SolarizeRVA is Viridiant’s campaign to help the greater Richmond region transition to clean solar power generated right here in our community. Solar panels are more affordable and more productive than ever. But people still have a lot of questions. That’s where Viridiant comes in. We’re a mission-driven non-profit that exists to speed Virginia’s transition to a sustainable built environment powered by clean energy sources.
Solar can be a great solution. SolarizeRVA is here to provide 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 have 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.
Efficiency First! Of course a critical step in going solar at your home is making cost-effective improvements that reduce your need for electricity. Why make solar kilowatthours just to waste them? That’s why Viridiant also offers professional home energy audits for a personalized analysis of energy use, comfort, durability, health, and safety issues in your home.
Economically secure and COVID-friendly: 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, and you’re always going to want electricity. The equipment is rugged and comes with 20+ year warranties.
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.
Vetted installers: Early in 2021, Viridiant issued an RFP for our 2021 campaign solar contractors. Altenergy, Baseline Solar, and Shockoe Solar are the three companies to whom we’ll refer campaign participants. Viridiant staff will refer campaign participants to all of our preferred contractors who are then invited to offer their best bid based on real-time pricing and workflow conditions. Viridiant serves as the client’s advocate from start to finish, reviewing bids and, as always, recommending cost-effective energy efficiency strategies that apply to the home.
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.
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How much will it cost?
Cost can vary depending on the specifics of your home and site.
What is involved in the process?
First, using a recent electric bill and your address, your home is evaluated to see if it’s a good candidate. Important factors are your annual electricity use, if you have adequate roof space with good orientation, and if that roof area receives enough sun during the course of the day. If everything looks good, a site visit will be scheduled to do a more detailed assessment of your home, nearby trees, the condition of your roof, and your goals. From there a proposal will be prepared for you. Once you sign off, permits will be obtained, panels will be installed, as well as a net meter.
How long does the process take?
Usually the process takes 6 weeks from start to finish, with about a week with a crew on site.
How long is the warranty?
Warranties vary a bit from installer to installer, but they are typically 20-25 years.
What if I don’t have the roof space for all the panels I want?
Ground mounted systems are an option. They are a bit more expensive than standard roof mounted systems. You may also consider pursuing energy efficiency measures to reduce your electricity needs so fewer panels are needed to offset your consumption.