Solarize Cincy Inspires Home Seeking LEED Certification

Feb 6, 2017 5:53:54 PM / by Chuck Lohre

(This week's post comes from an article in Green Energy Ohio's magazine. You can learn more and read the whole issue here.)

Solarize Cincy is a new program from the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA) that simplifies the solar electric purchasing process and keeps the cost affordable with group purchasing prices. According to Andy Holzhauser, GCEA President, "the program has ushered in an unprecedented interest in solar in the Southwestern Ohio area."Since January 1st, thirty-five new residential solar electric installation contracts have been signed under the new Solarize Cincy program.

Solarize-Cincinnati-500-2.jpg "We look at this program as a building block for our future efforts as we work to expand accessibility to solar in the Greater Cincinnati area" Holzhauser said.

Whether you have an existing home or arc building from the ground up, Solarize Cincy offers significant benefits. Those include a preliminary satellite assessment and pricing from the GCEA, group buying power and a rebate from the City of Cincinnati, if you live within the city limits. Even if you don't live in Cincinnati, you still benefit from group buying prices.

The rebate for the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 was up to 0.50 a watt or a maximum of $2,000. The approved installers collectively have more than 40 years of design and installation experience, so you will have peace of mind knowing that your system is built to last. In addition, the solar panels are American­made and offer a 25 year performance warranty.

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Rose and Don Abrahamson recently contracted with Dovetail Solar to install a 9.69 kW system on their beautiful newly constructed home overlooking the Ohio River. Dovetail began the process by working with Green Building Consulting in Cincinnati who developed an energy model to determine the likely electric load of their new home. From there, they designed a system to meet the Abrahamson's projected electric load and also advised the general contractor, Watkins Construction Company, about the conduit requirements for the PV system.

The Abrahamson's new solar electric system consists of 34 Suniva 285 watt solar panels, a SolarEdge 7600 inverter and optimizers. The solar electric system is installed on the east and west sides of the home's third story roof. "Dovetail Solar made the process easy by working with our builder early in the process. We are delighted with our new system and look forward to many years of powering our home with solar energy," Don Abrahamson said.

Abrahamson strongly advises anyone building a new home to start planning early for solar and to install conduit so you are ready to go when you decide solar is right for you. The estimated annual production of their system is 10,700 kWh annually.

Based on the Abrahamson's projected electrical load, their new solar electric system is estimated to provide 65°/o of their electric needs with clean renewable energy produced from the sun via their new rooftop system.

An added bonus is the pending LEED Platinum certification chat the couple is seeking for their new home. When certified, the Abrahamson's will apply to the City of Cincinnati for their mo% property tax abatement for 15 years. This will result in a significant property tax savings.

Cincinnati's new solar rebate for this fiscal year will be announced in the coming weeks. So stay tuned for further news or go to the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance's website for the latest information on the Solarize Cincy program http://greacercea.org/residential/ solarize-cincinnati

- Siobhan (Shavaun) Pritchard, in Cincinnati at Dovetail Solar, an Ohio-based installer that has completed over 400 renewable energy projects since I995, 513.535.7445, 5011 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, OH 45227.

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Chuck Lohre

Written by Chuck Lohre

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