Solarize Uptown Now FAQ

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Typically, a 3 kilowatt (kW) to 4 kW solar system will produce enough energy for an average-sized home. On average, a 4 kW solar system will generate around 4,800 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year.
Yes, you will always receive a Con Ed bill, but it may be different than in the past. In a month when you use more electricity than your solar system produces, Con Ed will send you a bill for the kilowatt-hour difference, plus their monthly service charge. In a month where your solar system produces more electricity than you use, Con Ed will credit you the monetary value of your excess electricity, which can be used against your current monthly service bill and rolled over to your next month’s bill.
The price may vary depending on how many people sign up for the program. Based on previous Solarize programs and NYC campaigns, a typical 4 kW system can cost anywhere from $10,000 - $12,000..
The building owner, but there are financing options available.
Yes, you can take out a loan from many financial institutions and there are also programs from NYSERDA that can assist you in going solar. New York State’s Green Jobs – Green NY program provides low-interest financing for solar and NY-Sun’s Affordable Solar program provides additional incentives for low-income homeowners.
Yes, there are several great incentives to go solar. The federal government currently offers a 30% tax credit on the total system cost. New York State has generous incentives, including a state tax credit of up to $5,000 and NYSERDA’s Megawatt Block Incentive provides a cash grant towards the total system cost.
Yes, but to your advantage! Eligible expenditures related to the installation of a solar PV system in New York City are eligible for a property tax abatement worth 20% of the total installed cost of the system over 4 years. For more information, please visit the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability’s website.
Typically a solar installation will not cause an increase in a home owners insurance premium. In the few cases where insurance premiums rise due to a solar installation, the increase is typically negligible compared to the utility bill savings that result from the installation.
They solar system usually will remain with the home and potentially can increase its value. If your Con Ed account has excess credits from the solar system they will remain with the account associated with the house.
a. In getting the permits?
The solar installer/contractor is responsible for getting the solar installation work permits.

b. In helping me get the financial incentives?
The homeowner is responsible for obtaining all financial incentives but many solar installers help with this process.
There are three options for maintaining your system: 1) manufacturer’s warranty, 2) operation and maintenance (O&M) service contract, and 3) repairs not covered under contract. The solar equipment comes with a manufacturer’s warranty on your solar panels and inverter. The solar installer may offer an O&M service contract to provide routine system maintenance. It’s important to know what is covered, the duration of the contract, and if it’s renewable. For any issues not covered by your warranty or if you warranty expires, you will be responsible for all system repairs. Please read your contract carefully.
Solar panels can still operate under light snowfall, but when snow covers your panels and blocks sunlight completely, they will not generate electricity. Most panels are tilted at an angle, so snow will slide off on its own accord over time. However, it’s easy to clean them off with a solar panel snow rake or similar tool made for solar panel snow removal.
If your roof is old and/or is in poor condition, it may be a good idea to replace it prior to installing solar panels. A licensed roofing contractor can let you know how much life is left on your old roof and will give you a recommendation on whether or not you should get a new roof before you install solar panels. Some solar installers even coordinate with roofing companies to get the roof surfaces in tip-top shape before the panels go up.
Federal and NY state subsidies create a great incentive to go solar. On top of the federal government’s current 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar, New York also has a generous incentive, including a state tax credit of up to $5,000. However, in addition to the tax benefits associated with going solar, NY’s Megawatt Block Incentive reduces the upfront cost of your solar system and its solar net-metering policy ensures that your utility company pays you a fair rate for the extra solar power that you generate.
Some solar installers offer guarantees for the installation, which means you may be covered by the installer in the event of roofing damages. However, there’s no requirement for them to do so, so review what’s included in the contract before you sign it. A more reliable way to cover any damages may be to go through your homeowner’s insurance. 
Green Power arrangements allow a utility’s customers to purchase electricity sources from renewable energy generation plants—mainly hydro and wind. Those who sign up for Green Power generally do so to “do the right thing” and pay a premium price for electricity. In contrast, group purchasing programs like Solarize NYC campaigns allow a large number of households or businesses to purchase their own individual solar systems at bulk rates, resulting in electric bill savings.