Q. What is tiered pricing?

Tiered pricing is where the cost for solar is reduced according to how many people sign up, and may be a good way to provide lower cost solar. The more people that sign up the lower the cost.  For example: If 10 people sign up it will cost 4.00 per watt, if 25 people sign up it might cost 3.50 a watt and if 50 people sign up it might cost $3.00 a watt – (these numbers are not the actual costs).

Q. If I live in Dummerston, do I have to work with the Solarize installer selected?

Homeowners in Dummerston who want to go solar are not required to work with the official Solarize installer partner. However, homeowners who don’t go through their Solarize installer won’t benefit from Dummerston pricing structure (the price of solar for the solarize program is lower and may go down as more residents sign up). Solarize Dummerston uses a competitive selection process to select their partner installer – so homeowners who choose to work with Solarize Dummerston installer can have confidence in that installer’s competitive prices, quality equipment, and quality service has been reviewed and vetted by our team of volunteers. There are many highly qualified solar installers in the area to choose from – we want you to consider going solar, no matter which installer you choose. See our list of installers who have bid on Solarize Dummerston, and visit our Solar Energy page for a more comprehensive list.

Q. How long does the process take, from site visit to solar installation?

The process can be as fast as a couple of months. We expect all Solarize installations will be completed within 120 days. When you start the process on the sign up for a free site visit page a Solarize installer will call you back within a day or two and schedule a site visit that same week. The installer will then put together a proposal for you based on your home and your needs, including the special Solarize pricing. If you decide to sign a contract and go solar, it will take a week or two to secure state CPG (certificate of good) approval 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 connect your system into the grid so you can start saving.

Q. I have a great solar site, and not much money. Are there any options for someone in this situation?

That would depend on your credit, it is possible to finance it for the same or nearly the same cost as your current electric bill. This also assumes that you can take advantage of the 30% income tax credit. GMP also has an “on bill” financing program that may work for you. Check our financing page for more information. It would not hurt to sign up and get the free site assessment with a cost proposal and then see if the finances work for you. Check the financing page too.