Solar power is perhaps one of the most talked about, and certainly one of the most visible, components of energy conservation. Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to an estimated 17.5 GW as of the end of the third quarter of 2014. That’s enough to power the equivalent of 3.5 million average American homes.
While the initial cost of installing solar panels is not insignificant, the monetary and environmental savings are immediate. With the cost of energy on the rise, now is the time to consider if utilizing solar energy is the right choice for you and your household.
In the Valley, there are two groups that are working to make solar panel installation as easy and affordable as possible.
Solar Trail is helping the Crozet community go solar through consultation, assessments, group discounts, and installation. They recently joined Habitat for Humanity and completed a home in Waynesboro, Virginia featuring a solar energy system.
Solarize Nelson is a grassroots community-based outreach aiming to make going solar easier and more affordable. The nonprofit organization, LEAP, in partnership with the Nelson County, and the UVA Community Credit Union provide education, installations, and financing for local solar projects.
Don’t forget the 30% Federal Tax Credit!
Be sure to check back next week for ideas on going green!
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