer, we invite you to leave a review of your experience below.
Anne Beam Bellingham, WA
5 years ago
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