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A Guide to Residential Solar

For Vermonters and others in New England

A new, free guide produced for the Vermont Public Service Department will help homeowners navigate the process of going solar.

Vermonters interested in installing a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system have a new resource to help them move towards energy independence. “A Vermonter’s Guide to Residential Solar” was produced by the nonprofit Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the Vermont Public Service Department and is available for a free download http://bit.ly/VT-guide-to-residential-solar.

“Vermont has seen tremendous growth in residential and community-scale solar with over 6,000 installed net-metered solar projects in the state,” noted Public Service Department Commissioner Chris Recchia. “As thousands more Vermonters explore the possibility of going solar, the Vermont Public Service Department is committed to providing quality information to help them navigate the process. It is our hope that affiliated agencies and organizations will help spread the word about this helpful new booklet.”

There are many ways to build and finance a solar PV system. The guide can help residents decide whether doing so makes sense. The guide includes relevant information needed at different points during the decision-making and installation process.

  • Reasons Vermonters choose solar
  • The components of a PV system
  • Opportunities, needs, and other considerations
  • Ways to finance a solar system
  • Solar savings and incentives
  • Choosing contractors and reviewing contracts
  • Solar system permitting
  • After a system is installed

Appendices cover questions to ask a solar contractor, a project checklist, a glossary, and other resources.

The New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership is working to reduce the costs of solar deployment across five New England states by targeting non-hardware solar “soft” costs.

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