Solar Electric PV

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are grouped in fixed arrays (rooftop or ground) or on trackers that tilt to follow the sun. Silicon panels turn sunlight into electricity, which is converted from DC to AC power by an inverter and run into the grid (or a battery, for off-grid installations). Net metering lets you use what you need and sell the excess power back to your utility. For rooftop installations, consider your building’s orientation and shading, as well as any structural improvements that may be required.

  • Lock in your energy costs at a fixed price every month
  • Net metering ensures you have power when you need it
  • Affordable technology with commercial and residential applications

See state incentives for solar PV.

Solar Hot Water

Also known as solar thermal, solar hot water uses the sun’s energy to heat water for use or, less commonly, for space heating. Rooftop collector panels heat a liquid medium, which in turn heats water. The stored hot water eases demand on your water heating or home heating systems (which are still needed, especially in winter). Solar hot water systems require good, on-site design, appropriate sizing, and regular maintenance.

Solar Electric: Own it or Share it

Distributed generation refers to homes or businesses with their own energy sources (like rooftop PV). When owning is impractical, options exist for buying from a shared solar resource—through group net metering. Many Vermont utilities also rely on solar for a substantial amount of the power they provide to their customers. Regardless of how you buy or produce it, solar energy is cost competitive with other sources of power.

  • Distributed or centralized: flexible solutions for most situations
  • Cost competitive with other forms of electricity
  • No greenhouse gas emissions or pollutants