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Solarize Fredericksburg Runs July 4-Sept 4

Summer Deals for Homeowners to Add Rooftop Solar at Reduced Costs through Sept. 4 

Beginning July 4th and running through September 4th, solar power will be more convenient and affordable than ever for area residents thanks to Solarize Fredericksburg, an innovative campaign that offers bulk purchasing discounts and free solar site assessments. The program is run by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in partnership with Tree FredericksburgBasic Commerce and Industries (BCI)Stafford PrintingStevenson RidgeFriends of the Rappahannock, and the University of Mary Washington and Marstel-Day as part of the regional Climate, Environment, and Readiness (CLEAR) Plan. Solarize Fredericksburg is a one-stop-shop for residents, businesses, and organizations in Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties as well as the City of Fredericksburg.

LEAP has executed successful Solarize programs in Charlottesville, Falls Church, Herndon, Leesburg/Loudoun, Nelson County, Vienna, and the 9-County territory served by the Piedmont Environmental Council. The program makes going solar simple and affordable. It allows participants to learn more about solar options specific to their homes and take advantage of a streamlined installation and financing process. With the 30% federal tax credit set to expire at the end of 2016, this could be the last, best opportunity to go solar.

Area residents interested in learning more about their solar and reduced rate financing options can go online and sign-up for free to be a part of the program today! Join now at www.solarizeva.org.

LEAP will be offering a series of Solarize Fredericksburg information sessions for those interested to hear from solar professionals, past program participants, and financing advisors (attendance at a session is required to participate in Solarize):

July 15, 6-8pm – Marstel-Day office in Downtown Fredericksburg

August 1, 10am-12pm – Snow Branch Library – Spotsylvania

August 15, 9-11am – Porter Branch Library – Stafford

August 31, 6-8pm – Marstel-Day office in Downtown Fredericksburg

Get more event details: http://solarizeva.org/events

 

“With bulk purchasing for solar installations, Solarize Fredericksburg gives everyone in our region the opportunity to save money on their energy bills and insulate their homes and businesses from power disruptions from storms and other emergencies. It helps move us toward American energy independence.” — Richard Finkelstein, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at University of Mary Washington

“LEAP is excited to bring our wildly popular Solarize program to the Fredericksburg area. We’ve seen a surge in interest across Virgina by homeowners who are motivated by the discounted prices and know that our clean energy future starts with their roof.” – Andrew Grigsby, Interim Executive Director, LEAP

 

Easy- Homeowners and businesses in Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties and the City of Fredericksburg can get started with a simple online application and take advantage of free or discounted energy efficiency consultations and a free solar site assessment. This year, participants will be asked to sign a Letter of Intent if they meet pre-qualification standards as well as attend a brief information session (dates listed above).

Affordable- A key aspect of this grassroots effort is community participation. When community residents rally behind solar, local installers are able to offer lower prices to Solarize participants through bulk purchasing, reduced travel, and offset marketing costs. Prices are expected to be discounted 15-18% .

More Savings- In addition to Solarize Fredericksburg’s bulk purchasing discounts, LEAP will help participants access a 30% federal tax credit(set to expire in the end of 2016) and navigate the Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) market.

Smart- The Energy Information Administration projects a 2% annual rise in residential energy rates for the Mid-Atlantic. Solar customers regularly see an 8% or better return on investment.

Proven- Over the past year LEAP’s Solarize campaigns across the Commonwealth have seen 150 and counting Virginia homeowners and businesses sign contracts for solar panels for their roofs.