Solarize Norwich is the Norwich Energy Committee's effort to promote the installation of residential-scale solar energy systems in the town. To meet Vermont’s clean energy goals (90% renewable by 2050), Norwich should install about 36 solar systems per year.
The growth of solar in Norwich has been remarkable:
...prior to our first Solarize campaign in 2012, there were 40 homes, with a total of 163 kW installed
...in the 2012 Solarize campaign, 11 more homes with an additional 47 kW installed
...in 2013, 20 more homes, with an additional 89 kW installed
...in 2014, 58 more homes, with an additional 259 kW installed (both on-site and off-site, in a "solar park")
...in 2015, 43 more homes, with an additional 212 kW installed (on-site and off-site)
...in 2016, 55 more homes, with an additional 321 kW installed (on-site and off-site)
...in 2017, 31 more homes, with an additional 179 kW installed (on-site and off-site)
The number of solar homes in Norwich is now about 20% of all the residences!
An important consideration is that the 30% Federal tax credit for a homeowner's investment in solar continues at 30% through 12/31/2019. It falls to 26% through 2020, then 22% in 2021. After that, a 10% credit will be available for commercial solar. To take advantage of this significant incentive, construction on your solar array must begin by the deadline. Here is a summary of the federal tax credit.
Here is our Basic Solar Info Sheet, with an introduction to residential solar and net-metering.
Here is A Homeowner's Guide to Solar Financing, prepared by the Clean Energy States Alliance.
Here is A Vermonter's Guide to Residential Solar, also prepared by the Clean Energy States Alliance.
Once you've decided to go solar, you open up new opportunities for energy savings, and associated savings for the cost of energy. Have you noticed the proliferation of electric vehicles in Norwich? There are several local families driving cars that are charged from the home array, which is about as cool as it gets. The most efficient way to heat your home is with a cold climate heat pump, and if you have a solar array, you will be "fueling" your heat pump with your own electricity. (Kind of like heating with wood from your own wood lot, only fewer backaches.) The same goes for heat-pump water heaters.