Good news and bad news

Thu, 12/31/2020 - 5:15pm

Well, I have good news and bad news for anyone hoping to go more solar in the immediate future.

The bad news is that the Solar Initiative will be unable to accomplish installations at the present time. This is due to a couple of unfortunate factors. Firstly, the winter season makes roof work especially, but also any exterior work tentative, and sometimes risky. Secondly, Covid has really thrown us a curve ball. Installations of solar panels and heat pumps require on-site visits and a number of hours of work, both interior and exterior. In light of the governor’s new regulations and the importance of homeowners feeling safe, we have had to defer installations until the early spring. We trust that by then we will have overcome these obstacles.

The good news

So what’s the good news? The good news is that we have reserved a $6,000 subsidy for each family that has inquired about heat pump installation. Our initial $6,000 condition applied entirely to the equipment, taxes and shipping. We will hold to those initial terms. But because installation costs can vary widely depending on the design of the house and the size of the system, we will also subsidize the total installation costs (equipment and labor) at the rate of 2/3 up to a cap of $6,000. So, for example, if your total installation cost is $10,000, you would pay $4,000, and so forth. 

And the subsidy of $800 per kilowatt (up to fifteen) remains in effect for roof-top solar installations.

Furthermore, we have extended the application period until March 31, 2021. This means that all previous inquiries are already on our list and any new inquiries will be added to the list at the same subsidy level.

And we have started an art contest for the design of a new Solar Initiative logo for 2021! All submissions will receive a solar-powered cell phone charger and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate. Students at the Block Island School have been the first to be invited to submit, but if any member of the public wishes to do so, we will be happy to receive your design.

Have a safe and happy holiday season. 

Tony Pappas,
tSi Director