Solarize Kearsarge

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.

Step One

Sign up for a FREE Solarize site visit
by May 31 (the sooner the better)

DEADLINE August 9

Friday, August 9 is the DEADLINE to sign your Solarize contract with Granite State Solar.

From our April 13 kick-off event

ENTIRE event slideshow or specific slides about:

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 request a site visit by May 31 and sign a contract within 30 days of receiving their quote. As more people go solar, the price drops for everyone!

Questions? Be in touch!

  • Vital Communities: Sarah Brock, sarah@vitalcommunities.org, 802.291.9100 x109
  • Volunteer Team: Jamie Hess, nordicskate@gmail.com, 802.291.3939
  • Granite State Solar: Jaimie Harris, Jaimie@granitestatesolar.com, 603-369-4318

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 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 entire process may take a couple of months. It can take a few weeks to schedule a site visit, and then another week or so to receive your detailed quote. If you decide to move ahead, it will take a week or two to secure state incentives (if available) and approval from your utility before your installer can start on your installation. Your installer will help with that paperwork. 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.

CLICK HERE to view the slide from our kick-off event on the Solarize program timeline.

How much does it cost to go solar?

Every home is different, so cost, savings and benefits will vary. According to Granite State Solar, the average home typically offsets 100% of its electrical consumption with the installation of an 8kW solar array. During this campaign, as more homes that install solar, the cost-per-watt will drop for everyone. With the tiered low prices from Solarize Kearsarge, a well-sited solar investment can pay for itself within eight years or less.

CLICK HERE to view more details on Solarize costs and savings from our kick-off events.

Can I finance my solar system?

Yes!

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 by the end of April.

In the meantime, Granite State Solar works closely with VSECU, a credit union founded in Vermont that now offers one of the best green loan options in either state. Granite State Solar will include information about that financing option in your Solarize quote, which you will receive after you complete your Solarize site visit.

Are there any rebates or incentives for going solar?

Yes!

  1. 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%.
  2. 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.
  3. As a Solarize Kearsarge participant, if you request a Solarize site visit by May 31 and sign a contract within 30 days of receiving your quote,  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.

Learn more about Granite State Solar online at granitestatesolar.com

Or CLICK HERE to view the slide from our kick-off event about Granite State Solar.

Why only one installer?

Solarize Kearsarge is modeled after other solarize campaigns in the Upper Valley and across the country. These campaigns are proven to work best when a single installer is chosen as a partner for a specific region during a specific and limited timeframe. Why? To make it possible to negotiate discounts that increase as more people sign on to install solar. And to make the Solarize program as simple as possible for those who wish to participate.

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inspire a whole lot of people to install solar this year. Studies show that when more people in a community install solar, there is even more demand for solar in the future. As they say, a rising tide floats all boats. Our efforts through Solarize Kearsarge this year should create a ripple effect for years to come.

What if I do not live in one of the participating towns?

Live nearby? Call Granite State Solar (603-369-4318) and ask if they would be willing to extend the Solarize Kearsarge pricing to you. There are many other great local solar companies as well if you cannot participate in Solarize.

Want to bring Solarize to your town? Our Solarize Toolkit has timelines, templates, and examples to help any community plan a successful solar campaign.

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.

Learn more by reading our Report from Solarize Round One, and Report from Solarize Round Two.


Ana Mejia

Climate Projects Coordinator

Transportation, Energy

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Transportation, Energy

— Ana Mejia, Climate Projects Coordinator

Ana Mejia is the Climate Projects Coordinator at Vital Communities. She is a Southern California native and first arrived to the Upper Valley in 2018. Ana received her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she wrote her thesis on solar home affordability and energy efficiency programs for low income families. When she is not actively working towards creating sustainable communities, Ana enjoys swimming, cross-country skiing, birding, and trying out new dessert recipes with her KitchenAid mixer.



Sarah Brock

Energy Program Manager

Energy

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Energy

— 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.