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SmartFlower Solar Array

The SmartFlower solar array was on display for the first time on the Palouse during a recent event in which it’s capabilities were demonstrated as well as a presentation on current federal and state tax incentives for solar installations.

Moscow, Idaho, August 13, 2020 — The SmartFlower, a solar array that looks and acts like a sunflower, was introduced during a special solar technology presentation held on August 11th at the Latah County Fairgrounds. The event was sponsored by several local businesses.

“The SmartFlower is an innovative alternative to fixed solar panels or can complement them,” said Steve Erickson, VP of Sales for SmartFlowerEco, an authorized distributor based in Salt Lake City. “It automatically opens in the morning, follows the sun during the day, closes at night or when the wind exceeds a safe limit, and the 12 solar panels are cleaned every time it cycles open and closed,” he added.

The Smart Flower has an award-winning design, spans 16 feet wide when fully extended, and can be installed with batteries for backup power. A single SmartFlower can produce enough power for a small home or business and they can be strung together in a solar garden to meet larger energy needs. Because it tracks the movement of the sun during the day, the SmartFlower more efficiently captures energy from the sun than fixed panels, according to the company. During the presentation, Ryan Overman, Project Manager for SmartFlowerEco, demonstrated the Smart Flower’s full operating cycle on the mobile unit used for demonstration purposes.

“The federal and state tax incentives are still very attractive for solar technologies,” said Paul Neiffer, CPA who presented a tax update at the event. A tax specialist and rancher who uses solar energy extensively on his property in Dayton, Washington, Neiffer pointed out that the 2020 federal tax credit is 26% but is scheduled to drop to 22% in 2021. He also covered the Washington State and Idaho tax incentives along with other programs that can help offset the cost of installation and recommended discussing individual situations with tax counsel.

Palouse River Homes, BCM Builders, Palouse River Development Co, Grazing Hills Alpaca Farm, and the Latah County Fairgrounds sponsored the event which was open to the public.

Company spokesperson Steve Erickson points out a feature of the SmartFlower solar array on display recently at the Latah County Fairgrounds at a solar technology event held on August 11 and sponsored by Palouse River Homes, BCM Builders, Palouse River Development Co, Grazing Hills Alpaca Farm, and the Latah County Fairgrounds. (Courtesy Photo/Peter Roise)

Attendees get up close and personal with the SmartFlower on display recently at the Latah County Fairgrounds at a solar technology event held on August 11 and sponsored by Palouse River Homes, BCM Builders, Palouse River Development Co, Grazing Hills Alpaca Farm, and the Latah County Fairgrounds. (Courtesy Photo/Peter Roise)

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