Are you ready to watch your electricity meter run backwards? You could be if you go solar, letting the sun power your home or business.
For a limited time, you can get discounted prices through Solarize Fairfax County. Like a Groupon for solar, this program offers one-time, low prices with companies chosen through competitive bids.
Fairfax County is partnering with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and nonprofit Local Energy Assistance Program to offer this program.
Solarize Fairfax County runs from April 18 through June 30, 2017. To get started saving on your electric bill:
- Sign up for a free solar assessment . No commitment to install solar is required.
- Attend an information session on April 20 or 26 in Fairfax or Alexandria to learn whether solar is right for you, understand pricing and financing options and meet the contractors who will install your equipment. Attendance is not required but recommended if plan to participate in the program.
“I’m excited that the Solarize Fairfax County campaign is starting,” said Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross who chairs the Board of Supervisors Environmental Committee. “Fairfax County residents now will have the opportunity to get all the information they need from qualified professionals in the solar industry, know exactly what needs to be done and how much money they can save, and practice environmental stewardship, all at the same time.”
You could cut your electricity bill in half or more by going solar, depending on the conditions at your home, how much power you use and the size of your system.
Believe it or not, Northern Virginia gets almost as much sun as Miami. Enter your address below to get an estimate on how much solar energy you could generate from your roof. To get a more accurate evaluation, sign up for the free assessment through the campaign.
- Save Money on Your Monthly Bill: Sunlight is free, and the more solar energy you capture, the less you pay monthly to your power company. If your current electric bill averages $120 a month, a 6 kW system should cover about 60 percent of that cost on a good site. With Virginia’s net metering law, when your system is producing more than your home is using, the power is fed onto the grid and your account is credited at the retail rate.
- Get a 30 Percent Tax Credit Before it Expires: The federal government offers a 30 percent tax credit for solar systems through 2019, making now the time to install. This credit decreases over the next five years, and it will expire at the end of 2021. Fairfax County also offers a credit on real estate taxes , and the county waives all permit fees for the installation .
- Increase Your Home’s Value: Homes with solar panels typically sell for $15,000 more compared to those without them. This finding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Researchers looked at data from more than 22,000 homes across the nation.
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: Electricity use generates about 40 percent of the greenhouse emissions in the D.C. region , and by going solar, you can help reduce these emissions. If you generate 1,000 kwh of solar energy each month, that’s equivalent to preventing the release of .703 metric tons of carbon dioxide—an amount comparable to driving a car 1,684 miles.
- Create Jobs for our Community: Solar is one of the fastest growing industry that employed more than 260,000 workers nationwide in 2016, according to the Solar Foundation’s Jobs Census. In Virginia, these jobs are projected to grow by nine percent in 2017, and Fairfax County leads with the most solar jobs in the state: 463 last year. Women make up 37. 8 percent of workers while veterans account for 3.8 percent.