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What - How Does Solar System Work?

What - How Does Solar System Work? Grid-connected projects can apply for Net Metering (utility meter spins backwards) Why - Net Metering Example System Size – 5kW (5,000 watts) Annual Production ~5,600 kWh

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What - How Does Solar System Work?






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What - How Does Solar System Work? Grid-connected projects can apply for Net Metering (utility meter spins backwards)

Why - Net Metering Example System Size – 5kW (5,000 watts)Annual Production ~5,600 kWhAnnual Usage Onsite ~7,500 kWhDecemberProduce 150 kWhUse 600 kWhPay for 450 kWh on electric billJuly Produce 800 kWhUse 600 kWhReceive 200 kWh credit (in $) Net Metering!!

Why - Massachusetts Residential Electricity Prices MA US Sources: EIA 2011 Data

High electricity prices + Reduced Solar PV Costs + Numerous Incentives = Economical solar projects Why - Solar Incentives in MassachusettsIncentives Tax Incentives:Federal (30%) State (15% up to $1,000) Rebates from MassCEC :Typically $2k - $4kNet Metering SREC Sales Low/No money down options Purchase Incentive Mass Commonwealth Solar II rebate Residential energy tax credits Production Incentive Net Metering Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)

How - What makes a good site? http://energy.ltgovernors.com/solar-energy-pv-systems-self-generation-make-your-own-power.html Southern exposurePV panels angled 30˚ – 45˚ At least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight Open roof area of ~100 sq ft per 1 kW Open space for a ground or pole mounted system

How - Ownership Outright purchasePower Purchase AgreementLease Home Equity Loan FHA Title 1 Home Improvement Loan Local banks may offer different options Ownership Models Financing Options

How - Process for the Customer LGHA Design Review

LGHA - Bylaw Any resident may have solar panels installed on their roof of original main structure.  The following restrictions apply and an exception will not be granted under any circumstances:- Solar panels must not be installed on common land that is entitled to Corporation- Solar panels must not be installed anywhere on the yard.- Solar panels must not be installed on town's conservation land.- Solar panels must not be installed on roofs of additions, porches, sun rooms , toolsheds, garage. Resident must submit a design review before scheduling installation and that design review needs to be approved by the Corporation. In addition to the required documentation, the design review must clearly state the insurance and liability coverage pertaining to Solar panel installation. Resident is responsible for maintaining and upkeep of the panels. If maintenance issues are found, the resident will be fined and must take action to fix. The board will need 30 days notice. In case of termination of ownership of the property, unless ownership of the solar panel installation is part of the termination agreement, the installation must be removed. For solar installation, an Abutter(s) signatures is required, but ONLY for the purpose of notification. If they do not agree with the installation, Abutter(s) must mention the same on the design review form along with their signatures.