Q&A with the Solar team: Is solar practical in Oregon?

OQ&A with the Solar Team is a new article series featuring Energy Trust’s take on common questions from customers. Have a question you’d like to know our take on? Send it to the Solar team and it could be included in the next issue of Insider.

Q: Is solar practical in Oregon?
A: Oregon’s reputation for rain leads many customers who live west of the Cascades to question whether solar makes sense. You can tackle this question with any number of facts and figures, but we find that a simple answer is usually all that’s needed to reassure customers.

Energy Trust has used this tried-and-true statement for nearly a decade and it really works. In fact, we’ve had customers quote it back to us in evaluations and surveys more than three years after originally hearing it. Give it a try!

“Oregon’s sunniest cities have as much sun as Miami, and Portland gets more sun than Germany, which leads the world in solar energy.”