Massachusetts Solar Benefits Coming to End Before Long Term Changes

In March, Massachusetts officials said they would extend the state’s Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC 2) program until it develops and finalizes a long-term replacement.  The SREC 2 program is now closed for new projects, however DOER is still accepting new projects under a “good cause” extension.

Long story short: SRECs in Massachusetts are estimated to run out in three months. Take advantage of this highly favorable rebate now with Greenlight Solar for your home.

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Massachusetts Customer Success Story SREC gogreenlightenergy.comOur latest installation is a 8.37 KW system in Westborough Massachusetts.

Because of the value of SRECs the total net cost for the customer was NEGATIVE $6,334, meaning the State of Massachusetts paid our customer to go solar. The total monthly saving is $154 from energy bill.

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Politicians Work for Us and Are as Replaceable as Lightbulbs

President Trump’s budget proposal was recently released, and fears of cuts to renewable energy have been confirmed. Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement: “We were disappointed to see the administration’s proposal to slash programs that promote American-made clean energy. Clean energy research programs have been priorities of both Republican and Democratic administrations and Congresses and the investments have paid off many times over. Renewable energy innovations in rapidly commercializing technologies ranging from inverters, to storage, to advanced infrastructure have vast promise for American industry, as solar energy becomes an increasingly large part of our nation’s energy portfolio. We look forward to working with Congress as it drafts a budget that supports important clean energy programs that create American jobs, advance innovation, and stimulate billions of dollars in private investment.”

According to the Washington Examiner, the budget slashes EPA funding by 31.2%, and reports “the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would see a 70% budget cut; the Office of Fossil Energy budget would be reduced 54%; the Office of Nuclear Energy budget will decline almost a third.”

These developments, in addition to President Trump’s commitment to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord, signal a stark shift and a clear effort to turn back progress in the energy space. But, don’t fret, politicians work for us and are as replaceable as lightbulbs. And, fortunately, our political system provides checks and balances to ensure that any changes, if they ultimately take hold, are thoroughly debated and reviewed before implementation (i.e. change is hard and takes time—as we in the Green energy space know all too well). So a prudent course forward for energy consumers is two-fold:

  • Take advantage of the robust solar incentives that exist today before they potentially go away. Switch to solar with Greenlight Energy’s no-cost solar installation; see an immediate and significant drop in monthly energy costs; and put your home and family on course to save $30k+ over the next 15-20 years.
  • Make a clear statement with your pocket book that We the People demand clean, cost-effective energy options for our homes, families, and children’s futures. Go solar today.

Request a free custom solar proposal from Greenlight Energy today to see what panels look like on your roof and discover all the money you will save. There is absolutely no commitment required. Take a look and see for yourself.

It’s good for the planet. It’s good for your wallet. That’s the Greenlight Rule.

SolarCircle Referral Program

Greenlight Solar is excited to announce the launch of our SolarCircle Referral Program.  Due to inexpensive, high-efficiency panels, in addition to robust government incentives (smoke em while you got em), it’s clear that now is the best time in history to go solar.  We can install panels on your roof at no cost, and your monthly solar payments are guaranteed to be lower than your current electricity costs.  Solar is officially cleaner and cheaper, and there’s no reason left not to make the switch.

We also realize that not everyone owns a home or has a roof that qualifies for solar, whether due to roof direction, condition, or shading.  However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be an essential part of the solar revolution, while reaping both its financial and environmental benefits.

With SolarCircle, now you can simply refer a friend, family member, coworker, or anyone else you know who owns their home and might be interested in going solar.  We will send them a free custom solar proposal detailing what panels look like on their roof and all the money they can save.  If they decide to move forward, you will receive a $500 check from Greenlight Solar as soon as their system installs.  It’s as simple as that.  You have nothing to lose, and $500—not to mention a clean, healthy, sustainable planet—to gain.

Welcome to the Green-conomy.  It’s not about extracting precious and limited resources from the ground and pumping them into the air and water, reducing our time and quality of life on this planet while the profits are siphoned into the hands of a privileged few.  This is about promoting health and savings while benefitting everyone involved.

Solar saves homeowners money.  Solar earns referrers money.  Solar heals our common home.

Become a part of the SolarCircle revolution.  It affects us all, and it will take us all to put this planet on a path towards a brighter future.

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Tax Abatement 2019 Governor Cuomo

Tax Abatement to 2019

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will extend the solar property tax abatement until 2019. This wonderful news from Albany hit the Greenlight office yesterday, and we are loving the fact that NY State is saying yes to a solar-powered future.

This is also great news for our customers as the State of New York is reaffirming their belief that solar the way to power its citizens.

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New York Energy & Finance Chairman Richard Kauffman said, “I’m thrilled to see Long Island demonstrate what is possible through Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to democratize the production of power and make clean, resilient energy affordable for all New Yorkers. The growth of solar on Long Island is a testament to the role of New York State in building a self-sustaining solar industry to support job growth and protect the environment.”

Studies have indicated Long Island avoids 200,000 tons of carbon emissions annually as a result of all the homes and businesses that have gone solar.

In a previous post, we discussed the possible termination of the tax abatement by the end of the year. This brings renewed confidence to what we’re doing at Greenlight, and we are more inspired than ever to continue to deliver cost-effective, high-quality Green products and services to our customers.

To learn more about the tax abatement, please, read here →

Cost of Solar Going Down

Cost of Solar Going Down

We’ve heard a lot lately about the cost of solar going down. We’ve also seen it first-hand. Last week I read a article discussing how in the last five months alone the price has come down nearly 25% for solar hardware and installation.

At Greenlight, we find that the number one reason our customers look at and install solar systems is the economics. The article I tweeted out to the world discussed global costs going down. This will only translate into more savings for our customers in the long run. Pair that with the tax credits and government incentives, and it really does make sense now more than ever to go solar.

“It seems that we have truly entered a new era in energy production—in renewable energy production, that is. Over the past few months, the cost of solar power has plummeted, and it seems that things are going to stay this way…there’s no reason why the cost of solar will ever increase again,” former Masdar Clean Energy director Frank Wouters noted in a recent interview with Electrek. If governments and innovators continue to invest in these energy sources the way that they have been, Wouters statements are easy to believe.

In just 5 months, prices have dropped some 25%. This development is shown in the recent, and staggeringly low, construction bids on solar projects in China ($0.46/W for 500MW of solar power) and Dubai ($0.023/kWh for 1.2GW of solar power).

Several factors have driven these relatively inexpensive bids. In China, solar power is incentivized. To that end, decreasing hardware prices have largely fueled the drastic drop—solar panel costs, for instance, have declined remarkably since the first quarter of this year. And in Abu Dhabi, solar panels produce more power than usual because the city enjoys some of the best sunlight exposure in the world.

We can take a look at the long term approach to our supply customers as well. With the cost of solar on the whole going down, this savings will likely also funnel to our renewable electricity consumers. In Nevada, a 100MW solar project is expected to deliver electricity at $0.04/kWh. Chile and India are also experiencing similar efficiency.

The key is now to make sure the grid itself can distribute and store this cheap and limitless power. We look forward to continuing to see great changes and benefits for all of our Greenlight Energy customers.

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Only the Best Install for Greenlight Solar

All solar projects require a quality installer.  Within the past few years, we’ve interfaced with a number of installers, both negative and positive, as a result of launching Greenlight Solar. In the aftermath of SunEdison’s demise, we can see how the solar installation process can make a business sink or swim.   A good portion of the time we put into each of our residential and commercial solar installations is making sure we have the best team in place.

Each of our installation partners must pass through a rigorous vetting process before fulfilling any solar projects. Greenlight Energy evaluates potential installers on over a dozen different criteria, including past work, years in business, installations completed, valid contractor licensing, appropriate territory permitting, equipment used, and warranties offered.


Certification is a big qualifier for not only our work but also the installers with whom we partner.  The right certifications can help assure that your solar array is installed carefully, correctly, and up to code. In the U.S. market, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is one of the most reputable certification programs for solar PV and solar heating installers.  It’s a good credential to look for.

Pre-Screened Solar Pro is a new, consumer-driven accreditation. This service signifies an installer has met strict eligibility requirements for years in business. It also looks at whether solar installers have achieved an excellent customer rating, earned a minimum number of independent reviews, and have passed a thorough background check.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is another organization that can help reveal a company’s credibility.  The BBB discloses any formal complaints that have been filed against the installer.  We use this qualification method in our work regarding both Energy Supply and Solar.  We have our live A+ credibility record on every page of our website.

Greenlight also goes further to make sure your potential solar installer exhibits the absolute best service during the consultation process.  Our double check provides a good indication of how they’ll handle the total solar project.  We assess their experise, helpfulness, ability to explain technical information in simple terms, level of professionalism, timeliness, and efficiency.

With so many different solar companies out there, navigating the solar installation process is not easy.  As a result of our years of experience in the business, we’ve put a process in place to make sure a new solar system is completed in the most timely and professional manner possible, because we’re aware it directly reflects on us and directly affects our customers.

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Long Island, King of New York Solar

Long Island residents can stand proud as leaders in New York Solar!  After tremendous growth since 2012, Long Island residents have shown the rest of the state that Solar works and Solar saves. Savvy Long Islanders have quickly learned to take advantage of state and federal rebates leading to millions of dollars saved.

Long Island’s Solar Market Has Grown 320% Since 2012

“The tremendous growth of Solar on Long Island under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative has greatly expanded the use of clean, sustainable energy in the region,” says John B. Rhodes, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “Long Island’s Solar industry is strong and actively serving the growing clean energy market, and we know this momentum will continue.”

In total, New York Solar initiatives have led to a 575% increase in development from 2012 thru 2015. This is not just good news for the environment and homeowners, but also to the 8,250 energy industry employees making it happen.
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Better Options for Homeowners

The outlook for 2016 is looking even brighter for Long Island homeowners. For the average home, a 7.9KW systems saves roughly $2,000 on electricity costs per year. More efficient Solar equipment and more accessible and favorable financing options continue to facilitate the switch to Solar and guarantee savings for consumers.

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See All of Your Options

Before making the switch to solar, know your options and make a decision based on objective 3rd party information. At Greenlight Solar, we partner with only local installers who know your neighborhood, because they’re a part of it. Our Solar specialists can conveniently walk you through the entire process and show you all of the available financing, hardware, and savings opportunities in order for you to make the best choice for your family and home. If it’s not good for your wallet, we won’t install it. Our core belief is that transparency brings trust, and it’s through this trust that we’ve grown our family business across a broad range of communities.

To see your options, request a free consultation today.

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Cost-effective Electricity Is Not the Norm in New York

Thanks to a flood of natural gas supply into the market, the price of power has fallen by two-thirds since 2008, according to Bloomberg News.  So why do utility bills keep increasing?

When your utility bill arrives each month, you can’t help but think how much cheaper it was 5 or 10 years ago. Unlike other commodities, energy has many costly factors.  For New Yorkers and residents of most other large cities, old infrastructure is a big reason for the price hike. The cost of replacing old lines is time-consuming and expensive.  Most were built before 1980, and an astonishing 42% will need to be replaced within the next 30 years.  By then, the rest will need replacing as well.  After the decade long waiting period for approvals and signatures, the costs to prevent outages will keep coming.

New Yorkers additionally pay about 60% more for electricity than most other Americans, with at least a quarter of those costs going directly to taxes and fees.  In short, when it comes to our energy future, the writing is on the wall.  We will continue to see utility prices rise for the next 30 years plus.

What Can Homeowners Do

Thankfully, many states—including Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York—have de-regulated energy programs.  Homeowners are now given the freedom to choose where their electricity comes from and at what price.  New advancements in technology have also brought benefits like fixed-rate pricing and renewable sources, both distinct advantages versus your local utility company. Hidden fees such as peak usage charges are eliminated when you switch, and you can rest easy knowing exactly what your rate will be each month.

Beat the Market

Finally, for homeowners with an eye towards the future, there’s no better way to cut down on energy expenses than making the switch to solar.  With the potential to offset college tuition, new cars, home improvements, and even vacations, solar is the smart way to plan ahead.  Not only does solar require zero upfront investment; it actually earns you money in savings each month for 20+ years.  Switching to solar is simple and requires virtually no effort to reap the benefits.  The panels installed on your roof will guarantee you a lower monthly bill than your utility rate, at a fixed rate, for the entire life of the system.

With options like purchase, loan, or lease, you decide how much money you want to save.  Like all technological progress, advancements in solar have dropped the cost of panels and installation while increasing efficiency and reliability. Incentives like state and federal tax credits make going solar even easier and more cost-effective, so you can put those earnings towards family, leisure, or any other investments.

Get a free custom solar proposal today, see what panels look like on your roof, and learn how much you can save!

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