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Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Town of Vienna, and Fairfax County, Virginia – The Solarize NOVA program returns April 16th to June 14th to the cities and towns of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church and Vienna, and Fairfax County.
Since 2014, 263 contracts have been signed through Solarize NOVA totaling 2 MW of electrical capacity with $6.2 million in construction value with local, Virginia based contractors. With a streamlined process and discounted pricing, Solarize NOVA is an affordable and convenient way for home owners to go solar. The program is run by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in partnership with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), and the participating municipal governments.
Why solar is a smart choice for your house or commercial property:
It’s Easy with Solarize NOVA: Solarize NOVA offers free solar satellite assessments to help you assess if solar is right for your home or business, conducts community workshops on solar, and connects you with trusted, vetted contractors.
It’s More Affordable than Ever: By leveraging the collective buying power of you and your neighbors, we are able to offer discounted prices and qualified, local installers. Overall, the cost of home solar has dropped more than 70% since 2010. Prices offered during our 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.
In addition, 2019 is the last year for the full 30% federal tax credit. After this year, the credit decreases each year, phasing out completely in 2021. LEAP will connect participants with information on the 30% federal tax credit and local incentives, such as real estate tax credits.
It’s the Smart Choice to Head Off Rising Energy & Environmental Costs: The Energy Information Administration projects a 2% annual rise in residential energy rates for the Mid-Atlantic. The energy cost savings and emission free power from photovoltaic systems make solar a great investment — for you and the environment.
New this Year - EV Chargers
For the first time LEAP has partnered with installers who also offer Level 2 EV chargers which at 240 volts charge to a 10-20 mile range per hour. With electric vehicle sales skyrocketing and a high solar interest among EV owners, Solarize participants can now bundle both for additional savings. Installing solar panels and an EV charger at the same time reduces electrician fees significantly.
Bob Lazaro, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC)“NVRC recognizes renewable energy as crucial to a resilient, prosperous northern Virginia. Solarize NOVA creates a convenient, affordable path for home and business owners to install solar, decreasing their energy costs and emissions. A win for the individual and the entire region.”
Chris Meyer, Executive Director, Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)“Now more than ever energy efficiency and solar solutions are vital to securing a clean energy future for Virginia. 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. There is absolutely no commitment until, and if, you sign a contract with an installer.