We aspire to make the process of going solar simple and easy.

At the Green Store we offer off-grid, grid-tied, and multimode systems. We pride ourselves on a thorough site and load analysis to determine the best solution for your overall energy goals, empowering you in your clean energy investment.

The Steps

  1. Site Analysis

    An analysis and measurements of the proposed site.

  2. Design of Installation

    Specifications for your individualized island or shore power solar electric system.

  3. Permitting

    Obtaining all the permits for your project. All the paperwork will be handled for you.

  4. Installation

    Full-service turn-key installation services from a certified, expertly trained installer with 15+ years experience in Oregon.
    Certified through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) representing PV Installation Professionals.

  5. Inspection

    Inspection for permits required by the local authority having jurisdiction.

  6. Utility Company Inspection and Commissioning

    For Shore Power Systems this is acceptance testing and Metering Installation and
    assurance that the system will safely supply energy to the grid for years to come.

  7. Go live, flip the switch, and monitor the savings!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Solar Electric Power?

    Solar electric power is generated with photovoltaics, or PVs. Photovoltaics allow you to produce your own electricity with no noise, no air pollution, and no moving parts. Using a clean, renewable resource that comes free of charge to any location.

  • How does a PV system work?

    PV technology converts sunlight directly into electricity. Electrons are excited by particles of light and driven toward the surfaces of the PV cell by semiconductor material. The more sunlight striking the PV cell, the more electricity that is produced.

  • Does Oregon get enough sun for a PV System?

    Yes. In fact, the Willamette Valley receives as much solar energy annually as the U.S. average — the same average as southern France. Eastern and Southern Oregon receive 20 to 30 percent more than the Willamette Valley — as much as or more than Florida. Under cloudy conditions, photovoltaics produce 10 to 30 percent of their maximum output. However, because solar photovoltaics become less efficient when hot, our cooler climate helps make up for the cloudy days.

  • What materials are the PV modules made of?

    A variety of materials and construction types are used to make photovoltaics. The most common types on the market today are crystalline-silicon, amorphous-silicon and thin-film photovoltaics. Crystalline-silicon PVs (both mono- and poly-crystalline) are more efficient than amorphous-silicon PVs.

  • How do the batteries get integrated into the electrical system?

    You can charge batteries to run DC loads or invert it to AC through a listed inverter, either Micro or central, to run house hold loads, supplement the grid, or run off-grid.

  • What is the average life-span of the solar system?

    PV modules are engineered to withstand extreme temperatures, severe winds and impacts from hail and usually have a warranty period from 25 to 30 years. PV modules typically require little to no care other than the occasional rinse and keeping them clear of snow, leaves, and large bird droppings. Inverters and other control equipment are essentially maintenance-free, but should be visually inspected per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Battery life expectancy ranges from 10 to 20 years, depending on individual system design and use.

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