Solar Saves New England $1.1 BILLION

New Data makes it crystal clear. Solar helps everyone. There’s been debate across the region about how valuable solar is, and this analysis puts that debate to bed.  Newly available data demonstrates the enormous benefit of local distributed solar power to everyone in New England. From 2014 -2019 small scale solar in new england saved utilities and every resident more than 1.1 billion dollars. 

These massive savings stem from two main factors: 

  • Solar avoids the purchase of other types of electricity from the grid. In New England, that other type of electricity is usually fossil fuels. 
  • When solar operates, it reduces electricity prices, so it drops the cost of electricity for everyone in New England.

If solar is so great, why are incentives still dropping?

This newly available data has not been considered, as local utilities have consistently reduced incentives for solar in recent years. So, while there has been some debate, we can clearly say that this is going in the wrong direction, as we work to decrease costs for everyone while building our renewable energy future. 

So while incentives are dropping this year in Vermont, there is still time to get in on the current rates. Learn more here.

Why else is this new data important?

Not only has local solar effectively lowered utility bills for everyone, it has also reduced public health and climate risk from fossil fuel pollution. More than 99% of the time, when solar is producing energy at our homes and businesses, we’re turning off dirty power plants in New England. We’re burning fewer fossil fuels and we’re protecting the health of our local communities. Now that we’ve learned this new information, it’s time to get policies in place to accelerate this clean energy transition.

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As we look forward to 2021, we are excited to help rebuild our economy by installing more solar. Not only will it help our local economy, but it will reduce our use of dirty fossil fuels. This new analysis makes it clear that solar is not only an environmentally-responsible investment, but a financially-responsible investment, as well.

So, how do I go solar?

The process for going solar is simple. It starts with filling out our Get Started form. You can do so by clicking the get started button. If you want to know more details about the process and the steps involved between signing up and turning on the power, click the button below to find out more.

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