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Thanks for your interest in the ultimate in star power—turning the sun into electricity. Every watt you produce at home will get Bend one step closer to winning the $5 million Energy Prize competition and will save you money on your power bills.

We’ve shared your contact information with our local solar contractor partners—they’ll be following up soon to schedule your free, no obligation solar site assessment. By getting more than one assessment, you can ensure that you’re getting a competitive bid and finding the best fit for your home.

After your solar site assessment, your contractor will prepare a detailed report about your home’s solar potential and the incentives and other options available to help reduce your solar installation costs.  The report will help you decide if solar is a good fit for your home and budget.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you work with your contractor and review the report they prepare for your home.

First, there are two ways to get a solar electric system installed on your home in Bend.

  • Purchasing a System. This is the traditional route for putting solar on your roof. A qualified local contractor installs your system and you own all of the equipment.​ State and federal tax credits and utility incentives can cover up to 80% of the total equipment and installation costs.
  •  Power Purchase Agreement. A third party owns the system on your roof.  You enter into an agreement with that party to purchase all of the power that the system produces for the life of your agreement (usually 20 years) and pay the party a one-time, up-front fee. A qualified local contractor installs the system on behalf of the third party.  This option may lower your up-front costs and thus reduce your payback period, and often includes a guarantee on the performance of the system during the life of your agreement.

More information on both of these options and an example cost scenario is available on our website.

Our local contractors offer a mix of different solar systems and financing options. A comparison bid can help ensure that your system is the best fit for your home and family.

Thanks again for your interest in solar.  Clean energy and savings are just around the corner!


Our current local solar contractor partners

E2 Solar, Inc

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E2 installs clean, renewable energy that makes our lives possible. Custom-designed solar electric systems are a reliable and affordable energy solution for any home or business. Located in Bend, Oregon and proudly serving our rural communities, they understand that the choices you make matter-for a simpler, cleaner way of life now, and for a legacy of better, smarter, energy solutions for generations to come.

Contact: Kelli Hewitt

Neil Kelly Co.

Neil Kelly Company Solar Installers Bend OR

Neil Kelly Company is a family-owned, design-build general contractor specializing in residential remodeling, custom new homes, energy retrofits, and solar installationa. A certified B-Corporation, Neil Kelly is committed to its employees, the community, to quality design and construction practices, and to environmental sustainability. The firm’s Lake Oswego office was the first LEED building in the western US. Neil Kelly’s Home Performance and Solar Division has retrofitted hundreds of northwest homes resulting in saving the equivalent carbon of taking 200 cars of the road in 2014 alone.

Contact: Steve Coughran

Sunlight Solar

SSE Team

Sunlight Solar Energy is a sales, design, and installation company dedicated to educating and empowering our customers to make intelligent buying decisions. Our team not only helps you decide if your site is a good fit for solar but helps you choose what is the best fit for your building. When our customers go solar, they feel confident in their decision and are as excited about the project as we are.  Sunlight Solar is one of the oldest grid-tied solar contractors in the state, providing quality service since 1997.

Contact: Kelly Riley
541-322-1910 ext. 306