The staff at KW Solar Solutions was proud to work with
Habitat for Humanity to install a 3.75kW Solar Array on a home in Aberdeen, MD.
Our crew volunteered their time to install the 15-panel system and micro
The homeowner was thrilled about this solar installation as it will significantly reduce her electric bill each month. It was a wonderful experience and it brings great satisfaction to know we helped make a difference in someone’s life.
The State of Delaware continues to support renewable energy
for our citizens. Starting in June a new
low interest solar loan is available through the Energize Delaware
program. The interest rate is only 3.9%
for qualifying homeowners and can cover up to 70% of project cost. Other solar incentives, such as the 30%
Federal Investment Tax Credit, Green Energy Grant, and selling your Solar
Renewable Energy Credits are all still available too. Of course, the biggest savings for adding
solar comes from drastically reduced electric utility bills you’ll have
throughout the year.
The first step to see if you qualify is to contact us at KW Solar Solutions by calling 302-838-8400, or by submitting your information on our contact form here. We can help answer your questions about solar and schedule a time to visit your home to conduct a site assessment and provide you a written proposal and price quote. We can also help you apply for the Energize Delaware Solar Loan.
A great way to help off-set the cost of your solar
installation is the 30% federal tax credit.
It’s one way our country is supporting clean, renewable electricity
generation. We at KW Solar Solutions are
solar experts, not tax experts so it would be wise to consult with a tax
professional. Here’s some information on
how it works for residences:
The federal investment tax credit (ITC) is a tax credit that
can be claimed on your federal income taxes for 30% of the cost of solar PV
systems. Use IRS form 5695 with your Form 1040.
The amount of the tax credit is equal to 30% of the cost of
all equipment, labor, permitting and inspection fees. For example, if your
system from KW Solar Solutions was $20,000 than your tax credit would be [.3 *
$20,000 = $6,000].
Utility provided rebates and grants generally decrease your
basis in the solar renewable property. The Green Energy Grant in Delaware is a
utility provided grant. For example, if
your solar PV system cost $20,000 and you receive a $3,000 Green Energy Grant
from Delmarva than your basis in the property for tax credit purposes is [$20,000
– $3,000 = $17,000]. Your federal ITC
amount would be [.3 * $17,000 = $5,100].
There is no cap on the amount of the ITC.
You need to have a federal income tax liability to take
advantage of this incentive. If your employer withholds payroll taxes, you may
receive much of that back since the ITC can offset what you owe in income
tax. So, if you owe $6,000 in federal
income taxes after you’ve taken all your deductions you could use the $5,100
ITC (from above example) to reduce your tax liability to only $900. If your employer withholding is more than $900,
you’d get the remainder back as tax return check.
Any unused portion of the tax credit can carry forward to
the next tax year. So, if your income tax liability is $4,000 and your ITC is
$5,100 you can carry forward $1,100 to next year.
The tax credit can be used against the federal income tax or
the alternative minimum tax.
Payments you receive for Solar Energy Renewable Credits
(SRECs) is taxable income and does not impact your ITC. KW Solar can help you
determine how valuable your SRECs are.
Your solar PV system must be ‘placed in service’ in order to
qualify for the ITC. This means that installation is complete, and the utility
company has inspected the system and has given you permission to operate. KW Solar Solutions helps expedite the process
with our customers.
You can get the ITC on both your primary home and a vacation
home (not a rental home).
If you expand an existing solar PV array you can qualify for
the ITC on the cost of the expansion.
Commercial ITC is a little more complex, but still equals 30% of the basis in solar PV with no capped amount. KW Solar works with commercial, non-profit and agriculture organizations to help sort through how the economics of solar can help them meet their goals. Again, it’s always best to consult a tax expert to confirm how the tax credit applies in a given situations.
Ever wonder if your home’s value would increase if solar panels were installed to generate it’s electricity. According to real estate studies, the answer is yes. Solar homes have increased value compared to non-solar homes. See the below information by the Department of Energy SunShot program:
“Buying a solar energy system will likely increase your home’s value. A recent study found that solar panels are viewed as upgrades, just like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, and home buyers across the country have been willing to pay a premium of about $15,000 for a home with an average-sized solar array. Additionally, there is evidence homes with solar panels sell faster than those without. In 2008, California homes with energy efficient features and PV were found to sell faster than homes that consume more energy. Keep in mind, these studies focused on homeowner-owned solar arrays.
When it comes to third-party owned (TPO) systems, data shows that while they add some complexity to the real estate transaction, the overall impacts in terms of sales price, time on market, agreement transfers, and customer satisfaction are mostly neutral. In some cases, TPO systems can even add value.
The PV Value® tool is helpful for both home sellers and
homebuyers. It calculates the energy production value for a PV system and is
compliant with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and has
been endorsed by the Appraisal Institute for the income approach method. Make
sure your appraiser uses this tool to get the most accurate estimate of your PV
In addition, check out this New York Times article that discusses the home value impact. Like the above, the valuation is only increased if the installed solar PV system is owned by the homeowner. Leases and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s) by companies like SolarCity and other third-party owned systems do not increase home values.
Contact KW Solar Solutions, Inc to find out if your home or business is a good site for a solar installation and start investing in your future and a cleaner environment now!
We want to make it clear that we DO NOT make any cold calls
to any of our customers. If you do receive any kind of phone call claiming to
be calling from our company asking for credit card information or any other
kind of personal information you do not wish to disclose, please know that this
is not our company contacting you and that this is a scam. Please contact your
telephone provider right away to block their phone calls. We sincerely
apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and we are working hard to
determine who it is that is doing this.
KW Solar Solutions has become the premier installer of solar
systems for fire stations in the state of Delaware.
Since our first fire station installation of a 72kW system
on the Delaware City Fire Station in the summer of 2008 (with an additional
5.04kW added in 2011) we have gone on to install a total of five PV systems on
fire stations throughout Delaware ,and one in Maryland, averaging one each
In 2009 kW Solar was commissioned to install a 58.6kW PV
system on the fire station at the Delaware Air National Guard, as well as two
other military buildings at the New Castle site. The following year we
installed a 51.66kW PV system on the Leipsic Fire Station, and in 2011, a
49.9kW PV system on the Belvedere Fire Station.
At the Townsend Fire Station we installed a 124.8kW
“ground mounted” PV system in September 0f 2012. In August of 2013,
we completed installation of a 43.1kW PV system for the Hacks Point Fire
Station in Earlville, Maryland.
KW Solar Solutions owners Jim Kelley and Dale Wolf have done
seminars for fire station members on solar. “We are proud to help fire
stations save money on their utilities that will allow those savings to be
redirected towards life-saving equipment” says Kelley.
The KW Solar Solutions staff looks forward to working with
many more of the area fire companies in the future.
Village Improvement Association officers, dignitaries,
members and guests gathered May 31 for the groundbreaking ceremony marking the
beginning of the expansion and renovation of the VIA Clubhouse at Grenoble
Place and the Boardwalk.
VIA Building and Planning Committee Chair and President
Carolyn Billingsley and Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper, sank their shovels
into the ground amid the cheering crowd while the crew of Schell Bros. Builders
stood in the wings waiting to get started on the actual excavation and
expansion of the little building.
Billingsley said, “It is a very poignant time…so many
memories of the talented and dedicated ladies and their work of the past 103
years and so much excitement about the things yet to be accomplished in our
time and in our new building.”
Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver said, “I am very
supportive of this group because of all the things they do for the town. This
is a proud moment. I am happy to participate in the VIA’s historic
groundbreaking ceremony.” The councilwoman and Sussex County Councilman
George Cole each granted funds to help with the VIA Capital Campaign.
The ladies of the Village Improvement Association have the
delightful dilemma of growing pains. Their little clubhouse was built in 1926
at the cost of $2,644.88. At that time, VIA membership was small, the women fit
comfortably in their new surroundings and held meetings, art classes, art shows
and fundraising parties there.
Theda Blackwelder, the VIA’s Capital Campaign chair, who has
been charged with raising the funds necessary to support the project, looked
upon this as a banner day. She said, “I am so grateful to our membership who
have diligently and untiringly worked to raise the funds to go forward with
this expansion. We still have work to do and look to the continued support of
the community and our Village Improvement Association women to complete this
Today VIA has an active membership of over 200 and that
number is steadily increasing month by month. Although it was expanded after
the devastating Storm of 1962, today, the cubhouse is limited in its seating
and not all of the members are able to attend programs. Many fundraising
efforts are severely curtailed by the lack of space.
While the VIA Capital Campaign Committee has worked diligently for the needed funds, there is still a considerable amount left to be raised. Many successful events have provided needed money for this critical cause. DNREC has provided a generous grant for environmentally friendly use. However, the VIA ladies just cannot bake enough cookies to raise the balance of the money needed. They are seeking funds from foundations, corporations, members, city, county and state officials and the generous donations of individuals. The Village Improvement Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible.
To help, donate, or get more information, contact Theda
Blackwelder 302-945-2775 or go towww.rehobothbeachvia.org.
Ground Mounted System for the Townsend Fire Company in
Belvedere Volunteer Fire Company unveiled their new
50-kilowatt solar power system today, built from Delaware-manufactured
components and Delaware contractors.
The solar system will save the fire company an estimated
one-third of its electric utility costs – approximately $400,000 over the life
of the system.
“Adding solar power is a great way for a community
organization to save on energy costs while reducing pollutants entering and
damaging our environment,” DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara said. “It is
like taking nine to 10 cars off the road.”
The Belvedere Fire Company was chosen for this project because several volunteer firefighters work at Cermet Materials, located in Wilmington, which manufactures products used in solar panel production. Cermet Materials brought KW Solar Solutions, Inc located in Newark, on board as project manager and installer. Materials were purchased through United Electric, an electrical supply company based in New Castle, and the 208 40-watt solar panels were manufactured by Motech Delaware, which is located in Newark. Nickle Electrical Companies of Newark provided electrical work, and the Delaware Green Energy Program provided additional funding for the project.
“Local business, government and the community came together to give back, putting solar panels up to help power this fire hall and the work these volunteers do,” Gov. Jack Markell said.
DNREC press release
Governor Markell cuts the ribbon on solar power system
for Belvedere Fire Company in Wilmington
WILMINGTON (Feb. 8, 2012) – Governor Jack Markell and DNREC
Secretary Collin O’Mara joined a group of Delaware solar companies and
volunteer firefighters this morning to cut the ribbon for a new 50 kilowatt
solar power system on the Belvedere Fire Company’s Fire Hall in Wilmington.
Built from Delaware-manufactured components by Delaware contractors, the system
will save the fire company an estimated one-third of its electric utility costs
– approximately $400,000 over the life of the system.
“Belvedere’s volunteer firefighters risk their lives to
protect their neighbors. They put all of their energy into their service.” Gov.
Markell said. “Local business, government and the community came together to
give back, putting solar panels up to help power this fire hall and the work
these volunteers do.”
Belvedere’s new solar power system, which was completed in
December, will provide 65,000 kilowatts of clean electric power annually – an
amount that will off-set 44.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions –
equivalent to emissions from the annual electric usage of nearly six homes or
the annual greenhouse gas emissions of nearly nine passenger vehicles.
“Adding solar power is a great way for a community
organization to save on energy costs while reducing pollutants entering and
damaging our environment,” said Secretary O’Mara. “This solar power system will
be providing clean, renewable, sustainable power to the Belvedere Fire Company
at minimal cost and with little maintenance for years to come.”
The idea of solar power for the Belvedere Fire Hall was
initially suggested last year by several fire company members who are also
employees of Cermet Materials in Wilmington, which manufactures products used
in solar panel production. Cermet owners Charlie Falletta and Pansy Tong agreed
to help finance the project.
“We are committed to the solar industry, and to supporting
the use and growth of solar as a clean, renewable power source,” said Falletta.
“This project also allowed us to help out a volunteer group that provides a
vital public service to the residents of Wilmington.”
Cermet Materials brought KW Solar Solutions of Newark on
board as project manager and installer. Project materials were purchased
through United Electric, a Delaware-based electrical supply company in New
Castle. The 208 40-watt solar panels that comprise the system were manufactured
in Newark by Motech Delaware. Final electrical work was completed by Delaware
commercial and residential electrical contractor Nickle Electric Companies of
Additional funding for the Belvedere Fire Company project
came from the Delaware Green Energy Program, administered by the DNREC Division
of Energy and Climate. The DGEP provided a grant of $68,400 towards the
estimated $273,951 in total project costs.
The Green Energy Program helps Delaware homeowners,
businesses and non-profit organizations meet their energy needs in a more
sustainable way through the installation of renewable energy systems, including
solar, geothermal and wind. Since 1999, the Green Energy Program has supported
more than 1,000 renewable energy projects in Delaware.