My Solar Neighbors

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During the 2016-2017 Solarize Wise program, Lorenzo and his family got their very own solar system installed on the family’s home to begin saving money on his utility bills and help introduce solar energy to the area. In the summer of 2018 Lorenzo experienced his first months of free energy. With a few simple home efficiency upgrades provided through his solar installer, he is ready for efficient energy usage and reduced costs for years to come.


Chelsea and Justin:

Chelsea and Justin had their solar array installed on their home in the fall of 2019, after moving to Wise County earlier that year. Chelsea and Justin, both active advocates for solar energy, enjoyed having solar energy and lower electricity bills on their home when they lived in North Carolina, so of course wanted to make sure their home in Wise County had solar, too. In 2019, they shared their love for solar energy and installation experiences during the Wise County Solar Tour to help spread the knowledge and benefits of residential solar in Southwest Virginia.


Laurel and Anthony:

In Washington County, Laurel and Anthony had a ground-mounted array installed as their home’s roof was not ideal for solar energy production.  Not only do they use the electricity from their solar array to power the house, but also to refrigerate produce grown on their own organic farm. Laurel excitedly spoke with our tour-goers at the 2019 Abingdon Solar Tour about the decision to go solar. Laurel says, “our solar array is the best investment that we’ve ever made. Our electric bills generally are less than nine dollars a month now because we did remain on the grid. With prices going down I’m sure people will pay even less than we did and save lots of money and carbon from going into our atmosphere!”