HEAL Utah Community Solarize Program

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Program Overview

HEAL Utah knows that affordable solar provides tangible value to homeowners-it helps you save on energy, shrink your carbon footprint, and support the clean energy economy. With so much uncertainty in the Utah solar market over the past year, we want to help you achieve peace of mind by offering discounted installation. That’s why we’ve partnered with Creative Energies Solar, a company we’ve worked alongside on policy with a team of people we trust. Fill out the following form, and a member from the Creative Energies Solar team will follow up with you about scheduling a consultation.

How does it work?

HEAL Utah has partnered with Creative Energies in the past on clean energy policy work and trust them as a company for our members.

Fill out this form! A member from Creative Energies will contact you via phone or email.

Creative energies will then see if solar is right for your home.

Creative Energies

Creative Energies brings 20 years of experience to solar installations for homeowners, businesses, and organizations. Founded on a belief in a future powered by renewable energy, the company believes in solar for good and is a Certified B Corporation. Their purpose is to empower healthy environments with creative solar solutions in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho to address climate change. Creative Energies strives to be a model of progressive business practices and a voice in local and regional renewable energy policy and education.

Creative Energies has successfully partnered with the University of Utah, Utah Clean Energy, and the town of Park City for Community Solarize Programs.

Learn more about Creative Energies

FAQ

What are the financial benefits of installing solar energy for my home?

Solar systems save homeowners money on electricity bills and provide energy independence from future rising electricity rates.

Federal benefits: homeowners can get an Income Tax Credit (ITC) of 26% of the total cost of an installed solar system in 2021. State benefits: the Utah Solar Tax Credit will cover up to 25% of the total cost of an installed solar system or up to $1,200 in 2021.

Solar panels are also an excellent investment in your home. Studies show that a solar system increases the home’s value and helps the home sell faster.2.


What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

Solar power benefits the environment by lowering the agents of climate change and supporting cleaner, healthier air by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. Today’s solar modules offset the CO2 required to produce them in 1-3 years depending on the roof location.


How do I find out how much energy my home uses?

Utah homeowners utilizing Rocky Mountain Power can login to their online account to download their annual energy usage and a recent power bill.

On the “My Account” page, along the left side, click on “Energy usage”Below the graph click on “DOWNLOAD USAGE HISTORY” (this will generate a .csv spreadsheet)

Next, on the left side of the page, click “BILLING AND PAYMENT HISTORY.” Scroll down to “Previous Bills and Payments” and download one recent monthly power bill. The bill includes information Creative Energies needs in order for you to apply for your customer generation agreement.


How does solar on my home work with the utility company grid?

When a homeowner’s system generates more solar energy than it uses, the electricity is fed back to the grid and credited to future bills.

When there are power outages, a grid-tied solar system will shut down to protect workers who might be working on power lines. Whereas a solar system with battery backup will continue to produce energy for home use.


How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?

Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy and turn it into Direct Current (DC) electricity. Since most homes and appliances run off of Alternating Current (AC) electricity, the DC electricity from the panels has to pass through an inverter and be converted to AC electricity. The converted AC electricity can then be used throughout the home, stored in a backup battery, or fed back onto the electric grid.


Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?

Peak solar production happens during longer, sunnier days, but cloudy and shorter days will still produce solar energy to power your home. At nighttime, your panels will not be generating power.


Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?

Snow generally isn’t heavy enough to cause structural issues with solar panels and the tilted design helps snow slide off in a self-cleaning way. Snow coverage can, however, block sunlight, preventing solar panels from producing energy. Steeper roofs shed snow faster and allow the system to begin producing sooner, while lower pitched roofs will retain snow longer. Creative Energies’ design optimizes the system to release snow naturally rather than needing to remove it manually. Energy loss from snow is factored into our calculations.


How long will solar panels last?

Solar panels can produce power for 30-50 years and manufacturers warranty power output for 25 years.


How much will solar panel maintenance cost?

With no moving parts, solar systems require little to no maintenance. Inverter maintenance or replacement generally occurs about halfway through the system’s lifetime (around year 15). Creative Energies recommends a service check every 3-5 years.


How long does it take to install solar?

The installation of the solar panels can be as short as 1-3 days depending on the system’s size and complexity. The planning, design, and permitting process can take one month or longer.


What are solar financing options?

Homeowners can purchase a system directly or take out a solar loan. For loan financing, Creative Energies recommends Clean Energy Credit Union, a financial institution focused solely on providing loans that help people afford clean energy products and services such as solar electric systems, electric vehicles, and home energy efficiency retrofits. This financing option has no loan origination fees and no prepayment penalties.


What about my roof and solar?

South-facing roofs with little to no shade are ideal for installing solar, however, East and West-facing roofs work great too. Some people prefer to install a new roof before going solar, but our Service Team can always uninstall and reinstall solar panels if a roof needs repairs.


How does the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) Work?

Other questions? Join us Thursday, June 29th for our virtual workshop! This workshop is free to our HEAL supporters and will go over all the details of the benefits of solar, solar installation, and HEAL’s work on clean energy.

*Heal is promoting this program to our members based on our vetting of CE as a reliable company. The contract for installation is between the individual and CE, and that HEAL does not  bear any responsibility for problems that may arise before, during, or after installation