Solar Energy

SOLARIZE Roanoke

The City of Roanoke is proud to sponsor the Solarize Roanoke campaign for the summer 2021. the program opens on June 15, 2021 and ends on August 30, 2021.


Join us for an informational webinar on Monday, July 12 at 12:00 noon, to register go to solarizeva.org/events.


Did you know that powering your home produces a fourth of all greenhouse gas emissions in the city of Roanoke? Between 2005 and 2014 the City of Roanoke reduced its residential greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% and joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge in 2012 with the goal of reducing energy use by 20% across a million square feet of building space by 2022. In 2018, Roanoke achieved that goal with a 23% energy reduction, and now it is your turn. You can help us build on this momentum and achieve our goals by using solar energy to power your home.

Solarize Virginia is a community-based outreach initiative managed by the local nonprofit LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program). It reduces the cost and complexity of going solar by providing a one-stop shop for education and installation. Through a competitive review process, LEAP evaluates proposals from local installers and selects high-quality installers that commit to providing discounted prices to all program participants. After you sign up, LEAP will do a free solar satellite assessment to see if you are a good fit for solar. If you are, you will be connected with one of our pre-selected installers who will guide you through the process of solarizing your home.

After a competitive review process, Altenergy and Solar Connexion have been selected as our preferred campaign installers. Once participants are ready to move forward in the process, they will be connected with either Altenergy or Solar Connexion.

New Battery Storage!

Starting in 2021, Solarize Roanoke is offering participants the opportunity to pair battery storage systems and EV charging stations, in addition to their new solar arrays. While battery storage can be expensive, our selected installer has provided competitive prices to make them more financially accessible to interested homeowners.

When battery storage is used in conjunction with solar, it gives individuals the opportunity to receive a credit on their utility bill for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of solar energy that is sent back to the grid. That way, those credits can be used when you need more electricity than your panels are producing. We’ll help participants determine if battery storage is right for them by evaluating their energy usage and solar potential. Batteries will typically double the cost of the project, but are a great way of backing up appliances or preparing for electric vehicles.

Questions? See handouts below for more information or contact Nell Boyle at 540-853-5430 or nell.boyle@roanokeva.gov


Why Solarize (Roanoke)

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LInks:


NREL – National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Reports and tools for renewable energy

Let's Go Solar - Fabulous resource and great tools if you are interested in solar for your home or business

Solar Energy Resource Center - Department of Energy SunShot Program Resources

EPA Renewable Energy Credits - Potential reimbursement for renewable output