The Solarize NOVA solar energy/energy efficiency program returns June 15 through August 31 to Northern Virginia. Since 2014, 372 contracts have been signed through the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)’s Solarize program, totaling more than 3 MW of solar capacity and nearly $9 million in construction value with regional solar contractors.
The program is run by LEAP in partnership with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and partnering municipalities. This year, our participating installer is Solar Energy World.
“NVRC recognizes the tremendous benefits that renewable energy provides to Northern Virginia,” said P. David Tarter, Chairman, NVRC. “Solarize NOVA brings solar power to people in their homes and businesses, decreasing energy costs and emissions. It’s a win for the individual and the entire region.”
It works like this: Solarize NOVA offers free solar satellite assessments to help potential customers determine if solar is right for their home or business, conducts community workshops on solar and connects them with trusted, vetted contractors.
By leveraging the collective buying power of multiple customers, Solarize NOVA is able to offer discounted prices with a qualified, regional installer. Overall, the cost of home solar has dropped more than 70% since 2010. Prices offered during the Solarize campaigns have come down 25% from 2014 to 2017, and this year, Solarize prices are expected to be discounted 10-15% off current consumer rates.
LEAP will connect participants with information on the federal tax credit and local incentives, such as real estate tax credits, as well. Residential energy rates will continue to rise in the region, and emissions take a toll on the environment. Signing up for Solarize NOVA comes with a complimentary, 90-minute home energy assessment for improving overall energy efficiency in one’s home.
Electric Vehicle Chargers
LEAP has partnered with installers who also offer Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers, which, at 240 V, charge to a 10-20 mile range per hour, on average. With electric vehicle sales skyrocketing and high solar interest among EV owners, Solarize participants can now bundle both for additional savings. As a bonus, installing solar panels and an EV charger at the same time reduces electrician fees.
“Now more than ever, energy-efficiency and solar solutions are vital to securing a clean energy future for Virginia,” said Chris Meyer, Executive Director, Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). “We are proud to partner with NVRC to make solar accessible for home and business owners in Northern Virginia.”
Home and business owners interested in exploring their solar options can sign up today at www.solarizenova.org. For more information about the program, tune in to an upcoming virtual information session.
News item from Northern Virginia Regional Commission