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Get facts about solar on Bainbridge | Letters | Nov. 11

The Go Solar Bainbridge workshops are designed precisely to answer the questions Dick Daniel raised in his letter (“Consumers need solar facts before committing”) last week about installer qualifications, product warranties, financing and more.

Community Energy Solutions, an island non-profit, is leading the Go Solar Bainbridge program. We undertook a thorough screening process and selected Sunergy Systems as the installer.

Sunergy Systems has been in the business since 2005, and has successfully installed over 400 (solar hot water and photovoltaic) solar systems. They are one of the largest and most experienced solar installers in the state. They also have direct experience in bulk purchasing programs.

Harnessing the power of the sun is hardly a new idea. Silicon-based photovoltaic technology is exceptionally robust and well proven, with 50 years of extensive field use. That’s why warranties on solar panels are typically 25 years long.

In this uncertain time, a solar energy system can deliver greater predictability than Wall Street, and better control over your electric bills for the next 30 or more years. Putting a solar energy system on your roof using made-in-Washington solar components is good for you, the local economy, and the environment.

More than 100 of our island neighbors have signed up for free workshops on whether solar energy is the right choice for their home or business. If interested, attend our final workshop – 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at OfficeXpats, 403 Madison Ave. – to learn how to put sunshine in your wallet, too.

Joe Deets, Community Energy Solutions

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