If you’ve been thinking about putting solar panels on your roof, Fairfax County may have just the deal for you.
The county is partnering with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the nonprofit Local Energy Assistance Program to offer a program called Solarize Fairfax County. County officials say the program is like a Groupon for solar, offering one-time, low prices with companies chosen through competitive bids.
A county government news release claims that by going solar you can cut your electric bill by as much as 50-percent, depending the conditions at your home. To see the possible saving where you live, enter your address on this map.
There are also tax savings to be had. The federal government offers a 30 percent tax credit for solar systems through 2019, making now the time to install. This credit decreases over the next five years, and it will expire at the end of 2021. Fairfax County also offers a credit on real estate taxes , and the county waives all permit fees for the installation .
The Solarize Fairfax County program runs from April 18 through June 30.
Here’s how you get started:
- Sign up for a free solar assessment . No commitment to install solar is required.
- Attend an information session on April 20 or 26 in Fairfax or Alexandria to learn whether solar is right for you, understand pricing and financing options and meet the contractors who will install the equipment. Attendance is not required but recommended if plan to participate in the program.
“I’m excited that the Solarize Fairfax County campaign is starting,” says Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross who chairs the Board of Supervisors Environmental Committee. “Fairfax County residents now will have the opportunity to get all the information they need from qualified professionals in the solar industry, know exactly what needs to be done and how much money they can save, and practice environmental stewardship, all at the same time.”