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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.

Co-op members now receive a $600 discount on solar hot water heaters installed through our Co-op Solar program.  Click here for your free solar site assessment.

Testimonials from Energy Co-op Members

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I would like to thank you for assisting me in getting a grant from the State of Vermont for a new tank, slab and roof ..... Your furnace man told me my tank would need to be replaced, and told me about this grant for low-income households ..... Your staff helped me out a lot and I would like to thank each and every one of you. This is a big expense, and with your help I was able to get it done with little cost to me. Thank you all again.

–Daria K., Milton, VT

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

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