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April 17, 2019

“Solarize Piedmont” offers discounts, faster process

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Participants in the program typically save 10 to 15 percent versus retail prices for solar installations, according to the organizers.
A regional campaign to make solar panel installation easier and less expensive for Fauquier businesses and homeowners will run through June 14.

The Warrenton-based Piedmont Environmental Council helps organize “Solarize Piedmont,” available in nine counties and the City of Charlottesville.

The program offers free property assessments of suitability for solar installations, workshops and connections with vetted contractors.

Those who buy systems through Solarize Piedmont generally save 10 to 15 percent on the costs, according to the organizers.

Additionally, 2019 will be the last year of full, 30-percent federal income tax credits for those who install solar panels to generate electricity. The tax credits will decrease each year and end in 2021.

The program’s sponsors also include Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and the Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC).

“In PEC’s efforts to support clean, renewable energy, we are pleased to continue working with LEAP to offer residents accessible roof-top solar options through the Solarize Piedmont campaign, which allows residents to take an active role in Virginia’s clean energy future,” said Chris Miller, president of the regional environmental group.

For more information or to sigh up, visit www.pecva.org/solarize.
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Cammie Rodgers · May 17, 2019 at 2:08 pm
2020 - 26% tax credit, 2021 - 22% tax credit - program ends December 31, 2021.
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