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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.

Co-op members now receive a $1,300 discount with our Co-op Solar program - plus a new $1,600 Efficiency Vermont discount available through November 30, 2014:

  • Solar hot water heaters pay for themselves though energy savings in six to ten years, less with the new Efficiency Vermont discount
  • They increase home values – by up to 20 times annual energy savings according to one study.
  • Co-op Solar uses Sunward solar hot water heaters which have been installed for more than 25 years in tens of thousands of homes.
  • 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, our Co-op Solar recommended contractor.
Sunward Solar Hot Water Heaters – made in Vermont

Sunward Solar Hot Water Heaters – made in Vermont

  • Free site assessment
  • Ground or roof mounted options
  • Six to ten year payback
  • Made in Winooksi, Vermont
  • 20-year warranty on the solar collectors – the best in the business

Go to Co-ip Solar for more information.

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Every time I call the Energy Co-op, I’m greeted by a friendly staff member who really takes their time explaining things to me. I never feel like they’re in a rush – talking to me is what’s most important to them. And I always end up learning something about my energy consumption. They definitely want to help me improve it, and I’m grateful for that.

–Carrie A., Montpelier, VT

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

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