If you want to reduce your carbon footprint for the environment and your wallet, going solar is one of the most effective ways to do this. Solar is the world’s most abundant energy source available and can reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources such as oil, coal and natural gas. As the price of solar equipment has dropped and installers are ready to serve any community in Virginia, a solar array for your home may be more accessible than you might think!

SolarizeRVA is Viridiant’s community education campaign to help the greater Richmond region transition to clean solar power generated right here in our community.

SolarizeRVA provides the knowledge and tools you need for determining if solar panels are right for you. What makes for a good roof? How is the relationship with the utility managed? Are batteries needed? Are there any incentives? What about damage, insurance, and reliability? Who can do the installation?

Viridiant’s staff has decades of experience making homes energy-smart, healthy, and comfortable. We can help you cut through the noise to make decisions that best meet your goals. We offer unbiased advice as your nonprofit resource for energy investments for your home.

Viridiant’s SolarizeRVA program offers free solar consultations helping address your goals, your home, your economics and other ways to reduce your energy consumption. We don’t sell solar panels. We’re a non-profit dedicated to helping our neighbors make smart decisions about their homes. If you have a good site, a solar array might be a terrific investment for you. Even so, you might want a pro on your side as you start to explore the options.

Here’s how SolarizeRVA works:

  1. Complete the solar interest form, email or call 804-773-3200
  2. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with an energy specialist (best when part of a home energy audit!)
  3. Viridiant connects you with vetted contractors for bids (and helps you choose the right one for you)
  4. Installation is quick and easy!

It’s a great time to go solar. The federal tax credit is set to 30% until 2032. Now, non-taxpaying entities (schools, houses of worship, non-profits, government agencies) can receive a payment equal to that 30%.

Viridiant is a mission-driven non-profit that has led the charge for cleaner, greener building in Virginia since 2006. Our experts are always available to explain the technology, financing options, installation process, calculating your ROI, and logistics of solar, as well as insulation, HVAC, water heaters, appliances, electric vehicles, and more. If you want to lower costs, improve indoor air quality and comfort, or reduce your carbon footprint, we’re here to help you make the most cost-effective choices.

The 2021 SolarizeRVA campaign is made stronger by our partnerships with the City of Richmond Office of Sustainability, Henrico County’s Energy Management Division, and Solar United Neighbors of Virginia.

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Efficiency First

A critical step in going solar at your home is making cost-effective improvements that reduce your need for electricity. Why make solar kilowatt-hours just to waste them?

That’s why Viridiant also offers home energy audits for a personalized analysis of energy use, comfort, durability, health, and safety issues in your home.

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Safety Precautions

Going solar actually is pretty easy – and safe during COVID. Virtually all of the work is done outside of your home in just a few days. In uncertain times, there aren’t many safer investments, as the amount and value of the solar electricity generated can be very accurately forecasted.

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Vetted Installers

Viridiant staff will refer campaign participants to all of our vetted, preferred contractors who are then invited to offer their best bid based on real-time pricing and workflow conditions.

The Past & Future

A Bright History

SolarizeRVA began in 2014 as a program of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA). Over the next six years, the program helped drive the installation of a half a megawatt of solar power production in the greater Richmond area. In April 2020, RREA and Viridiant merged under the Viridiant name to continue this work.

Collaboration Makes Us Stronger

Continuing in the 2021 campaign, Viridiant appreciates our partnership with Solar United Neighbors of Virginia (SUN-VA). Their mission is to build a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone, and their staff have provided support and advocacy for Virginia’s solar community for years. Participants in SolarizeRVA receive the benefits of SUN-VA membership: a free basic membership to all Viridiant program participants who do not go solar but are interested in engaging on solar policy issues; and a free one-year solar owner membership worth $85 to those who get a solar panel installation through SolarizeRVA.

Viridiant is proud to partner with Henrico County and the City of Richmond to spread the word about the opportunity of solar and efficiency while connecting constituents to Viridiant’s free and low-cost services.

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