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Special Solar Energy Program is Now Available!!!!

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by OSimpson, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. OSimpson

    OSimpson Certified Master Naturalist

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    This is a state sponsored program through Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

    During the spring of 2016 PEC members are able to take advantage of Solarize Piedmont --a cooperative program with The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission to bring solar power to more people in the Commonwealth. The Solarize program is a grassroots effort that has been successful in communities across Virginia.

    The benefits of solar power are multi-fold: providing peak power close to the demand, energy security, cost savings, local employment opportunities, and emissions reductions. If you live in PEC's service territory and have been thinking about putting solar power on your home or farm, this is your opportunity to find out if it will work for you and take advantage of some very competitive pricing.

    Solarize Piedmont runs from April 5, 2016 - June 15, 2016!

    HOW IT WORKS - THE SIMPLE 5 STEP PROCESS

    1. GET A FREE ASSESSMENT TO DETERMINE IF YOUR HOME IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SOLAR

    The first step will be to fill out the online form on our website >>

    Once you fill out the form, you will receive documents by email to review and complete. You will need to fill out a letter of interest and send us utility usage data from the last 12 months. Why do we need this information? The Letter of Interest lets us know you’’ve taken the time to familiarize yourself with the program, and we are more than happy to answer any questions you have. The utility data will be used by the installer to estimate power offset from solar generation and relative payback of your system. Please know that we will keep your utility information private and will not share it with anyone other than your installer.
    After we receive the letter of interest and usage data via email, a LEAP staff person will perform an initial satellite assessment and then will contact you with basic results on your roof’s solar potential (or yard or field for pole-mounted arrays). If you have a good location for panels, LEAP staff will pass along your information to the participating Solarize Piedmont installer. That installer will schedule the free solar site assessment to create a proposal tailored for you, your budget, and your home’s energy needs.

    2. LEVERAGE THE SOLARIZE DISCOUNT AND LOCAL FINANCING
    Take advantage of the power of bulk purchasing and the 30% federal tax credit to purchase your solar system.

    Solarize Piedmont participants will also have access to innovative financing mechanisms designed specifically for solar energy systems. Through Admirals Bank, you can take advantage of Solar StepDown and Solar Plus Loans. These solar loans can be combined to finance up to 30% of your solar system at 0% over 18 months and the remaining 70% (capped at $25,000) can be financed with fixed interest rates between 4.95% – 9.95% over 20 years.

    3. INSTALL PANELS
    Through a comprehensive and competitive bidding process, we selected a local and qualified solar installer. This contractor will make a site visit to gather all the information necessary, obtain all necessary permits, order materials and equipment, and schedule your installation. Installation usually takes a few days.

    4. GENERATE ELECTRICITY FOR USE OR SELL BACK TO UTILITY
    Once your system is up and running, you use electricity as it is generated and sell back any surplus electricity to the utility. Through “net energy metering,” you get a one-to-one, kilowatt hour-for-kilowatt hour credit on your bill for every unit of electricity produced and put back on the electric grid.

    Learn more at http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/40. The electric utility will never pay you for the solar energy, they just credit your account. The credits are good for 12 months, so a sunny summer can be saving money for you in the winter.

    5. START SAVING ON UTILITY BILLS
    Buying a solar PV system is an investment in the future. Although buying a solar PV system may require an upfront payment, it can deliver significant energy cost savings for years to come. A number of factors determine what a system will cost and how much you can save over time, including the future price of electricity and how long your system operates. By combining utility net metering credits for the power you generate, federal tax incentives and low-interest financing, you could realize long-term cost savings over the life of your solar PV system. The more electricity prices climb, the faster you’ll see savings.
     
  2. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    I highly doubt that the Broadlands HOA will permit the installation of Solar Panels on homes in their jurisdiction.
     
  3. OSimpson

    OSimpson Certified Master Naturalist

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    I am glad you brought that up - yes HOA will permit it and there are already 3 homes with solar panels I know of one being our home. There is a law that HOAs can not prevent home owners from getting solar panels but they may have to approve the location and the type of solar panels you are installing. Older models used to be more visible.

    So - don't hesitate to check into it. Here is our set of panels in winter.
    Solar in Broadlands.jpg
     
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  4. Scottb

    Scottb Member

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    Very cool, Oya -- Is there a way to store the power that solar generates in your house? Or does it partially power your house?
     
  5. OSimpson

    OSimpson Certified Master Naturalist

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    We do not have a battery to store it - but with the panels we have, it would not have much extra to store. That would be nice to have at some point for power outages.
     
  6. cobymom

    cobymom Sheila Ryan

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