Solarize Piedmont 2017 ended April 30, 2017.

Solarize Piedmont is a collaboration between the non-profit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC).

The service area for this campaign includes Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock Counties (and all towns and cities in those counties). If you live in another jurisdiction, please contact us to discuss a campaign in your community.

Solar Installer

Through a comprehensive and competitive bidding process, we selected two local solar contractors for the campaign. After a detailed review of your property and your goals, your contractor will provide a proposal for turnkey services including site visits, permits, materials, installation, and commissioning. From start to finish, the whole process usually takes a few months.

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How much will it cost?

Price per watt ($/W)
Roof Mount Ground Mount
3-5KW 5-10kW >10kW 5-10kW >10kW
Standard Panel + string Inverter 2.50 2.45 2.40 2.70 2.65
Standard Panel + micro/DC optimizer 2.50 2.45 2.40 2.70 2.65
Buy America Compliant Panel + string Inverter 2.85 2.80 2.75 3.00 2.95
Buy America Compliant Panel + micro/DC optimizer 2.85 2.80 2.75 3.00 2.95

In addition to Solarize discounts, Solarize Piedmont installars will help participants access a 30% federal tax credit, affordable financing, and navigate the Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) market.

All of this combined may make it possible for participants to finance their installations with monthly payments similar (or even less) than regular utility payments. Below is a table demonstrating an approximate pricing structure. It includes common system sizes and sample financing breakdowns.

It is important to note that individual system performance will vary and, depending on your home’s energy use, may only offset a percentage of your home’s electricity use.

System Size by Kilowatt (kW) for Base Panels 3 kW 6 kW
Solarize Rate per Watt $2.50 $2.45
Cost Before Federal Tax Credit $7,500 $14,700
Total Cost After Federal Tax Credit (30%) $5,250 $10,290
Monthly Loan Payment (Financing cost after tax credit over 15 yrs.) $44 $87
Estimated Monthly Savings (Electricity + SRECs) $37 $75
Estimated Net Monthly Cost (Financing cost after tax credit over 15 yrs.) $7 $12
*15 year loan at 6% interest.  SREC value estimated at $10.