## 4 KWH PV Solar Output in Rochester, NY

Here is an example equation of what you could expect in electricity production each month of the year from a 4 KW PV solar system in Rochester, NY.

Please assume that there are no problems with shade hitting the solar panels, and that the system is angled ideally towards the sunlight.

The numbers below explain the monthly kwh production, the dollar value of the electricity the system would produce, and a few other solar facts.

 Solar PV System in Rochester, NY City: Rochester State: New_York Latitude: 43.12° N Longitude: 77.67° W Elevation: 169 m PV System Specifications DC Rating: 4.0 kW DC to AC Derate Factor: 0.770 AC Rating: 3.1 kW Array Type: Fixed Tilt Array Tilt: 43.1° Array Azimuth: 180.0° Energy Specifications Cost of Electricity: 14.5 ¢/kWh

Energy and Dollar Value Output Details from PV Solar in Rochester:

 Results Month Solar Radiation (kWh/m 2/day) AC Energy (kWh) Energy Value (\$) 1 2.40 236 34.22 2 3.55 320 46.40 3 4.13 400 58.00 4 4.88 433 62.79 5 5.20 457 66.27 6 5.67 470 68.15 7 5.52 470 68.15 8 5.26 449 65.11 9 4.90 418 60.61 10 3.49 314 45.53 11 2.25 201 29.14 12 1.93 183 26.54 Year 4.10 4351 \$630.89

These numbers as you can see are not considerable, you won’t be saving tens of thousands of dollars right away, but if you factor in a bit of a larger system, or the very good possibility that your actual electric bill is much higher in cost per kwh, then this system might make sense to you.  Some of the difficult factors in this particular location for solar energy is the relatively low amount of daylight hours on average.  The equation would be entirely different if there were lets say 5.5 sunlight hours per day.  That way the solar panels could operate and produce electricity in Rochester, NY for about 20% more time each day.  If though, the state and federal tax credits are something that you could take advantage of, you might want to talk with one of your local installers to see if they can come up with some creative solar panel financing options for you.

## Average Amount of Sunlight Hours For Solar Panels in New York Cities

A list of the average amount of sunlight you can expect for two different types of solar panel installations in the state of New York.  The first set of numbers if for a solar panel that is fixed in position and tilted towards the sun with the same angle for the tilt as is the lattitude of the location.  The second sunlight hour data is going to explain the number of direct sunlight hours if the solar panel is rotating on one axis throughout the day.  Sunlight is the most important part of any solar photovoltaic installation, so its a great idea to pay attention to these numbers.

New York Cities:

• Albany
• with a fixed solar panel you can expect to receive 4.3 hours of sunlight per day in Albany, NY
• with a rotating axis solar panel, you can expect to have 5.4 average hours of sunlight per day
• Binghampton
• with a fixed solar panel you can expect to receive 4.1 hours of sunlight per day in Binghampton, NY
• with a rotating axis solar panel you can expect to have 5.1 hours of sunlight per day
• Buffalo
• with a fixed solar panel you can expect to receive 4.1 hours per day in Buffalo, NY
• with a rotating solar panel, you will see 5.2 hours per day of sunlight in Buffalo
• Hamburg
• with a fixed solar panel you can expect to receive 4.3 hours of sunlight in Hamburg, NY
• with a rotating solar panel, you can expect to have 5.5 hours of sunlight in Hamburg, NY
• White Plains
• with a fixed solar panel you can expect to receive 4.3 hours per day
• with a rotating solar panel, you will see 5.2 hours per day of sunlight
• Troy
• with a fixed solar panel you can expect to receive 4.3 hours per day
• with a rotating solar panel, you will see 5.4 hours per day of sunlight
• Syracuse
• with a fixed solar panel you can expect to receive 4.2 hours of sunlight in Syracuse, NY
• with a rotating solar panel, you will have 5.3 hours of sunlight in Syracuse

Without sunlight, solar panels that are meant to produce electricity can not operate at full efficiency.  It is very important that solar panels are placed in an area that receives as much sun as possible.  You want to minimize or even eliminate all shade that might cause the hours of sunlight to decrease near your panels too.  All of this data has been compiled from the NREL website on solar radiation.

## UPDATE: NY Renewable Energy Loan Program

The state of New York is now offering several variations of loans for homes who start a renewable energy project.  There are several different types of technologies that are eligible for the loan that is being offered.  As for solar power, the types of solar that can obtain the loans are:

1. Solar Hot Water Heaters
2. Solar Space Heaters

## NY Solar Loan Dollar Amounts:

The minimum loan available through this program is \$1,500 and that is only allowed for income qualified people

The rest of the loans must be between \$3,000 and \$13,000.  The loan may fund the project completely.  Details regarding the repayment of the loan and the actual solar loan terms are based on the length of time selected for repayment.  The general idea is that the loans can take on a 3.50% to 4% interest rate which is very low.

Suggestions:

If you are looking to take part in this green energy loan program in New York state, you should definitely look into the solar hot water technology.  This type of solar will give you the most bang for your buck, and will pay for itself well inside of 5 years.  Also, the typical costs for a solar hot water heater are just a few thousand dollars and sometimes even less than \$2,000.

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## New York Solar Panel Installer List of NABCEP Certified Installers:

The State of New York has been promoting several Solar Panel Rebate Programs to residents and commercial businesses for several years.  Many of the incentives are only eligible to the end user if they hire a solar professional or “solar installer” who is North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified.

## Here is a list of NABCEP certified solar installers in the state of New York:

• Jeff Wolfe

GroSolar
12 Petra Lane
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 802-280-3097 800-374-4494

• Carter Wilding-White

Alteris
Albany, NY 12204
Phone: 518-512-5154

• Jason Weingast

Active Energies Solar, LLC
1899 Greenville Turnpike
Port Jervis, NY 12771
Phone: 970-306-4233

• Art Weaver

Renovus Energy, Inc.
102 Cherry Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-1777

• Chris Watrous

Upstate Energy Solutions
4316 State Route 414
Burdett, NY 14817
Phone: 607-229-4178

• David Verner

Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 866-452-7652

• Curt Snyder

Crest Solar Power Solutions
Keeseville, NY 12944
Phone: 518-578-1487

• Wayne Skolnick

Accord Electric, LLC.
PO Box 44
Schuyler Falls, NY 12985
Phone: 518-314-6336

• William Silva

United Renewable Energy
3840 East Robinson Rd, Suite 202
Amherst, NY 14228
Phone: 315-489-2290

• Jonathan Sharp

Monolith Solar Associates, LLC
15 Kings Court
Nanuet, NY 10954
Phone: 518-779-9091

• David Schieren

EmPower CES, LLC
Island Park, NY 11558
Phone: 516-837-3459

• Gregory Sachs

EmPower CES, LLC
Island Park, NY 11558
Phone: 516-837-3459

• Jason Ross

Ross Solar Group, LLC
72 Grays Bridge Road, Suite C1
Brookfield, CT 6804
Phone: 203-512-4500

• Kevin Rose

Alteris RPS, LLC
Menands, NY 12204
Phone: 518-512-5154

• Nathan Rizzo

Solar Liberty Energy Systems, Inc.
6225 Sheridan Drive, Suite 102
Buffalo, NY 14221
Phone: 716-634-3780

• Anthony Pereira

AltPower Inc.
125 Maiden Lane Suite 307
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-206-0022

• Gary Minnick

Go Solar, Inc.
Phone: 631-727-2224

• James McKee

Helios Solar USA, Inc.
PO Box 4425
Danbury, CT 6813
Phone: 203-948-5698

CVM Electric, Inc.
220 Dingens Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: 716-824-2200

• James MacDonald

Solar Energy Systems, LLC
1205 Manhattan Avenue, Suite 1210
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: 718-389-1545

• John Lorino

All Around The House
PO Box 629
Glen Wild, NY 12378
Phone: 845-434-0212

• Roger Ley

ETM Solar Works
300 North Street
Endicott, NY 13760
Phone: 607-785-6499

• Jonathan Lane

22 Devonshire Court
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: 516-935-3273

• Melissa Kemp

Halco Renewable Energy
Phelps, NY 14532
Phone: 315-946-6200

• Richard Ivins

Pfister Energy, Inc
80 East Fifth Street
Paterson, NJ 7524
Phone: 973-653-9880

• Jeff Irish

Hudson Valley Clean Energy, Inc.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

• Bret Heilig

OnForce Solar
31 Union Square West, Suite 6C
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 800-786-4028

**This list may not be complete, and may not also be up to date.  At the time of publishing it contained most of the NABCEP certified New York State solar installers.  These are the solar installers who have completed a course and have been trained in the proper techniques of installer solar panel systems.

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## New York Solar Energy Tax Incentives:

-State Sales Tax Exempt

-Local Sales Tax Exempt

-Also for solar water and solar heating, not just photovoltaic solar

## Solar Hot Water Grants and Loan Programs for New York:

-Maximum of \$20,000 low interest loan for solar hot water heaters for residents of NY

-Also this loan is available to New York residents who install Geo Thermal heat pumps

## Solar Photovoltaic  Panel Incentive Program in New York:

-this program is a first come first served type of incentive.  Applications for this incentive must be submitted and approved.  Each month there is \$2 million dollars allocated to the budget for the NY solar incentive program, and once it is used up, applications are no longer accepted.  The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority is the actually governing board of this state level incentive.

-Maximum residential home solar panel incentive is: \$12,250

-The rebate may not be more than 40 percent of costs to the homeowner after all other tax credits

-The approximate amount of the solar panel incentive is \$1.75/DC watt.  This amount can be lowered if it is determined that there is a potential production loss and efficiency loss of the solar panel system.  More efficient systems will receive a higher incentive.  Also, shading and other factors may also lower the incentive amount of the system.

Requirements to receive the solar panel incentive:

• solar panels must be new and in good working order
• the solar system must come with at least a five year warranty
• there must be a way to monitor the output of the system
• a NY state approved solar contractor must install the system
• the solar electric system must be grid connected
• all local and state and federal building codes must be met and approved

more information on this program can be found at the NY State rebate program website