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Vermont Solar Hot Water

Ground-mounted solar hot water heater
Ground-mounted solar hot water heater

Solar energy works in Vermont. We have plenty of sun – about 80% of what Florida receives each year, and 30% more than Germany and Japan, countries which lead the world in solar installations thanks to generous incentives.

In the summer, solar hot water heaters in Vermont meet almost 100% of household hot water requirements. In the winter, they meet about 30% of household requirements. The balance is provided by oil, propane or electricity. In 2011, 450 Vermonters added solar hot water to their homes. Starting in March, 2012, Co-op members installed more than 80 solar hot water heaters through our Co-op Solar program.

  • Solar hot water heaters pay for themselves though energy savings in six to ten years.
  • They increase home values – by up to 20 times annual energy savings according to one study.
  • Solar hot water heaters qualify for a huge, 30% federal tax credit and a generous Vermont rebate.
  • Installation is simple and easy, especially when you hire HarveSTAR, the Energy Co-op's recommended contractor.

Testimonials from Energy Co-op Members

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We joined the Energy Co-op of Vermont and have been really happy with them. Cheaper than many of the other local operations plus some cool member perks.

–Morgen L., Jericho VT

Member: Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Renewable Energy Vermont, Local First Vermont

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