Solarize Piedmont

Solarize Piedmont

During the spring of 2018, residents and businesses within PEC's 9-county service area can take advantage of Solarize Piedmont --a cooperative program with The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission to bring solar power to more people in the Commonwealth. 

The benefits of solar power are multi-fold: providing peak power close to the demand, energy security, cost savings, local employment opportunities, and emissions reductions. If you live in PEC's service territory and have been thinking about putting solar power on your home, farm, or business, this is your opportunity to find out if it will work for you and take advantage of some very competitive pricing.

Our 2018 Solarize campaign will run April 2 - May 31

Stay tuned for more details! If you want to look into solar right away, PEC has put together a list of solar installers who do work in the Piedmont. 

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Do you live in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange or Rappahannock? If yes, Solarize Piedmont is the campaign for you.

1. Sign Up

The first step is to sign up for a free solar assessment using the online sign-up form >>

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2. Receive a Satellite Assessment

After you fill out the form, staff from LEAP will perform a satellite assessment of your property (via Google Earth) to determine its suitability for a solar array. You will be contacted with the results within 3-5 days. Primarily, we’re looking for a good location for the solar panels. Most are installed on roofs, so a generally south-facing roof that isn’t shaded by adjacent trees is perfect. Ground-mounted systems are an option for fields or yards that get plenty of sun.

3. Send in a Copy of Your Electric Bill

If your property is a good candidate for solar, LEAP will ask you to share a copy of your prior year’s electric usage by email or text. Email a screenshot or pdf to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text a picture with your name to 703-517-7251. This step helps the installer to determine the optimal size system for your home.

4. Schedule Visit with an Installer

Through a comprehensive and competitive bidding process, we selected two qualified local solar installers for the campaign. Once your electric bill is in hand, we’ll forward your contact information on to one of them. Within three to five days, that installer will contact you to schedule a free site visit to your home to create a proposal tailored for you, your budget, and your home’s energy needs. Sometimes a preliminary proposal is sent using software.

5. Get a Proposal

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After a detailed review of your property and your goals, your contractor will provide a proposal for turnkey services including site visits, permits, materials, installation, and commissioning. Your solar installer can also talk you through financing scenarios.

6. Sign the Proposal

Decide whether the proposal, pricing and financing options are right for you. This may involve a back and forth with the installer to further tailor your options. If you aren’t able to move forward right away, at least you have a better idea of your options!

7. Installation

Two regional, qualified solar installers, Prospect Solar and Solar NOVA, have been selected for the 2018 Solarize Piedmont campaign. Your installer will obtain all necessary permits, order the materials and equipment, and manage the work.

8. Watch Your Meter Run Backward

Once your system is up and running, you use electricity as it is generated and sell back any surplus electricity to the utility. Through “net energy metering,” you get a one-to-one, kilowatt hour-for-kilowatt hour credit on your bill for every unit of electricity produced and put back on the electric grid.

Learn more at The electric utility will never pay you for the solar energy, they just credit your account. The credits are good for 12 months, so a sunny summer can be saving money for you in the winter.

Through the power of our community, we’ve made going solar more affordable than ever. With that said, solar installations come with upfront costs and it’s important to think of your solar panels as an investment — and what a great investment it is!

After a comprehensive and competitive bidding process, LEAP selected two qualified local solar installers for the 2018 Solarize Piedmont campaign. Once you sign up and have the initial satellite assessment completed by LEAP, one of the two installers will be assigned to make a site visit to gather all the information necessary and provide you with a proposal. If you go to contract, the installer will obtain all necessary permits, order materials and equipment, and schedule your installation.

Get started by filling out our online form and getting a free assessment to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar.

In 2016, The Piedmont Environmental Council had 38 solar photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of our newly renovated and expanded headquarters office. 


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-- Learn more about Solarize >>

-- See PEC's solar system >>

Want to talk to someone before signing up for your solar assessment? Email Bri West, PEC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions!

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