Considering Solar? Let Us Be Your Guide!

Posted: June 29, 2022



Considering Solar? Let Cowlitz PUD Be Your FREE Resource! Utilize Our FREE Payback Calculator (xlsx). Before you install solar, have you utilized our free payback calculator? We can help you check! Utilize questions from our expert engineers.

We have a great list of questions available to ask yourself and ask your solar installers. Is solar what’s best for your home? Cowlitz PUD offers FREE home energy audits. Will prioritizing your home’s energy efficiency first, help your solar install go further? What about tax credits? Let our Energy Efficiency Team answer all your questions about state and federal tax credits.


Call us for:

  • How to get started on your solar project
  • Simple payback calculator
  • Federal Tax Credit and WA state sales tax exemption information
  • Courtesy contractor list
  • How to compare multiple bids

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What is my reason for going solar?
  • Is my home as energy efficiency as it can be?
  • What is my average electric bill?
  • Do I have a south facing roof?
  • Do I have shading from trees, buildings, chimneys, or roof gables?
  • Know your usage history from the past 12 months.

Questions to ask your Solar Installer:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • What is the manufacturer’s warranty on the equipment?
  • Do you offer financing? If so, how does it work?
  • Can you share the equipment spec sheets with me?
  • What is the total project cost?
  • What is the size of the solar system you suggest for my home (in kW)?
  • How much will this system offset my electric bill?