Obama Visits Northwest Solar Company

Solar power — By Stephanie on September 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm
 Obama Visits Northwest Solar Company

A solar panel company based in beautiful Bend, Oregon, PV Powered is leading the charge (so to speak) for solar power technology in the United States. It is the only American based grid-tied solar inverter manufacturer.

As stated on its website: “Our vision is to spur the widespread adoption of solar power by ensuring that PV Powered products are the most reliable, easiest to install, and best supported inverters available. Because inverters have historically been a significant source of system downtime, we are committed to building the most reliable inverters in the industry.”

The company has been very successful so far. In fact, Presidential candidate Barack Obama toured the PV Powered manufacturing facility during his visit to Bend in May 2008. Senator Obama proclaimed PV Powered to be “the workshop of the future,” while pledging to dedicate billions in U.S. funds for renewable energy including solar power, if elected President. Read Mr. Obama’s complete speech for more details.

PV Powered was founded in 2003 and is led by CEO Gregg Patterson, and President Glenn Harris. In two years, PV Powered has grown from approximately 20 employees to nearly 60. It has ambitious plans to reach 100 by early 2009. Nothing is stopping this incredible company. In the past year, it expanded its product line and received certification on 10 new inverters, including new products for both residential and three-phase commercial installations. Recently, PV Powered was awarded the Oregon Solar Pioneer Award by the Oregon Department of Energy at the Third Annual Northwest Solar Expo in April 2008. PV Power’s extensive product line serves both residential and commercial customers, and its solar power products have the highest efficiency ratings in the solar market. Not surprisingly, thousands of its products are in use nationwide. Reliability is the company’s bottom line. PV Powered endeavors to redefine expectations in the solar power industry concerning both reliability and cost of ownership. With the industry’s only 20-year warranty, one can expect superior quality and workmanship from the engineers at PV Powered.

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  1. John Wabel says:

    I’m curious, do you think it possible or logical for people in a non- sunny climate people and sunny climate people to team up in small groups to produce solar energy?

    In other words, can you envision a scenario where a low income homeowner in Phoenix and an investor in Seattle could team up to produce an investment that would benefit both while using PV’s in Phoenix?

    John Wabel

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi John – non-sunny places including Seattle are already using solar panels (I see them on traffic signs each time I visit). And did you know that Germany is a leading country with respect to implementation of solar energy? Its not the sunniest place on earth, that’s for sure.

    But to delve a bit deeper and question whether people in two different regions could “team up,” I do think that it could happen in the future. What will need to happen, most likely, is that the excess solar energy produced in Phoenix would be sold back into the electricity grid. There would have to be a utility contract whereby the extra electricity from the Arizona grid could be sold to Washington. At this point, I can’t imagine taking it on a smaller level, say homeowner to homeowner, because you would need to have a way to transport the electricity from one place to the other – over existing grids. That would probably involve not only state utilities, but federal ones, as well – like the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) based in Portland, Oregon.

    Great question.

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