Vital Communities, Solarize Upper Valley has been helping home owners and businesses solarize. Their goal is to increase the use of photovoltaic (PV) across our region. They negotiated rates and award contracts to solar installers for the best possible outcome for the homeowner or business. Round One resulted in120 homes go solar and generated 640 kilowatts of power for the upper valley reducing carbon emissions by 552 metric tons.
Round Two launched in October and included 10 towns. Here at Energy Emporium we were selected as the installer for Hanover. Completing over 200 site visits and seeing many new homes go solar has been exciting. Being new to Energy Emporium, coming in at a time where solar is experiencing significant growth, utility rates are rising and there are programs to help homeowners and businesses make the investment as well as still having the rebates, tax incentives and special financing available make this a grand time to install solar panels. It is an exciting time for solar!
The first thing I learned is a site visit includes an assessment of your location for solar by a solar professional. How is your house positioned on the land, what is your roof like or do you have a another good location to put in solar, how much shading do you have. All these are things are measured and evaluated by the solar professional at the site visit. A proposal will follow shortly giving you an analysis of your location as well as an executive summary for a return on the investment. This gives the home owner a chance to make an informed decision.
Vital Communities will be looking at towns for Round Three shortly. Who will be next?Will it be your town? Have you talked to your town’s energy committee?
Here is a link to vital communities website: