Solarize – What is it?

SOLARIZE UPPER VALLEY_Woodstock-Pomfret

What is Solarize 2016?

Our Progress

Our Progress

Solarize is an initiative being organized by Sustainable Woodstock and volunteers to encourage communities to work together to bring more solar energy to our area. Through an agreement with a selected installer, Catamount Solar, they will reduce the cost of solar for everyone as more people sign up for an installation during the campaign. Residents of Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Pomfret, Reading and Woodstock who sign up for a solar installation before June 30th will have access to these  extra incentives! Our goal is to bring at least 180KW of new, clean solar energy to our area!

Why go solar?

Now is the best time to go solar! Vermont’s regulations on solar are set to change next year and they could potentially be making solar less economical. If you sign up for a solar installation before the end of this year you will more than likely be grandfathered into the new regulations for 10 years.

Solar reduces your carbon footprint! Solar energy is renewable and creates energy from a completely clean source; the Sun. By creating your own electricity through solar you are reducing your consumption of dirty fossil fuels and thereby helping reduce your own personal carbon footprint.

Solar supports a local economy! By generating our own solar energy we can keep money, which would  normally would have been sent out of state to support large fossil fuels companies,  in the state or in our pockets. Locally generated solar energy helps make our community and state less vulnerable to the outside markets which are deeply tied to the cost of fossil fuels.

Solar will save you money! The cost of solar is very low right now. With the 30% federal tax incentive and the discounts from Solarize 2016 a home owner could save thousands of dollars on the initial costs of the installation. With a lower initial cost most homeowners are paying off the solar array by making monthly loan payments, roughly equivalent to what they would have been paying for electricity bills. After 10 years of payments the electricity is free. Solar arrays have a lifespan of about 30 years, so after a homeowner has paid off the array they could have free electricity for 20 more years!

Who is our selected installer?

The Catamount Team

The Catamount Team

At the end of 2014 Sustainable Woodstock conducted a very competitive selection process to decide who the selected installer for the Solarize Pomfret/Woodstock campaign would be. Sustainable Woodstock chose to partner with Catamount Solar of Randolph because they were the most obvious choice. Catamount is a local, employee owned company, with lots of experience installing solar installations. They were also chosen because they would best match the energy and needs of our community, in other words they were the least salesmen like.

Catamount conducted about 100 site visits during Solarize Pomfret/Woodstock and everyone we spoke with had nothing but nice things to say about them. With the relationship already built between Sustainable Woodstock, our community, and Catamount it seemed foolish to work with anyone else. This is why Sustainable Woodstock and our communities are so excited to partnering up with Catamount Solar again for Solarize 2016!

Catamount Solar

Catamount Solar

Contact Catamount directly to schedule a free site visit! http:  (802) 728-3600  or Solarize2016@catamountsolar.com

Who are our volunteers?

Volunteers from local energy committees in all six participating communities are working for the next four months to organize support and awareness about Solarize 2016! By volunteering their time through their commitment to creating more solar in our area they are able to make the cost of a solar installation more affordable for us all. We can always use more help to spreading the word, so please let us know if you would like to get involved! Below are the contact people for each participating Solarize 2016 town:

Barnard: Barnard Energy Committee, Elizabeth Ferry, Ferry@innevi.com

Bridgewater: Collen Doyle, CollenDoyle@gmail.com

Hartland: Hartland Energy Committee, Karl Kemnitzer, Kkemvt@gmail.com

Pomfret: Pomfret Energy Committee, Norwood Long, Norward@myfairpoint.net

Reading: Reading Energy Committee, Rebecca Basch, Rebeccabasch@comcast.net

Woodstock: Sustainable Woodstock Energy Action Committee, Zachariah Ralph, Zach@sustainablewoodstock.org

 
Sign up for a free site visit with Catamount Solar!

*First and Last Name:

*Physical Street Address:

*Physical Town & State:

*Phone Number:

*Email:

Woodstock Launch at the Norman Williams Public Library

Woodstock Launch at the Norman Williams Public Library

Quechee resident, Brian Gatch play beautiful acoustic guitar for the launch

Quechee resident, Brian Gatch play beautiful acoustic guitar for the launch

Doc speaks with a homeowner at the Woodstock Launch

Doc speaks with a homeowner at the Woodstock Launch

Bridgewater Launch at the Creative Common space in the Bridgewater Mill mall

Bridgewater Launch at the Creative Common space in the Bridgewater Mill mall

Doc speaks with homeowner at Bridgewater launch

Doc speaks with homeowner at Bridgewater launch

Always something local and delicious to snack on!

Always something local and delicious to snack on!

Hartland Launch at the Hartland Public Library

Hartland Launch at the Hartland Public Library

Doc speaks with homeowners at the Hartland Launch

Doc speaks with homeowners at the Hartland Launch

Solarize volunteer Becky Basch speaks with Reading homeowners

Solarize volunteer Becky Basch speaks with Reading homeowners

Reading Launch at Keepers Cafe

Reading Launch at Keepers Cafe

Comments are closed.