From the Times Record:
The town council moved ahead on its plan to help make solar power affordable Monday evening with Solarize Brunswick, allowing residents to buy into solar at a reduced bulk price either as single residences or co-oping into a solar farm.
According to Business Development Manager Linda Smith, the savings to residents and small businesses could be substantial, even eclipsing their current power bill. Not only would participants have the satisfaction of reducing their carbon footprint but the typical 4.8 kilowatt system could pay for itself in under 13 years plus a 30 percent federal tax credit.
Smith said participants should be able to install at a bulk price and that the systems plus the tax incentives could save residents up to $4,500 on the initial purchase. Together, she said some home and small business owners could find themselves with little to no power bill.
Smith said, however, people should keep energy use in mind when determining the scale of the solar system they need. She said the 4.8 kilowatt system might be fine for a family of four but may be overkill for a couple or single occupant. “If you scale that 4.8 kilowatt project and you only use 3.6, nobody writes you a check for the difference. It’s basically to the good for CMP,” she said.
The good news for smaller households is that they will pay less up front for their installation and still get 30 percent back in taxes.