The "Solarize Duke" campaign stems from a research effort by the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) and Bass Connections in Energy program. The DCOI in partnership with students and faculty leads from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Sanford School for Public Policy has explored the North Carolina solar landscape, including its technical, policy and economic aspects. To continue the research, the DCOI is implementing this Duke-specific pilot program as part of the greater "Solarize Research Triangle" campaign. The goal: to determine how residential solar can provide social and economic benefits to the surrounding communities while also providing emission reductions to help Duke University become climate neutral by 2024.
Step 1: Free home solar assessment
- When you sign up, we'll schedule you for a free home solar assessment. There is no commitment here, just a straightforward assessment of your solar options.
- Your assessment will be conducted by our Solarize Duke installers -- either Southern Energy Management or Yes! Solar Solutions.
These companies have been vetted by a rigorous proposal process and reviewed by local experts.
- What if your assessment suggests solar isn't suitable for your home? What if you are a renter? You can still put your tax credits to work by joining a community solar project to put panels on a public site.
Step 2: Maximize your savings
- Your solar assessment will provide options custom fit to your home site, electricity demands, and financing needs. We've streamlined the process so the installer will set up your system, obtain the necessary permits, and coordinate the interconnection with your electric utility.
- With the Solarize Duke negotiated price, you can be confident that you are getting a great value. Here is how the costs break down for a typical 5 kW installation on a home:
| Average retail price
|Solarize price, Tier 1
|35% NC tax credit
|Est. Federal tax credit
- With good sun exposure, this 5 kW example will generate $ 700 of savings on your electricity bill in the first year. This amount will increase if electricity prices increase.
- Solarize Duke has tiered pricing. When more people in the program go solar, everyone's cost goes down even more. Here are the discounts from the Tier 1 Solarize price for the 5 kW example.
|When Solarize installations exceed...
||The discount from the Tier 1 Solarize price for a typical 5 kW home installation is...
- Your discount will depend on the size of your system. Details here.
- The next step is to get 200 kW contracted to activate the next tier:
152 kW CONTRACTED
48 kW NEEDED TO REACH NEXT TIER
- Finally, make sure you take advantage of valuable state and federal tax credits that could save up to 65%. We'll send you a reminder during tax season.
- Have any questions? Our local experts and neighborhood volunteers are here to help. Check out our FAQ or just send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Step 3: Enjoy the benefits of solar
- Spend less money on electricity. Spend more money on the things you love.
- It's that simple.
- But there's more than just the dollars and cents. Fossil fuels pollute our air, poison our drinking water, and give rise to climate change. When your home goes solar, your energy is local, independent, and safe for us and future generations.
Step 4: Spread the word
- The sooner you join the program, the sooner you will get your free solar assessment and proposal. After reviewing your proposal, if you decide to go solar, the sooner you sign the contract, the earlier you will get your installation. But if you have to wait, here are the deadlines.
- June 30, 2015: Last day to join for free solar assessment and be eligible for group discounts.
- July 31, 2015: In order for your home to count towards our group discount tier, you need to sign your contract by this day.
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