Twin Falls solar power or Boise solar power may not strike everyone in Idaho as an altogether plausible concept. However, it is much more real possibility than you might think.
Not everyone may realize it, but much of the Gem State’s power already comes from renewable energy. According to the US Energy Information Administration, renewable energy typically accounts for more than 75% of Idaho’s net electricity generation. Much of that comes from hydroelectric sources—Idaho Power currently operates 17 plants located on the Snake River and its tributaries.
With this in mind, solar power in Boise or Meridian might seem less ridiculous. And soon, its benefits might be even more apparent. On May 9, 2018, the Idaho Public Utility Commission ruled that the 2,000 Idaho Power customers who generate their own electricity—most of whom are solar power customers—would be separated into a new class. The PUC also ruled that Idaho Power would study the costs and benefits of these customers’ energy generation and usage.
Snake River Alliance executive director Wendy Wilson made this observation about the ruling to the Idaho Statesman: “Idaho Power got what they wanted, which was a new class, and we got what we wanted, which was a study of the costs and benefits.”
Here are some solar Idaho products that people in Boise, Meridian and elsewhere can take advantage of right now:
PV Solar Panels
PV (short for “photovoltaic”) solar panels absorb energy from the sun and turn it into usable electricity. For a long time, they were considered too costly and inefficient to become a mainstream power source. Thankfully, design and technological advances over the past 20 years have made PV solar panels significantly more productive and 75% cheaper.
Solar Water Heating
Like solar PV panels, solar water heating systems (or, more broadly, solar thermal systems) use energy from the sun to give a home hot water. Solar thermal systems can also be used for:
· Radiant Floor Heating
· Forced Air Heating
· Space Heating
· Swimming Pools
· Hot Tubs
Solar Attic Fans
Solar attic fans ventilate attics, workshops, sheds and other spaces using solar energy. PV panels power the fans, which ensures that air can circulate through a space on a consistent basis.
EvenGreen Technology provides Idaho residents with highly efficient and affordable solar panels, solar thermal systems and solar attic fans. The company also provides clients with energy-efficient LED lights as well as services for financing, engineering and project management.
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EvenGreen Technology provides solar Meridian energy users and other Idaho customers with top-quality solar products and services.
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