When more homes go solar, we all save!
Kearsarge Climate Action is teaming up with Vital Communities to help residents in Andover, Newbury, New London, Sutton, Warner, and Wilmot go solar in 2019.
What is Solarize?
A Trusted Installer. We’ve competitively selected a solar installer you can trust: Granite State Solar. You don’t have to work with our chosen installer, but you can have confidence in their price, equipment, and service.
A Simple Process. Vital Communities and the Solarize Kearsarge volunteer team are here to help you understand where to begin, what to expect, and the costs and benefits of going solar.
A Great Deal. Our installer, Granite State Solar, is offering special pricing for residents in our six participating towns who sign a contract by June 30. As more people go solar, the price drops for everyone!
Solarize Kearsarge Kick-Off Event | Saturday, April 13, 10-11:30 am
Ivey Science Center, Colby-Sawyer College
Learn about the costs and benefits of going solar, meet neighbors who have already gone solar, meet our Solarize Kearsarge partner installer, and sign up for a solar site visit.
Don\’t live in the Kearsarge region?
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during the site visit?
A solar site visit is the best way to find out if solar could work for you.
When you request a site visit, our partner installer Granite State Solar will contact you and schedule a time to come visit your home.
Before the site visit, the Granite State Solar team may ask you some questions over the phone or by email about your electricity usage, the orientation of your home, the age of your roof, whether there are large trees near your house, etc. They may also look at your home using satellite imagery.
Your site visit will be free and will usually take between 30 and 60 minutes. The installer will take pictures and take measurements related to solar exposure. The installer may also want to look at your electric meter, past electric bills, and sometimes also your roof rafters if there is any question of whether they can support the additional weight of a solar array.
If your site is better suited for a ground-mounted array, the installer will discuss possible locations with you.
After the site visit, the installer will send you a detailed quote.
How long does the process take, from site visit to install?
The process can be as fast as a couple of months. It can take a few weeks to schedule a site visit and decide whether or not to go solar. If you decide to move ahead, it will take a week or two to secure state incentives and approval from your utility before your installer can start on your installation. The installation itself will take 1-3 days, after which your installer will walk you through everything you need to know about your new system, and your utility company will come plug your system into the grid so you can start saving.
How much does it cost to go solar?
Every home is different, so a solar site visit is the best way to find out if solar could work for you and how much it will cost.
Out of 181 contracts for solar signed through Solarize Upper Valley in 2015 (including many towns across the Upper Valley) the average gross cost (before incentives) was $23,810, and the average size was 6.01 kW. Of course, cost and system size will vary from house to house.
Can I finance my solar system?
Many banks offer loans specially designed to help you go solar. Vital Communities is updating a list of local loan options and will post that on this webpage after March 1.
Are there any rebates or incentives for going solar?
- If you participate in Solarize Kearsarge and have your solar panels installed before the end of 2019, you can take advantage of a 30% federal solar tax credit. After 2019, that tax credit will go down to 26%.
- The NH Public Utilities Commission runs a residential solar rebate program that still had funding available as of February 2019. Granite State Solar can help you qualify for that rebate if it is still available when you are ready to sign your contract.
- As a Solarize Kearsarge participant, if you sign a sign a contract by our June program deadline, you will receive our special Solarize Kearsarge pricing, which goes down as more of your neighbors sign up to go solar.
How did you select Granite State Solar as your partner installer?
A team of local volunteers sent out a Request for Proposals to many solar installers. After reviewing proposals and interviewing four installers, the selection team chose Granite State Solar for a variety of reasons, including their roots in our community, their experience with other Solarize campaigns, their customer service, and their competitive pricing.
Solarize Upper Valley 2013-2015
2 years · 24 towns · 370 new solar homes · 2.2 MW renewable energy
Between 2013 and 2015, Vital Communities has teamed up with communities and solar installers across the Upper Valley to help residents and small businesses go solar. Our goal: Ramp up adoption of solar across the Upper Valley.
Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator
— Paige Heverly, Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator
Paige Heverly joined Vital Communities in 2017 as the Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator. Hailing from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she moved to Vermont in 2011 and earned a joint BA in Renewable Energy and Ecological Design and Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College. After completing her Master of Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School, Paige worked in energy efficiency consulting in Portland, Oregon. Her love of local food systems, the White River, and the Green Mountains brought her back to the Upper Valley to work on regional issues with localized solutions. Paige is passionate about closing ecological loops and treating waste as food. In her free time, she enjoys baking homemade English muffins, weeding her garden, and writing letters to her pen pals.
Energy Program Manager
— Sarah Brock, Energy Program Manager
Sarah Brock joined Vital Communities in 2013 as our Energy Program Manager. Through her work Sarah provides support for our region’s 40+ local energy committees, engaging with dozens of volunteers and clean energy businesses in programs like Solarize Upper Valley, Weatherize Upper Valley, and the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network. Prior to joining the Vital Communities team, Sarah was an Environmental Philanthropy Associate with the High Meadows Fund, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. Sarah now lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband Zach and her chickens. When she's not busy advocating for energy efficiency, Sarah enjoys playing the trombone and taking walks in her backwoods to look for signs of New Hampshire's abundant wildlife.