Solarize Wise

For additional information, contact Lydia Graves at lydia@appvoices.org or at (276) 679-1691.

Have you ever thought about installing solar panels on your home, farm, or small business? Now is the time to find out if solar is right for you. Wise County is launching a solarize campaign to make going solar simple and affordable. Scroll down the page for the free solar site assessment sign-up. 

What is solarize?

Solarize is a way for a community to learn more about solar and reduce the cost of solar installations.

In a solarize program, a municipality or community group chooses a local company to perform all the solar installations for the people who buy solar systems during the period of the solarize campaign. The installer is able to offer lower prices because they can get bulk purchase discounts on materials and solar equipment. It also helps the solar company save money on marketing and advertising.

Happening Soon! 

Solarize Wise has two upcoming Solarize Community Information Meetings that will be held at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Norton: 1051, Park Ave NW Norton, VA 24273. Snacks will be provided.

Tuesday, July 25th at 6 pm: Your Solarize Wise Solar installer will talk with you about solar for your home, including cost specifics, payment, and system options.

Tuesday, Aug 1st at 6 pm: Old Dominion Power will answer your questions about billing and interconnection. Get info about USDA funding available for farmers and small business owners going solar.

Appalachian Voices will be hosting a volunteer night and pizza party on Thursday, July 20th from 5pm-9pm to advance initiatives for solar power in SWVA. This will be happening at the Appalachian Voices office at 816 Park Ave NW in downtown Norton.

Who: Appalachian Voices and SWVA community members

What: pro-solar volunteer night

When: July 20th, 5pm – 9pm

Where: Appalachian Voices’ office at 816 Park Ave NW”

 

The phases of the Solarize program include:

  1. Launch date & sign up period- no obligation registration, sign up to have a free solar home evaluation, find out what kind of system you could install, and what you can expect to save without pressure to sign an installation contract
  2. Info meetings and education- a series of meetings to cover topics like financing and cost, solar system options, policies and regulations.
  3. Contracts and installations- if you decide you want solar panels on your home you can discuss the specifics with the installer, sign a contract, and begin the installation process.

How does it save money?

By doing several installations in one area at a time installers are able to make bulk purchases and offer discounts on materials and solar equipment. The solar company also saves money on marketing, advertising, and customer consultations. Because of this, solarize projects save thousands of dollars for participants.

How do I know if solar will work on my property?

The best locations for solar panels on your roof are south, east, or west facing slopes in direct sunlight with no shading. Solar arrays can be installed on metal roofs or traditional shingles. New and old roofs are are both suitable. If your roof needs to be replaced within ten years you may want to have repairs done before installing solar. Solar systems can also be mounted on the ground.

Do I need to have batteries? Most solar systems connect to the electric grid. At Solarize meetings local solar retailers will talk about the equipment options. If you sign up, a contractor will help you design a solar system to meet your personal energy needs and your budget.

I’m not sure how to pay for a solar system.

Solarize is all about making it easy and affordable to go solar. In addition to lowering costs through bulk purchasing discounts, The Solarize Wise team works with local banks and credit unions to find sensible financing options for you and to help understand financial incentives like Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) and the Solar Investment Tax Credit.

Why solarize?

There is safety in numbers. Going solar with your community means you will get a licensed, insured, reputable installer offering you the best price without doing all the research on your own. Community meetings on a variety of topics help present all the information before you sign a contract so you can make an informed educated decision.

Solarize meetings are also a no obligation, no pressure opportunity to talk to installers and solar system owners. The participants go through the process of solarizing at the same time but it’s not a co-op so your system isn’t tied to anyone else’s. You sign your own contract with your own specifications.

Who is Solarize Wise?

You! Solarize Wise is  made up of community members interested in solar. Solarize Wise is brought to you by:

These local groups are serving as The Solarize Wise Planning Team, helping oversee a Solarize program in Wise County by sharing information, connecting consumers and installers, and working to make solar more accessible for everyone.

ODP Solar Resources

When can I join?

The launch date for Solarize Wise is May 9th! Join the festivities at the Solar Fair at UVa Wise with live music, food, and fun. The launch date marks the beginning of the online sign up period. To get a free assessment done on your property for solar you can sign up right here: 

 

For additional information, contact Lydia Graves at lydia@appvoices.org or at (276) 679-1691.