January-February 2019 | JOIN THE REVOLUTION

JOIN THE REVOLUTIONJOIN THE REVOLUTIONThe Green Street Solar team includes (from left) Shane Murphy, Jeff Tharp, Richard Jalot,  Haleigh Tingle, Russell Pfaller and Derek Dykes.JOIN THE REVOLUTIONJOIN THE REVOLUTION



Green Street Solar is the industry leader on Delmarva, and the reasons are simple: They provide the best-quality service and pricing.

The solar-power industry is booming. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), solar power is the fastest-growing energy source in the world — and Green Street Solar (GSS) of Selbyville is leading the revolution locally. With more than 10 years in business, GSS is supported by an expert team of certified professionals who have installed hundreds of solar electric systems for residential, nonprofit and commercial customers throughout Delmarva.

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that if the present growth rate of residential solar-panel installation continues, nearly 3.8 million homes will feature photovoltaic power systems by the year 2020. With incentives like the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit, Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC) and cash rebates from local governments promoting its use, more Eastern Shore residents are able to afford new solar installations than ever.

“The federal government offers a 30 percent income-tax credit through 2019, which applies to the total cost of the system. Additional state and local rebates may be also available to help reduce total costs significantly,” said Russell Pfaller, Green Street Solar’s installation manager. “In addition to substantial savings on their electric bills, most homeowners realized total payback in five to seven years, with 20-year saving estimates upwards of $20,000. 

While tax credits and incentives make new solar installations attractive monetarily, there are other financial benefits to solar, said Pfaller, who praised its clean-energy impact on the environment while noting that such systems increase home value by an average of $15,000. Technological innovations that make it possible to produce high-quality panels, inverters and batteries more efficiently continue to drive new prices down, as well. Green Street Solar offers a host of payment options for Delaware residents and interest-free financing opportunities for all Delmarva homeowners. 

“One of my greatest home-improvement experiences was working with Green Street Solar,” said Bob C. of Bethany Beach. “[Everyone is] courteous, honest, accommodating, professional and absolutely awesome. I recommend them to anyone considering adding a solar-panel system to their home.”

The process starts with a preliminary analysis, to determine if the property owner qualifies as a candidate for a solar electric system. Shade percentage, physical aspects of the structure and budget are all evaluation factors. Most people pass this phase with flying colors.

Green Street Solar will then complete a complimentary on-site assessment, which includes reviewing historical electric usage and assessing potential locations for a solar system. GSS will then calculate the appropriate size of the system and review all options with the homeowner or businessowner.

Work by Green Street Solar is never subcontracted and is performed by their North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified PV-installation professionals — one of the only solar company’s in the region with this important distinction. GSS also schedules and pays for all inspections, permits and utility company requirements. Green Street Solar warranties its workmanship for 10 years, and all solar panels are covered by a 25-year warranty.

Commercially, Green Street Solar has helped many businesses achieve significant energy savings through the installation of new solar systems. Their list of corporate clients is impressive and includes Whaleyville Animal Hospital, Waves Car Wash, King Pallet of Delmar and Salisbury’s Bayside Exteriors, to name a few. 

At Eastcor in Easton, Green Street Solar installed 378 solar panels, which will generate an estimated electrical savings of more than $13,500 every year. The system’s inverters were mounted on the outside of the building with a custom-made canopy to protect them from the elements.

Local businesses can also potentially earn a USDA grant of 20 to 25 percent of the solar system installation cost, thus reducing the ROI from six to eight years to just half that time.

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