Get Started with Solar

Helpful tips and information

Thinking about going solar? Here’s help identifying your options.

What to think about

Location, location, location

Talk to solar contractors for details, but in short, solar requires southern exposure for maximum output, although east or west orientation may work.

For best performance, there should be little or no shading year-round. Even partial shade on one portion of a panel can seriously degrade its output. Consider not only current shade, but also what future shade might be caused by trees growing taller or nearby construction of tall buildings.

Asking the right questions

Use our list of considerations to ensure you get all the information you’ll need to make your project successful.

Understanding the Process

It also helps to have the big picture. Solar Oregon, a solar education non-profit, offers Solar Basics workshops and an easy overview of How To Go Solar to help you.

You may also want to learn about Net Metering and how you can get credit for the extra energy you generate.

Choosing a Solar Contractor

We recommend hiring a qualified contractor to design and build your system and assist with the Net Metering application process.

See Energy Trust of Oregon’s list of licensed solar contractors and the Oregon Department of Energy’s list of tax credit-certified solar technicians. Be sure to get multiple bids.