Solarize Plus Yarmouth | Town of Yarmouth, MA Solar Program
What is Solarize Plus Yarmouth?
This program is a cooperative effort between state, local officials, clean energy technology installers, and Yarmouth resident volunteers to spread the word on the environmental and economic benefits of clean and renewable energy technologies. The goals include offering affordable solar panels and mini-splits.
Solarize Plus Yarmouth offers residents and small businesses Solar Photovoltaics (PV), Battery Storage for Solar PV, and Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP).
The selected ASHP installer, South Shore Climate Control is offering reduced pricing on Fujitsu and Mitsubishi units. The chosen Solar installer, Solar Wolf Energy, is offering the #1 Solar Panel on the market to Yarmouth: SunPower!
Just some of the Solarize Plus benefits:
- A great way to save money and help improve the Yarmouth environment.
- Community driven educational and outreach program by the local residents of Yarmouth.
- Incredibly reduced cost for the best solar panels on the market.
- Fully vetted Solar installer, by Yarmouth volunteers & Mass. Clean Energy Center.
- Reduce your reliability on dirty fossil fuels for a greener Yarmouth.
- Solar homes sell for more and increase around 4% in value!
- Return on investment is between 3-5 years! (Average ROI in MA without Solarize is 10+ years)
- Encourages the adoption of solar energy use by small businesses.
The Yarmouth Solarize Plus program results in significantly reduced pricing by using a competitive installer selection process and aggregating homeowner buying power to lower installation price for participants.
Who is the PV Installer - Solar Wolf Energy?
Founded on the principles of honesty & transparency, Solar Wolf Energy is a solar installer with over 25 years of combined experience in electrical, construction, roofing, and energy efficient technology - ensuring residents of Yarmouth can look forward to reliable customer service & superior pv installations.
Solar Wolf Energy is managed by associates that are well respected in their locations and trades. We focus on the old adage to under promise and over deliver every time. We have more well rounded experience than any other solar company around.
By focusing on the customer needs, being fully transparent throughout the whole process and not trying to up sell their customers more than they need, we are a top tier energy company that is second to none!
Some quick facts on Solar Wolf Energy:
- Founded in 2015 by Chairman Ted Strzelecki, led by CEO Taylor Bennett.
- Awarded #427 in the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America for 2020!
- 2nd fastest growing company in Massachusetts in 2020.
- Solar Wolf takes care of everything from sale, to permitting, construction, commissioning, and monitoring.
- Our strategic partnerships with leading manufacturers enable us to provide extremely competitive rates.
- Sister company Roof Wolf opened in 2019.
- Sister company Aqua Wolf Plumbing opened in 2020.
- Operation Care Wolf, a non-profit centered around securing housing resources for low-income veterans, opened in 2021.
Why Participate In Solarize Plus Yarmouth?
As a homeowner, business owner or landlord, the last thing you want is an expensive electric bill that can put a major strain on your wallet. Unfortunately utility rates continue to SOAR every year. By using our enhanced and specialized software, we can design the best solar system that fits your needs and looks good doing it!
Solar Wolf Energy is proud to offer SunPower panels to the residents of Yarmouth at the most competitive rates on the market, thanks to a long-established strategic partnership between the local installer and the national manufacturer.
Our ability to offer SunPower products for well below market rate is a unique opportunity for participants of the Yarmouth Solarize Plus campaign. SunPower is the best solar equipment manufacturer in the country.
The Statistics about SunPower:
- SunPower panels generate more energy than conventional solar panels.
- Most efficient solar panel on the market, hands down.
- Guaranteed peak power rating of 92% in year 25.
- 60% Fewer visible parts for an incredibly sleek design.
- SunPower solar systems are meticulously designed and tested.
- Sunpower panels are able to stand up to the harshest conditions in New England.
- Get bigger savings with 55% more energy generation.
- Be confident with our industry-leading 25 year warranty.
Behold the Beauty of SunPower Solar Panels!
Get Educated On Solar Energy & Battery Backup
A solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity.
Each photovoltaic cell is essentially a sandwich made up of two slices of semi-conducting material, usually silicon which is the same stuff used in electronics.
Sunlight is composed of photons, or particles of radiant solar energy. These photons contain various amounts of energy depending on the wavelength of the solar spectrum. When the photons strike a solar cell, some are absorbed while others are reflected. When the material absorbs sufficient photon energy, electrons within the solar cell material dislodge from their atoms.
To work, photovoltaic cells need to establish an electric field. Quite similar to a magnetic field, which occurs due to opposite poles, an electric field occurs when opposite charges are separated. To get this field, manufacturers "dope" silicon with other materials, giving each slice of the sandwich a positive or negative electrical charge.
To be exact, they seed phosphorous into the top layer of silicon, which adds extra electrons, with a negative charge, to that layer. Meanwhile, the bottom layer gets a dose of boron, which results in fewer electrons, or a positive charge. This all adds up to an electric field at the junction between the silicon layers. Then, when a photon of sunlight knocks an electron free, the electric field will push that electron out of the silicon junction.
When many electrons, each carrying a negative charge, travel toward the front surface of the cell, the resulting imbalance of charge between the cell's front and back surfaces creates a voltage potential like the negative and positive terminals of a battery. When the two surfaces are connected through an external load, electricity flows.
A couple of other components of the cell turn these electrons into usable power. Metal conductive plates on the sides of the cell collect the electrons and transfer them to wires. At that point, the electrons can flow like any other source of electricity. And viola, you have clean renewable power from a collection of photovoltaic (pv) cells!close
Home Battery backup systems are the wave of the future. Home Batteries offer seamless backup power, with or without solar! When paired with a home solar system they can virtually eliminate blackouts in an off-the-grid lifestyle. It's time to ditch those loud gas eating generators for a virtually silent backup power source.
A self-powered home combines solar energy and home battery backup to independently power your home day and night. During the day, solar panels may produce more energy than your home uses. Batteries store that excess solar energy and makes it available on demand, even after the sun has set. Through the Battery app, you will have full visibility into your self-powered home.
Home Batteries can detect an outage, disconnect from the grid, and automatically restore power to your home in a fraction of a second. You will not even notice that the power went out. Your lights and appliances will continue to run without interruption. If you have solar and home batteries, then solar energy will continue to power your home and recharge those batteries. Without home battery backup, solar will shut down during an outage.
If your utility prices vary throughout the day, set your home battery in Time-Based Control to maximize savings. Your battery learns patterns in your energy usage and solar generation—using stored energy to avoid purchasing high-cost electricity.
Batteries paired with a solar system are essential for energy independence! Protect your home from the next power outage and keep your lights on, phones charged, and no puddles under the fridge. You can rest assured that even when your neighbors lose power, your home will still be humming!close
A solar inverter or PV inverter, is a type of electrical converter which converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. It is a critical balance of system (BOS) component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary AC-powered equipment. Solar power inverters have special functions adapted for use with photovoltaic arrays, including maximum power point tracking and anti-islanding protection.
Inverters play a crucial role in any solar energy system and are often considered to be the brains of a project, whether it’s a 2-kW residential system or a 5-MW utility power plant. An inverter’s basic function is to “invert” the direct current (DC) output into alternating current (AC). AC is the standard used by all commercial appliances, which is why many view inverters as the “gateway” between the photovoltaic (PV) system and the energy off-taker.
Inverter technologies have advanced significantly, such that in addition to converting DC to AC, they provide a number of other capabilities and services to ensure that the inverter can operate at an optimal performance level, such as data monitoring, advanced utility controls, applications and system design engineering. Inverter manufacturers also provide post-installation services that are integral to maintaining energy production and a high level of performance for the project, including preventative maintenance, O&M services and a quick mean time to repair (MTTR).
Depending on the solar company or the system requirements, a different type of solar inverter might be used. A microinverter has a higher upfront cost, but can save you on efficiency and provide longer-term savings. They also supply deeper and more accurate monitoring capabilities of the system's energy production performance.close
If you're considering whether going solar is a worthwhile financial move for your home, there are essentially two factors that you should look at:
- The costs associated with Solar Power.
- The utility rates you pay for electricity from the grid.
Going solar makes economic sense when solar electricity costs less than grid electricity! Retail residential electricity rates (the amount you pay per kilowatt-hour, or ¢/kWh) have risen sharply across the nation over the last 10 years.
Electricity is a volatile market with many factors affecting the rate. The general consensus is that, like many recent years, electricity rates are getting higher for end users in 2021. Here's why:
Electricity prices generally reflect the cost to build, finance, maintain, and operate power plants and the electricity grid (the complex system of power transmission and distribution lines). Some for-profit utilities also include a financial return for owners and shareholders in their electricity prices.
The electricity transmission and distribution systems that deliver electricity have maintenance costs, which include repairing damage to the systems from accidents or extreme weather conditions.
Electricity demand is just as high as ever. The global demand rose 4% last year and is expected to keep going up. Are you financially prepared to pay more and more for your electricity as time goes on? A lot of homeowners are getting sick and tired of lining the pockets of those evil utility companies!
As for solar, it is clear that costs are coming down. Rooftop solar panels are now more affordable and accessible than ever. This is why more and more households are having solar energy systems installed: going solar is a great way to reduce or completely eliminate your power bills.
A lot of people in the United States regularly have electricity bills that are hundreds of dollars a month. If you’re one of those people, adding solar panels to your house and seeing your net electricity usage drop to zero (or even negative) on your utility bill is a pretty amazing thing!close
The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to support the growth of solar energy in the United States. Since the ITC was enacted in 2006, the U.S. solar industry has grown by more than 10,000% - creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and investing billions of dollars in the U.S. economy in the process.
Extended renewable energy tax credits have been included in a $1.4 trillion federal spending package alongside a $900 billion COVID-19 virus relief spending bill. The solar investment tax credit (ITC), which was scheduled to drop from 26% to 22% in 2021, will stay at 26% for two more years.
This means that solar projects in all market segments — residential, commercial, industrial, utility-scale — that begin construction in 2021 and 2022 will still be able to receive a tax credit at 26%. All markets will drop to a 22% tax credit in 2023, and the residential market will drop to 0% while the commercial and utility markets will sit at a permanent 10% credit beginning in 2024.
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is currently a 26 percent federal tax credit claimed against the tax liability of residential and commercial and utility investors in solar energy property. The residential ITC allows the homeowner to apply the credit to his/her personal income taxes. This credit is used when homeowners purchase solar systems and have them installed on their homes.
A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the income taxes that a person or company would otherwise pay the federal government. The ITC is based on the amount of investment in solar property. Both the residential and commercial ITC are equal to 26 percent of the basis that is invested in eligible solar property which has begun construction through 2021.
The moral of the story is to USE IT BEFORE YOU LOSE IT!close
One of the reasons for the growth of solar in the last few years is because of the availability of solar incentives. In addition to the federal tax credit, state and local governments offer grants and rebates to offset the cost of the installation and even provide passive income for a number of years.
Massachusetts has always had some of the best incentives in the country. Now with the SMART program, they are poised to take the lead in making solar even more affordable for every homeowner and company.
The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program is a new solar incentive for residential and commercial solar projects in MA. Established by the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources (DOER), the SMART Program’s goal is to create 3,200 MW of new energy production from solar! This program works by creating a consistent incentive structure that is an improvement over the constantly-fluctuating SREC rates.
One of the unique features of the SMART program is its declining block rate structure. Unlike the SREC program, whose rates went up and down on a regular basis, the available incentives decline the longer the program runs. In other words, the earlier you sign up for this program, the better incentive you will receive.
If you are accepted into the SMART program, you will receive your incentive every month for the length of the program: smaller residential projects receive a 10-year agreement, while larger commercial projects can qualify for a 20-year term.
There are some limitations to the SMART program. The program only applies to new solar installations that are connected to one of the three participating utility companies: Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil. In addition, the program requires successful completion of the SMART program application.close
Solar is a simple, minimum-maintenance technology. Unlike other energy technologies, solar PV contains no moving parts.
This means it’s not likely your equipment will fail. You should not have to replace your panels at all during their lifetime. Wiring is the part of solar PV that most commonly requires maintenance because squirrels and other animals may tamper with it. Even in those cases, damage tends to be minimal.
Solar panels do not need to be washed, as rain and snow naturally clean them. We do not recommend climbing up to your panels to wash them. Do you live in a rainy climate? In many scenarios, rain will wash off the debris your solar panels collect, especially when installed at a steeper tilt.
Seeing your roof getting too comfy with a snow blanket? Fortunately, most of the time the snow will melt in around a day or two due to the sun’s rays and the heat your home produces. Besides ice build up, you shouldn’t worry about your solar panels during the cold weather.
Solar panels generally require very little maintenance. They are very durable and should last around 25-30 years with no maintenance.close
An air-source heat pump can provide efficient heating and cooling for your home. When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes. This is possible because a heat pump moves heat rather than converting it from a fuel like combustion heating systems do.
As your home warms up, the vapor cools and is pumped back through the first heat exchanger to collect more heat energy from the outside air. This happens continually to maintain your air temperature.
In warmer months, this process simply runs in the opposite direction to cool your home. Instead of transferring the heat from outside air to inside, the refrigerant is pumped through a heat exchanger inside your home first, where it absorbs heat energy and moves it outside.
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