solar

get started with solar

 

Pair solar energy upgrade with energy efficiency. (“Reduce and Produce”)

Although it’s easy to overlook the common sources of energy loss within your home, it’s important to be able to identify and to repair these issues before they continue to waste energy and increase your energy bills. Some of these common issues include air leaks, leaky connections in a duct system, and HVAC systems that are out of date and inefficient. LEAP offers several different solutions to fixed these problems and to improve overall efficiency.

● For Dominion customers, LEAP offers free Home Energy Check-Ups. One of our energy coaches will evaluate the efficiency of your home and install a number of energy efficient products, such as CFL light bulbs, smart power strips, pipe insulation, and door weatherization.

● Home Energy Audits are also available for a more intensive testing and thorough evaluation of your home.

● Last but not least, the Home Performance with Energy Star Program is a way of making your home as efficient as possible before installing solar panels through the Solarize Charlottesville. Energy Star appliances decrease the need to pull energy from the grid, and send larger amounts of energy to the grid to offset the impact of other inefficient homes.

 

Solarize

Solar panels are not right for many homes, but just because you suspect that your home might not be suitable you should still inquire about participating in the Solarize Charlottesville Program. Before you sign up it may be helpful for you to consider the impact your home would have on the efficiency of the panels. To help you do this you can create a solar path diagram (see below).

Signing up for the program is easy and it only consists of 5 Steps:

1. Get a free assessment to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar energy. This step includes a free Home Energy Check-up for all Dominion Electric Customers.

2. Leverage the Solarize discount and local financing.

3. Install solar panels

4. Generate Electricity to use or sell it back to utility

5. Start saving on electricity bills

 

Create your own solar-path diagram.

 

It can be helpful to have an idea of what to expect before having your home assessed for solar panels. A good way to do this is to look at a solar path diagram for your property. This tool is a map that shows the path that the sun takes around your home throughout the year. You can visit suncalc.net and enter the address of your home and a date. To determine where the sun is positioned at a specific time, drag the slider and watch as the sun’s rays change direction from sunrise to sunset.

Important Sun Dates

From here you can determine if your roof is facing the right direction and if any obstructions, tall trees or buildings, would block the sun’s rays at times of day when you would be using a lot of electricity. To further understand how the position of the sun relative to your home changes throughout the year visit this link.

 

 

Additional Resources

LEAP: Solar Power 101

Solarize Charlottesville 

http://solarlove.org/how-solar-cells-work-components-operation-of-solar-cells/

http://teams.eas.muohio.edu/solarpower/video/solarcell2.mpeg

http://pureenergies.com/us/home-solar/why-do-it-now/

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/28/9-suprising-things-about-people-who-go-solar-infographic/

http://cleantechnica.com/solar-power/