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Name: Bob and Anne Lewis
Occupation: Retired Navy and now self-employed
Location of panels: Alexandria, VA
What made you go solar?
The financial incentives from State and Federal programs covered approximately two-thirds of the cost of going solar. Enerbank, who provides home improvement and home energy loans, offered a one year same-as-cash financing for the last one-third of the investment we needed.
How is your life different after you went solar?
Being on fairly fixed incomes, we’re no longer stressed about rising electricity costs as we plan for our retirement.
What’s the best part about being solar?
The best part is definitely making more than half of the electricity we use for our 1,300 sq. ft. home. My husband thinks the best part is the $7 electric bill he paid one month!
What tips do you have for others who want to go solar?
I had been looking into solar for approximately seven years before everything fell into place. When the opportunity arose financially and realistically, I was ready to do it.
ASES will hold its annual National Solar Tour this fall where you can show your home, host a tour or go on a tour. If you’d like to donate to support ASES in its mission to promote solar, please click here. If you’d like to learn more about putting solar on your home or to find a local solar professional, click on the Find a Solar Installer Near You on the right side of ASES.org.