Residential Solar Program

Have you 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. The Solar Workgroup has launched the SWVA Residential Solar program to make going solar simple and affordable. Homeowners in Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan or Lee County and the City of Norton can now sign up for a free solar site assessment.  More information about our program below!

Register for a virtual residential solar information session: Want to learn more about the Solarize program and your opportunities for solar energy? Join the Solar Workgroup team as we cover residential solar 101, the steps to goings solar, and the benefits of generating your own solar energy this year!

Date & TimeRegistration
April 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pmSolar 101: Solarize Southwest Virginia
May 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pmGoing Solar: Solarize Southwest Virginia
May 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pmBenefits of Residential Solar: Solarize Southwest Virginia

Can’t make it to a meeting? Sign up below to start the process of getting your home assessment through the Solarize program today! 

What is the SWVA Residential Solar Program?

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

Through the SWVA Residential Solar program, the Workgroup will choose a solar developer to perform all the solar installations for the people who buy solar systems during the period of the program. The installer is able to offer lower prices because they can get bulk purchase discounts on materials and solar equipment. The program also helps the solar company save money on marketing and advertising, so they can reduce prices for the customers. 

The phases of the program include:

  1.  Sign-up period: Register in the program with the form above to have a free, no-obligation solar home evaluation. This will allow you to find out what kind of system you could install and how large, and what you can expect to save without obligation to sign an installation contract.
  2. Info meetings and education: Attend one of a series of meetings that will cover topics like financing, system maintenance, solar system options, taxes, and regulations.
  3. Contracts and installations: If you decide you want solar panels on your home, you will discuss the specifics with the installer, sign a contract, and begin the installation process. The experts that are part of the Workgroup will be available to you to answer any questions you might have.

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, solar equipment, and installation costs. The solar company also saves money on marketing, advertising, and customer consultations. Because of this, the program can 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 both suitable. If your roof needs to be replaced within ten years, you may want to have repairs/replacements 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, thus do not require a battery. At SWVA Residential Solar 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.

This program is all about making it easy and affordable to go solar. In addition to lowering costs through bulk-purchasing discounts, the Workgroup will collaborate with local banks and credit unions to find sensible financing options for you and to help understand financial incentives like the Solar Investment Tax Credit.

Why go solar with the Solar Workgroup?

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.

Meetings are also a no-obligation, no pressure opportunity to talk to installers and solar system owners. The participants go through the process 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.

For additional information, contact Austin Counts at austin@appvoices.org or at (276) 679-1691.