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Regional commission looks to ‘Solarize Loudoun’

Loudoun County is once again partnering with Solarize NOVA, a community outreach initiative sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Local Energy Alliance Program, to promote the use of solar power in local homes and businesses through Solarize Loudoun.

The campaign will run from Sept. 4 through Oct. 15.

Solarize NOVA aims to make solar power more accessible and affordable. According to organizers, the program offers a one-stop shop for the community to learn more about solar power options, installation and financing for homes and businesses.

Solarize NOVA uses bulk purchasing and free solar site assessments to make the process easy and affordable. This year, the Solarize Loudoun campaign features Loudoun County-based solar installers – Prospect Solar of Sterling and Solar Solutions for All in Leesburg.

Two Solarize Loudoun workshops have been scheduled for residents and business owners interested in learning more about solar power and reduced-pricing options. The workshops are free and open to the public and will be held on the following dates:

·Sept. 7 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn.
·Sept. 28 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main Street, Purcellville.

Prospective attendees are urged to RSVP at http://www.solarizenova.org/event/solarize-campaign-information-session-loudoun-county.

According to Solarize NOVA officials, the financial benefits of solar power for homes and businesses include: Tax credits -- there is currently a 30 percent federal tax credit under the solar Investment Tax Credit. This tax credit will stay at 30 percent through 2019. After that, it will be reduced; and return on investment: The estimated annual returns for solar are around 6 percent.

According to Northern Virginia Regional Commission Executive Director Bob Lazaro, the former mayor of Purcellville, Solarize NOVA has helped secure 176 contracts for 1.358 MW of new solar power with a contract value in excess of $4.2 million utilizing Virginia based contractors.

More information about Solarize Loudoun and the region-wide initiative is online at http://www.SolarizeNova.org.


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