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With all eyes on the solar eclipse later today (figuratively, not literally, we hope), it’s a good time to think about making the most of the sun’s energy. 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Solarize Virginia, a program that vets solar panel installation companies that offer discounts of about 10 percent to homeowners. It’s offered by the Local Energy Alliance Program through June 30.

After signing up with Solarize Virginia, participants will receive a free feasibility report showing whether solar panels are right for their building. There is no obligation to go through with a purchase.

Last year, 292 Virginia residents went solar through Solarize, including 223 in Northern Virginia.

Another way to save money on solar panels is through Solar Switch Fairfax County, a group-buying program offered by Solar United Neighbors. The program helps homeowners and small businesses purchase a complete rooftop solar installation at a discounted price with optional add-ons, such as battery storage and EV chargers.

During the most recent Solar Switch program, households saved an average of $4,115 on a typical solar installation.

Homeowners can also reduce costs through the federal solar tax credit. The credit can be claimed on federal income taxes for 30 percent of the cost of a solar photovoltaic system.

For those who can’t afford solar, Dominion Energy pays for solar installation for qualifying customers. To be eligible, a customer must:

  • Have previously participated in one of Dominion’s income-qualifying programs that help lower-income, elderly, and disabled individuals reduce energy waste.
  • Have a household annual income that does not exceed 80 percent of the local area median income as set forth by Virginia Housing or 60 percent of the state median, whichever is greater.
  • Or be at least 60 years old with a total income that does not exceed 120 percent of the Virginia median income.

Dominion advises customers who might qualify to act now, as this program ends on Dec. 31.

In other solar news, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services launched a solar panel recycling program.

Residents can bring their solar panels to either the I-66 Transfer Station or the I-95 Landfill Complex Electronics Recycling area during regular hours.

This program is an expansion of a pilot program that started in November 2022. This program is an expansion of a pilot program that started in November 2022. During the pilot, the county’s vendor, Securis, four viable outsourcing solutions for the materials involved, including glass recycling and the recovery of p

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