The world is changing. Increasingly, cities are trying to work with nature to create systems that more closely reflect natural systems. Stormwater is being infiltrated to recharge groundwater, solid waste is recycled or burned to generate power for 20,000 homes annually and roof-top solar panels are increasingly providing electricity for Arlingtonians.
What could be more natural, Arlington, than using the sun? Solar power has been the energy source of the future for decades and we’ve been waiting for solar panels to make the one last technological breakthrough that makes it cost-competitive. It’s always been a few years away.
Stop for a second and think about not having an electric bill or having a very minimal electric bill. That sounds nice, right? Wait no longer, folks. Solar is here.
Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy is partnering with the Potomac Solar Co-Op to offer residents a 20-30% discount on solar panels for your home. Last year, the Rethink Energy team helped 34 homeowners put solar on their roof through the co-op. That effort helped increase the number of solar systems by 42%.
Solar has never been more affordable. The price of solar has dropped by about 50% over the last decade. Depending on the size of your home, you may be able to put solar panels on your roof to generate most, if not all, of the electricity you use in your home. Prices are less than $10,000 after co-op discounts and federal tax credits. This provides you with clean energy and significantly reduces your energy bills for many years to come.
If you’re interested in joining, sign up on the co-op website. This allows VA SUN to screen your roof virtually, and they’ll keep you posted on next steps. There’s no obligation until you sign a contract.