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Co-op Solar Info Session – Solar Hot Water – Westford, Vermont – May 9th

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Are you curious about solar?  Do you live in a three- or four-person household?  And use oil, propane or electricity to provide your hot water?

If you answered “yes” to these questions and live in Westford, Essex or parts nearby, come to our Co-op Solar Info Session on Wednesday, May 9th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Red Brick Meeting House on the Village Green in Westford.

You’ll learn that a Co-op Solar rooftop solar hot water heater, now available for $0 down and low monthly payments, could start saving you money right away, especially if you have a sunny south-facing rooftop or a nice open area in your yard.

We’ll have a short presentation to cover solar hot water basics – how it works, what it costs, why Co-op Solar makes good economic sense – and then there will be plenty of time for your questions.

Send your RSVP to info@ecvt.net, or call us at (802) 860-4090.

The Energy Co-op of Vermont launched the Co-op Solar program in response to our members concerns about high fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Co-op Solar is a simple and affordable way for residents of Chittenden County to save money and make a smart environmental choice – and be protected from future energy price increases – because sunshine is free!

For more details on Co-op Solar or to sign up for a free site assessment, call the Energy Co-op of Vermont at (802) 860-4090, visit Co-op Solar – or come to our info session at the Red Brick Meeting House in Westford on Wednesday, May 9th  at 7:00 p.m.

Good Turn Out for Solar Hot Water Info Session in Charlotte, Vermont

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The Charlotte Library is normally quiet by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights, as librarian Margaret Woodruff closes the doors for the day.  But Wednesday, April 18th, was anything but quiet at the library. Despite the temptation to enjoy time outdoors at the end of a perfect spring day, 35 people packed the library to hear Ben Griffin talk about Co-op Solar, a new, easy and affordable way to add a solar hot water heater to your home.

Ben was joined by Kris Larsen and Doug Merrill from Sunward, the Vergennes company that supplies the solar hot water heaters used in the Co-op Solar program, and John Quinney, general manager of the Energy Co-op of Vermont.

Ben’s presentation covered the basics:  how solar hot water heaters work, the attractive Co-op Solar volume discount, the 30% federal state credit and the Vermont incentive. Taken together, these financial incentives now make solar hot water a cost-effective choice for many Charlotte families. Ben also discussed the economics of solar hot water heaters and the attractive financing provided by VSECU’s solar loan program.  He pointed out that heating oil and propane prices are quite high at present, and that many expect prices to continue to rise in the future. It was this concern, coupled with their interest in helping to fight climate change that drove more than 450 Vermonters to install solar hot water heaters last year. They are now protected from future oil, propane or electricity price increases because most of their hot water is provided by the sun – and that’s free.

Those in attendance asked lots of questions which Doug, Kris and Ben addressed. They described the $900 Vermont incentive which many in the renewables industry expect to be unavailable by early summer. This has encouraged Vermonters to go ahead and complete a site assessment and then to reserve their $900 from the state. There were also a couple of questions about the return on investment from solar hot water versus solar electric. While stating that solar hot water is almost always a more attractive investment, especially for families with young children, Doug also pointed out that each person’s situation is unique and that Sunward provides specific return on investment information for everyone who signs up for a free Co-op Solar site assessment.

Library trustee, Vince Crockenburg, spoke passionately about his experience with solar in California many years ago and welcomed the arrival of attractive solar options for Vermont homes.

The Co-op Solar info session finished up by 8:30. Nine Charlotters took the next step and signed up for a free site assessment to see if solar made sense for their homes. Just four days before Earth Day they showed their support for cutting our dependence on fossil fuels, for addressing climate change and for two Vermont businesses, Sunward Systems and the Energy Co-op of Vermont.

Solar Hot Water Info Sessions – Jericho, Richmond and Colchester, Vermont

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

What investment in your home starts saving you money right way?  And  saves you up to $20,000 over the next twenty years?

It could be a solar hot water heater, now available through our Co-op Solar program for $0 down with low monthly payments.

Has this got you curious about solar?  Perhaps you’re wondering if your  home is suitable for solar hot water?  Or you like the idea of using the sun to heat your hot water, but you have some questions?

If this sounds like you, join us at our upcoming Co-op Solar info sessions in Jericho, Richmond and Colchester.

We’ll have a short presentation to cover solar hot water basics – how it works, what it costs, why Co-op Solar makes good economic sense – and then there will be plenty of time for your questions. Here are the details:

Jericho Info Session, Sunday April 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Jericho Community Center, 1:30 p.m. (Browns Trace Road, Jericho).

Richmond Info Session, Tuesday April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Richmond Free Library, 7:00 p.m. (201 Bridge Street, Richmond).

Colchester Info Session, Monday May 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Burnham Memorial Library, 7:00 p.m. (898 Main Street – Rte. 2A, Colchester).

Send your RSVP to info@ecvt.net, or call us at (802) 860-4090 to let us know you’ll be attending.

The Energy Co-op of Vermont launched the Co-op Solar program in response to our members concerns about high fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Co-op Solar is a simple and affordable way for residents of Chittenden County to save money and make a smart environmental choice – and be protected from future energy price increases – because sunshine is free!

For more details on Co-op Solar or to sign up for a free site assessment, call the Energy Co-op of Vermont at (802) 860-4090, visit Co-op Solar – or come to our info sessions in Jericho, Richmond or Colchester, Vermont.

Is your Vermont Home Suitable for Solar Hot Water? Free DIY Assessment.

Monday, April 16th, 2012

You have a nice open yard at your home. And your roof mostly faces to the south – and it’s not shaded – at least for a good part of the day.

You think your home may work for solar hot water – either a rooftop or a ground-mount system – but you’re not sure. We can help you learn more with Sunward’s simple Solar OptimizerTM tool – and it’s free!

The Solar OptimizerTM comes with a compass, a paper latitude template that covers anywhere in Vermont, and a detailed users manual.  The users manual guides you through five steps:

  •  Checking that you have room for the solar storage tank and heat exchanger
  • Choosing a location for your solar hot water panels
  • Setting up the Solar OptimizerTM
  • Assessing your site for solar
  • Planning a route between your solar panels and the heat exchanger

The users manual explains everything in an easy to follow way, and you’ll be done with your solar site assessment in less than an hour. Then you can go to Co-op Solar to sign-up for more information and to schedule a home visit to get your questions answered and to go over our attractive financing options.

With the Co-op Solar volume discount, federal and state incentives, and our attractive $0 down, low monthly payment financing, your Co-op Solar system starts saving you money right away – and helps you do your part to fight climate change.

To get your Solar OptimizerTM tool, stop in at the Energy Co-op of Vermont’s office (73 Prim Road, Colchester) weekdays between 8:00 and 4:00. We’ll have a Solar OptimizerTM waiting for you!

When you’re done, pass the Solar OptimizerTM onto someone else so they can check their home for solar, too – or bring it back to our office at your convenience.

 

 

Co-op Solar Info Session – Solar Hot Water – Charlotte, Vermont

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

What investment in your home starts saving you money right away?

It could be a Co-op Solar rooftop solar hot water heater, now available for $0 down and low monthly payments.

Has this got you curious about solar?  Perhaps you’re wondering if your Charlotte home is suitable for solar hot water?  Or you like the idea of using the sun to heat your hot water, but you have some questions?

If this sounds like you, join us at the Charlotte Library in (115 Ferry Road, Charlotte) on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. for our Co-op Solar info session.

We’ll have a short presentation to cover solar hot water basics – how it works, what it costs, why Co-op Solar makes good economic sense – and then there will be plenty of time for your questions.

Send your RSVP to info@ecvt.net, or call us at (802) 860-4090.

The Energy Co-op of Vermont launched the Co-op Solar program in response to our members concerns about high fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Co-op Solar is a simple and affordable way for residents of Chittenden County to save money and make a smart environmental choice – and be protected from future energy price increases – because sunshine is free!

For more details on Co-op Solar or to sign up for a free site assessment, call the Energy Co-op of Vermont at (802) 860-4090, visit Co-op Solar – or come to our info session at the Charlotte Library on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Co-op Solar Info Session – Solar Hot Water, Essex, Vermont

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Are you curious about solar?  Perhaps you’re wondering if your Essex home is suitable for solar hot water?  Or you like the idea of using the sun to heat your hot water, but you have some questions?

If this sounds like you, join us at the Essex Free Library in (2 Jericho Road, Essex) on Saturday, April 14th at 12:30 p.m. for our Co-op Solar info session.

We’ll have a short presentation to cover solar hot water basics – how it works, what it costs, why Co-op Solar makes good economic sense – and then there will be plenty of time for your questions.

Send your RSVP to ben@ecvt.net, or call us at (802) 860-4090.

The Energy Co-op of Vermont launched the Co-op Solar program in response to our members concerns about high fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Co-op Solar is a simple and affordable way for residents of Chittenden County to save money and make a smart environmental choice. Co-op Solar systems can be cash positive after the first year – and that’s a terrific investment!

For more details on Co-op Solar or to sign up for a free site assessment, call the Energy Co-op of Vermont at (802) 860-4090, visit Co-op Solar – or come to our info session at the Essex Free Library in  on Saturday, April 14th at 12:30 p.m.

Co-op Solar Expands to all of Chittenden County, Vermont

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The Energy Co-op of Vermont announced today that Co-op Solar, its simple and affordable solar hot water program is now open to all residents of Chittenden County.  The announcement comes in response to the large number of homeowners and small business owners located outside of the initial target communities that are expressing interest in the program.

In response to concerns about rising fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions, the Energy Co-op of Vermont launched the Co-op Solar program as a simple and affordable way for residents of Chittenden County to save money and make a smart environmental choice.  “It may be the best investment you can make for your home and planet,” says John Quinney, general manager at the Energy Co-op.

By partnering with Vermont-based Sunward Systems, the Energy Co-op has been able to secure a deep price discount on the solar hot water heaters.  With state and federal incentives, typical installation costs are reduced by more than 50%.  Coupled with low interest loans from VSECU, Co-op Solar systems can be cash-positive after just the first year.  Over the lifetime of their solar hot water heaters, many homeowners can save more than $20,000.

Co-op Solar also makes the entire process straightforward.  By taking care of permitting, and selecting top notch, certified installers, the Co-op relieves any headaches that homeowners may have had in the past.

For more details on the program or to sign up for a free site assessment, call the Energy Co-op of Vermont at (802) 860-4090 or go to Co-op Solar.

Learn More:  Burlington Info Sessions, Saturday April 7th.  Starting at 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. Fletcher Free Library, Local History Room (235 College Street, Burlington).  RSVP to ben@ecvt.net.

The Energy Co-op of Vermont is a member-owned, energy services cooperative, delivering fuel oil, kerosene and wood pellets, and installing and servicing efficient heating equipment for a membership of more than 2,100 Vermonters.

Co-op Solar Info Session – Burlington, Saturday April 7th

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Are you curious about solar?  Perhaps you’re wondering if your Burlington home is suitable for solar hot water?  Or you like the idea of using the sun to heat your hot water, but you have some questions?

If this sounds like you, join us at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington (233 College Street) on Saturday, April 7th for one of our Co-op Solar info sessions. We have two scheduled – one at 12:00 noon and another at 1:00 p.m. in the Local History Room. Pick which ever time works best for you.

We’ll have a short presentation to cover solar hot water basics – how it works, what it costs, why Co-op Solar makes good economic sense – and then there will be plenty of time for your questions.

Send your RSVP to ben@ecvt.net, or call us at (802) 860-4090.

The Energy Co-op of Vermont launched the Co-op Solar program in response to our members concerns about high fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Co-op Solar is a simple and affordable way for residents of Chittenden County to save money and make a smart environmental choice. Co-op Solar systems can be cash positive after the first year – and that’s a terrific investment!

For more details on Co-op Solar or to sign up for a free site assessment, call the Energy Co-op of Vermont at (802) 860-4090, visit Co-op Solar – or come to our info sessions at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington on Saturday, April 7th at 12 noon or 1:00 p.m.

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