Solarize Assessment

The Solarize program takes the guesswork out of purchasing solar panels by providing you with all the information you need to make a decision. One way we can help is by providing homeowners with a free assessment of their home’s solar potential. Here are some of the steps we take to help you determine if solar panels are a good fit for your home.

Online Feasibility Assessment

Step 1: Solar Assessment

Once you complete our sign-up form, member of our team will begin to prepare your free solar assessment. We will begin by reviewing an aerial image of your home (like the one on Google Maps) to obtain basic information about the location of your home, the orientation of your roof (a south facing roof will attract the most solar energy), and the existence of any obstructions (like large trees) that may diminish your roof’s solar potential. This information will be used to determine if your home is a good fit for solar. If so, then we will send you a sample proposal that outlines the potential costs and benefits of a solar installation on your home.

 

On Site Solar Assessment

Step 2: On-Site Solar Assessment

If you home is a good fit for solar, we will put you in touch with one of our qualified solar installers who will contact you to schedule a free, on-site solar assessment.

During the assessment, the solar installer will examine your roof and calculate the best location to install solar panels on your home. Among the key items that your solar assessment will review are:

  • Age and condition of your roof
  • Degree of tilt and orientation of your roof
  • Presence of any obstacles to sunlight on your property
  • Ideal location to install solar panels on the exterior of your home
  • Location of appropriate interior connection points

In addition to these items, your solar installer will conduct a solar shading analysis to document the solar resource potential.

With this information, your solar installer will be able to determine the projected solar energy generation potential of a custom designed system for your home.

Solar Assessment Proposal

Step 3: Proposal

After the solar assessment is complete, you will be provided with an installation proposal tailored to your home. The proposal does not obligate you to act, but simply provides a recommendation for how solar can help meet your home’s energy needs.

In addition to system design information, each proposal will include information on available financial incentives and expected power production. Finally, your report will have a price for a solar PV system sized to fit your home. If a roof-mounted solar PV array is not possible, the installer will explain other potential options for solar energy production on your site.

If you decide that solar is right for you, the solar installer will work with you to schedule a time to install your solar panels so you can begin producing your own energy.

 

 

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Saving Money with Solar

Purchasing solar panels for your home is a valuable investment. We are all familiar with the costs, but what about the benefits? Here are three financial benefits to consider as you determine if a solar investment is right for you.

Generate your own energy

1. Generate your own energy, save money on your energy bill

The energy that you generate from solar panels means you will purchase less energy from your local utility. Each kilowatt hour generated is money that you save. An 8.5 kilowatt solar array will generate around 10,748 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. At a standard cost of electricity (around 11.5 cents), that’s around $1,236 saved in year one. And with energy costs continuing to rise, the value of your savings will increase over time.

30% Federal Tax Credit

2. 30% Federal Tax Credit

The federal government provides tax incentives for the purchase of solar and other renewable energy assets. Upon installation of a solar array on your home, you will be eligible for the federal Residential Energy Tax Credit which is equal to 30% of the cost of systems installed by December 31, 2019. If you install an 8.5 kilowatt system through the Solarize program (estimated price $21,675), then you are eligible for a tax credit of $6,500.

Ohio SREC Incentive

3. SRECs, a state based credit system

Most states provide some additional credit for solar investments. In Ohio, public utilities must purchase a small percentage of solar for each kW of energy they sell to customers. Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) represent one mega-watt hour of electricity (1,000 kWh). For each mega-watt hour (MWh) that your system creates, you can sell the renewable attribute of the energy on the market. Due to changes adopted by Ohio earlier this year, the value of SRECs has declined. However, the current market will pay around $12 per SREC. As in the above example, an 8.5 kilowatt system could generate 10 SRECs or $120 per year.

How much do Solar Panels REALLY cost?

Here is the example above in more detail:

  • We purchase an 8.5 kilowatt solar PV system ($25,000)
  • We leverage the Solarize discount of around 15% to bring down the purchase price ($21,675)
  • Plus, we receive the federal renewable energy tax credit ($6,500)
  • We spend less on energy because we created our own ($1,236 in the first year or $40,610 over 25 years)

So, in the above example, the system we purchased generates $40,610 in utility bill savings, $6,500 from federal tax credits, and $3,325 from the Solarize discount. That’s $50,435 in benefits which puts $25,435 back into your pocket.

Here are some more examples of how much you might save by installing Solar:

 

1. Pricing reflects a basic installation using a standard panel. Complex installations may require additional charges.
2. Based on an $0.11,5 per kWh base rate with a 2.99% annual escalation in the cost of electricity (US EIA projection).
3. Net savings does not include income received from SRECs due to the volatility of the market.

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Solarize Installers: Third Sun Solar

From Third Sun Solar:

“Are you curious about solar and whether it is a good fit for you and your home?  At Third Sun Solar we have helped hundreds of homeowners evaluate their options and make an informed choice about this exciting technology.  We are in our 15th year of focusing ONLY on clean energy, and have carefully built our stellar reputation by delighting one customer at a time.

Our focus on customer service begins with the initial consultation and educational step, where we take the time to listen to your goals and share our experience and expertise.  Informed with clear and honest answers, our customers create a custom solar system that fits their goals, their home, and their budget.  We have earned our premier status by providing a full service solution: we are more than just an installation company.

We treat you like family and work tirelessly to make sure your transition to clean solar energy is easy and fun.  Our success is based on our highly trained and very experienced team.  You will find everyone you work with at Third Sun Solar to be focused on our mission: To Accelerate the Shift to Clean Energy.”

 

“The Third Sun installation crew could not have been more professional. I have been around the construction industry for most of my life, and these guys were extremely professional and did a great job.” – Adam M.

“My system is fantastic! The installation went very smooth. It was installed, cleaned, and beautiful. I have been impressed with how knowledgeable and responsive the company is.” – J.W.

 

thirdsunsolar.com

 

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Solarize: What You Need to Know

Switching to clean energy is one of the world’s biggest challenges right now, as the impact of fossil fuels on our economy and our well-being becomes increasingly pronounced. But this kind of massive shift cannot occur overnight, and requires the participation of everyday consumers as well as large-scale enterprises and government-backed entities in order to succeed. Read more

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PACE Financing for Hotel Owners Event July 11th

Hotel ownership and maintenance can be a daunting prospect, one where looking dated and having inefficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems can cost you thousands every month. Update your hotel with a financing program that features a fixed rate, no down payment, extended terms, and more.

Join OHIO PACE for a free workshop at the Ramada Plaza in Sharonville on Wednesday, July 11th from 6-8 PM to learn how we can help get your hotel updated in the most cost-efficient way. Read more

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Solarize Installers: Icon Solar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Icon Solar:

In 2009, the founders of Cincinnati-based Icon Solar began delivering environmentally and economically-friendly energy to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Our experts are committed to comprehensive customer service and are passionate about saving our customers’ money.

Icon Solar is one of the largest residential installers in the region and stands at the forefront of solar technology, so you know you’re getting the best solar partner. Icon Solar will be by your side during your entire solar journey. We’ll explain the benefits of solar panels, like creating your own clean energy, reducing your carbon footprint, and potentially saving you tens of thousands of dollars on your electricity bill.

Our team handles every detail of installation, from permit to grid hook-up, efficiently, and courteously. We invite you to take a moment to get to know us better.

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Kids First Sports Center Finds Success with PACE Financing

An exterior photo of the Kids First Sports Center.

Energy Project Financing:

  • Project Total: $656,000
  • Term: 23 years

Improvements:

  • Solar PV – 150 KW
  • LED Lighting
  • Wall Insulation

The PACE Financing program has already proven itself to be a successful energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative for commercial properties of all kinds, but one of the most notable projects in recent months has been the successful financing of a Solar PV improvement installation for the Kids First Sports Center, a multi-use recreational facility located in Sycamore Township, Ohio. The 108,000-square-foot gymnastics, trampoline, basketball and swimming center was the first commercial property in the state of Ohio to receive PACE funding for electric-generating solar panels.  Read more

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6 Spring Cleaning Tips for an Energy Efficient Home

A man sealing a window after reading the six spring cleaning tips or an energy efficient home.

The spring season is upon us, and for most households, that means carving out chunks of time to do some much-needed spring cleaning. Along with taking care of all the fun stuff like cleaning out closets and organizing the garage, it’s also a good time to take stock of how energy efficient your home is – or possibly isn’t. Below are some tried-and-true tips to help you ensure that your home is utilizing energy as efficiently as possible.  Read more

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