Solarize Blacksburg is a local initiative to bring solar to our community. We asked solar installers across the state to bid on a group of installations.  The result?  Through the power of bulk purchasing, Solarize Blacksburg is driving down the cost of solar lower than ever before for Blacksburg residents.  

Interested in going solar but don’t know where to start? Trying to figure out what size solar PV system you want to install? Three, four, five…kW? Don’t worry! Attend one of our information sessions, or contact us and we will come to you.  The equipment, the solar installers, the permitting, and the financing options are lined up, and we will help you through the process.

The Solarize Process

Clipboard Get a free site assessment to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar. 

Sign up through our Contact Form. The VA-SUN team does a preliminary screening of your roof via Google Earth to make sure your home is a good fit for solar.  Once we’ve determined that your home can in fact work for solar, one of our two local, qualified solar contractors will schedule a home visit at a convenient time to size up your roof, explain the details of solar installation, and answer any questions you have about going solar.  You will receive all the information you need to make a decision on signing up for the Solarize Blacksburg program.

 

Dollar-SignsSecure financing and Solarize discount

Once you’ve made the choice to sign up and install solar on your home, we can help you line up special financing through the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises’ (FAHE) PowerSaver loan program.  You will also be able to see your Solarize discount and federal tax incentives in your final cost.

 

SolarHouseInstall panels—working with local contractors

Through a comprehensive and competitive bidding process, we selected two local and qualified solar installers.  Your contractor will make a site visit to gather all the information necessary, obtain all necessary permits, order materials and equipment, and schedule your installation.  Installation usually takes a few days.

 

SunWavesGenerate electricity for use or sell back to utility

Once your system is up and running, you use electricity as it is generated and sell back any surplus electricity to the utility.  Through “net energy metering,” you get a one-to-one, kilowatt hour-for-kilowatt hour credit on your bill for every unit of electricity produced and put back on the electric grid.

 

GraphStart saving on utility bills (the value of your solar increases as electric rates go up!)

Buying a solar PV system is an investment in the future.  Although buying a solar PV system may require an upfront payment, it can deliver significant energy cost savings for years to come.  A number of factors determine what a system will cost and how much you can save over time, including the future price of electricity and how long your system operates.  New River Valley residents pay an average of 11 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for electricity from utilities. By combining utility net metering credits for the power you generate, federal tax incentives and low-interest financing, you could realize long-term cost savings over the life of your solar PV system. The more electricity prices climb, the faster you’ll see savings. 

 

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