Solarize – Costs and Incentives

How does Solarize save you money?

Through an agreement reached with Catamount Solar, they will reduce the price of the solar installation for everyone based on quantity of agreements. Through bulk sales Catamout can reduce their overhead costs and pass the savings down to the consumer. Working with the community volunteers helps raise more awareness about the program allowing Catamount to do what they do best, install solar arrays.  This again helps creates  more savings which are passed onto future solar homeowners!

Tiered Pricing System

The pricing for a solar installation is unique to each household and is based on how much money you spent on electricity annually.

There are 5 Price Tiers for Solarize 2016. We will move up into the next tier when more people sign up for a solar installation. The average  size of  residential solar array is 6kW. Based on the average size of an array it may take as little as 30 signs ups for us to get to tier 5!

Tiers Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5
Total Solar Capacity Reached 0-30kW 30-70kW 70-120kW 120-180kW >180kW
Price $3.75/Watt $3.70/Watt $3.65/Watt $3.60/Watt $3.50/Watt

Other Incentives!

  • 26 % Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit A taxpayer may claim a credit of 26% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. Expenditures with respect to the equipment are treated as made when the installation is completed. If the installation is at a new home, the “placed in service” date is the date of occupancy by the homeowner. Expenditures include labor costs for on-site preparation, assembly or original system installation, and for piping or wiring to interconnect a system to the home. If the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward to the succeeding taxable year. For more information, visit


  • Solar Production Credits from Net Metering When your solar system generates more energy than you use, this energy is fed back into the grid. Your system keeps track of this amount and your utility company will credit your electric bill for the amount of energy fed back to the grid. This system is called “net metering.” You can use these net metered credits in the winter, when we have less solar energy from the sun. The rate you are paid for energy varies depending on utility, and Vermont’s Public Utility Commission has also changed rates over the years. Learn more here.


Making Solar a reality!

Making Solar a reality!

W/O Solarize Tier 1 Tier 5
Basic System Price (no adders) $20,280 $19,500 $18,200
30% Federal Tax Credit $ 6,084 $ 5,850 $ 5,460
Net Customer Cost $14,196 $13,650 $12,740

With the Green Mountain Power’s $.053/kWh “Solar Adder” incentive: estimated 6,200kWh x $0.20 = $1,240/year power credit

Estimated 9 to 10 year payback (including utility rate escalation)

Financing Options

Catamount can assist you with identifying financing options Through various sources via both secured and unsecured loans from leading institutions, including:

–VT State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) VGREEN Program – see

–Mascoma Savings Bank – see

–Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program – see

–Your own local bank (home equity loan)

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