Solarize Roanoke is a local initiative to bring solar to select zip codes within the Roanoke Valley.
Buying a solar PV system is an investment in the future and a number of factors determine how much you can save over time. 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. So how does Solarize Roanoke work?
Step 1. Sign up through on the Solarize Roanoke website. At no charge, the Solarize Roanoke team does a preliminary screening of your roof via aerial imagery to make sure your home is a good fit for solar. Once they’ve determined that your solar is an option, one of their qualified 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.
Step 2. Once you're ready to install solar on your home, Solarize Roanoke can help you line up financing through local banks and financial institutions focused on residential energy savings. All discounts and tax credits will be reflected in the final cost.
Step 3. Through a comprehensive and competitive bidding process, Solarize Roanoke selected a panel of local qualified solar installers. Your contractor will obtain all necessary permits, order materials and equipment and schedule your installation. Once installation begins, it usually takes a few days to complete.
Step 4. Once your system is up and running, you use electricity as it is generated and sell back any surplus electricity to your utility company. 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 sent back on the electric grid.
Visit Solarize Roanoke for more details.