VPIRG launched our Solar Communities program last Fall, and our organizing efforts more than doubled the number of solar homes in Waterbury and Williston in just three months. Having proved the concept, we’re now rolling it out to Montpelier, East Montpelier, Berlin and Middlesex with a new discounted solar hot water program.
The average Vermont home spends more than $600 every year on oil, propane or electricity to heat hot water. A solar system for your home can save you thousands of dollars over the expected life of the solar panels. But, not everyone has the time or the expertise that it takes to select the right installer, pick the right equipment, secure the permitting and arrange financing. So we decided to help.
We created VPIRG Energy to make it easy and affordable for Vermonters to go solar – by bundling steep discounts, government rebates and discounted financing all in one package. Using solar hot water panels can end up costing the same or less than you’re paying for electricity, oil or propane today to heat your water. It’s a good deal for the planet and it’s a good deal for your wallet.