GOING SOLAR
  NORTHPORT                          ENERGY
Going solar, is it the right thing for your household or business? Is it viable in your general locale, on your particular site? Which systems to buy, which company to use. With so many questions it can be confusing. Northport Energy can help. Below you will find a collection of tools and links to assist in answering some of the questions you will confront when considering a solar (or wind) project. As you move through the material, don't forget about our "Glossary" page to help you translate the sometimes difficult language of renewable energy.

This Northport Energy web page will help you find answers to important questions such as:

  • Is solar viable on my site?

  • How much will a solar system cost?

  • Are there rebates or incentives to help me reduce costs?

  • What is the payback time for my solar system?

  • Which solar panel should I purchase?

  • Can someone help me with the installation?

  • What about local codes and permits?
 
Also, keep in mind that Northport Energy is here to back you up. Our members have a wealth of local knowledge and experience. Just go to our "Contacts" page to get in touch. 

To begin, the first step in any solar or wind project is doing what you can to reduce your current energy footprint. See the first document below to help with those steps. Next you'll want a checklist to help organize your project, and finally, you'll want to know what it might cost to determine whether its economically feasible for you. That's the next two documents. Happy reading!


























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Analysis of Solar Energy at My Location

National Renewable Energy Lab. These folks have it all, more maps and data than you can imagine.  http://www.nrel.gov/gis/solar.html 




Utility Net Metering Policies







Rebates and Incentives








Grants and Financing Assistance

Rural Energy for America Program - REAP

Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

Eligibility:  Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and
Small businesses in eligible rural areas.

http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency



Property-Assessed Clean Energy Programs - PACE

PACE is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property. PACE programs allow local governments, state governments, or other inter-jurisdictional authorities, when authorized by state law, to fund the up-front cost of energy improvements on commercial and residential properties, which are paid back over time by the property owners.

http://energy.gov/eere/slsc/property-assessed-clean-energy-programs
 
Before you do anything else, look for ways to use less energy. An excellent article to help you.
Find what solar will cost, and what solar will earn, for you.
Getting Started - A checklist to guide you through the initial actions of your project.