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Written by Lisa Walsh

Solar Financing via Maryland’s Be Smart Loan Program

Residential Solar ,Panels Solar ServiceSolar Energy Services, Inc. recently became an approved contractor with the Be SMART Home Loan Program. This State of Maryland financing vehicle offers unsecured loans of up to $30,000 at a 4.99% interest rate. Aimed towards Maryland residents looking to lower utility costs, improve energy efficiency and add value to their Maryland home. The following solar projects qualify:

Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Systems

These grid-tied solar systems give homeowners the option of purchasing more than 25yr worth of electricity at a fraction of the cost of their “rented” utility rates. Systems are purchase outright, and are eligible for the multiple financial incentives currently available.

Solar Water Heating (Thermal)

These systems are entirely separate from solar electric (PV) systems. They are most cost-effective for a Maryland family of 4 or more who currently heats their home’s water with electric, propane or oil. They require a relatively small amount of roof space and the upfront investment is lower than solar electric.

What are the Loan Qualifications and requirements?

  • Maryland resident
  • Home Owner
  • Verification of income
  • Credit score over 640
  • Debt-to-income ratio below 50%
  • Completion of a home energy audit

There is up to $30,000 in financing available for eligible homeowners.

What other upgrades qualify for the Be Smart Loan program?

Other qualifying energy efficiency upgrades throughout the home could include: energy efficient roof replacement, geothermal system, air infiltration reduction measures, increased insulation, hot water system improvements, heating systems maintenance or replacement, programmable thermostats, ceiling fans, windows, doors, duct work and energy star appliance replacement.

Can any Contractor perform the work?

Contractors must be listed on the State of Maryland’s Approved Contractor List as found here: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Residents/Documents/besmart/BeSMARTApprovedContractors.pdf

How do I Apply?

  1. 1. Schedule a solar site visit with Solar Energy Services, Inc.
  2. Submit the Be Smart Home Loan Application along with SES’s proposal of work to be performed
  3. Be SMART will processes your Home loan application. Approval is based on your proposal specifications, satisfactory credit and affordability
  4. Submit your Home Energy Audit from an Approved Contractor
  5. You receive Loan Approval along with the first of two project pay-outs
  6. Upon receipt of payment, your Be SMART Contractor, SES, moves forward with interconnection, permitting and subsequent solar panel installation.
  7. The final payment is provided by DHCD when the work is complete and a DHCD inspector confirms that the work meets specifications

MORE INFORMATION

CONTACT: BeSMART Home Loan Program

Community Development Administration

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

E: BeSmartHome.dhcd@maryland.gov​

P: 301-429-7402 ​​​​

Or

info@solarsaves.net

410-923-6090

Written by John Marrah III

Press Release: Ribbon Cutting for SES in Talbot County – Eastern Shore

On Tuesday, February 21, the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Solar Energy Service at Hot Desks, located at 7 Goldsborough Street in Easton.

Pictured above include Easton Town Councilman Pete Lesher, Talbot County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO & Easton Town Councilman Alan Silverstein, Bruce Strazza, Sarah Boynton (Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy), Easton Town Councilman Ron Engle, Adam Shellhamer (BDK, Inc), Sabine Simonson (Talbot County Free Library), Kristin Lockerman (Avery Hall Benefit Solutions), Sue Waite (RAUCH inc.), Cynthia Jurrius (Mid-Shore Mediation),Dane Schriver (1880 Bank), Solar Energy Services Consultant John Marrah III, Dave Wooten (Office of Comptroller of MD), Adam Jones (Shore United Bank), Robin Marrah (Patriot Cruises), Rick Peters (Solar Energy Services), Bill Ewald (RAUCH inc.), Bill Bernard (Eating Easton/Eating St. Michaels), Rod Renner (Renner Management), Jameson Harrington (RAUCH inc.), John Marrah (Patriot Cruises) and Laura Heikes (Shore United Bank).

With over 35 years of solar experience, Solar Energy Services, Inc. (SES) is the regional leader for both residential and commercial solar systems.  We are a full service team providing solar design, installation and lifetime support to all our prospective and existing residential and commercial solar applications including Solar Power (PV)Solar Thermal (Water Heating) and Solar Pool Heating.

Maryland owned and operated SES is proud to announce its commitment to serving Talbot County and the Eastern Shore at large. A resident of St. Michaels, John A. Marrah III is your local resource to education on industry trends, product developments, and emerging technologies in the solar industry. John will advise the right solar installation for a particular project (Solar Power, Solar Thermal, Solar Pool Heating), and will work with the end user to calculate and design the most cost- effective and energy- efficient solar installation for your home or business.

SES’s leadership, administrative and installation teams live locally, hire locally and have deep ties to the regional solar industry as well the communities they serve.  410.226.6212

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Written by Anonymous

Hagerstown Correctional Facility Installs Solar Water Heating Systems

Commercial Solar Energy ,Residential Solar ,Panels Solar ServiceHAGERSTOWN, MD:  Earlier this week Solar Energy Services, Inc., a Maryland based solar installer, completed installation of five separate solar water heating systems at the Hagerstown Correctional Facility.

SES was engaged by Johnson Controls, Inc. to design, install and commission the solar systems in order to offset a larger portion of the facility’s traditional heating system.  Four of the systems, each consisting of 6 solar thermal panels closed-loop plumbed to 220 gallon solar storage tanks, were installed on four housing buildings.  The larger 12 panel system and accompanying tanks were installed on the facility’s dining hall.

Written by Anonymous

DC Apartment Building Installs Solar

WASHINGTON, DC:  Skyline Innovations, a third party solar developer, engaged Solar Energy Services, Inc. to design and install a solar water heating system on an apartment building on MacArthur Blvd. in downtown Washington, DC.

The solar thermal system will include 20 thermal panels on the south facing roof of the building, as well as a 1,000 gallon solar storage tank.  The system will act as a pre-heat to the building’s existing gas water heater, reducing their utility costs by around 30% annually.

Written by Anonymous

DC Apartments Go Solar Thermal

WASHINGTON, DC:  The installation of a solar water heating system was completed today at an apartment building on Tunlaw Road in downtown Washington, DC.

The solar thermal system was designed and installed by Solar Energy Services, Inc., a Maryland- based solar installer, in partnership with Skyline Innovations, a DC-based third party solar developer.

The system includes 58 flat plate solar thermal collectors, a 3,200 gallon solar storage tank, and a 200 gallon buffer tank.  It is expected to greatly offset the building’s natural gas water heating system.

Written by Anonymous

Solar Commissioned at Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant

ESSEX, MD:  Earlier this week NABCEF-certified Solar Energy Services, Inc. was engaged by Amber Enterprises, Inc. to provide the DC wiring installation at the newly installed 1MW solar application at Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is the project manager of this 1MW solar photovoltaic system which has 4,116 ground-mounted, southerly-facing solar panels.  The 4,200 American-made panels, installed in the past three months at a cost of about $4 million, have begun to supply about 5 percent of the energy — up to 1,000 kilowatts per hour — needed to run the plant on Eastern Avenue.

Written by Anonymous

Annapolis Housing Authority Installs Solar on Housing Complex

ANNAPOLIS, MD:  Solar Energy Services, Inc. completed the installation of a series of solar thermal systems across 11 housing complexes owned by the Annapolis Housing Authority.

SES was engaged by third party solar developer, Skyline Innovations, to design, install and commission the solar thermal systems that will greatly offset the conventional gas heating systems.

Collectively, the solar water heating systems consist of 180 panels split between Harbor House and Glenwood Highrise, two of HACA’s six public housing communities, which together house approximately 2,000 people.  The solar system is expected to offset utility costs by around 30% annually.

Written by Anonymous

DC Condominium Community Installs Solar Water Heater

WASHINGTON, DC:  Solar Energy Services, Inc. installed and commissioned a solar thermal system at Tiber Island, a waterfront condomimium community in Washington, DC.

SES was contracted by Skyline Innovations, a third party solar developer, to design and install the solar water heating system that acts as a pre-heat to the facility’s natural gas water heating system.

The solar system consists of 76 solar arrays mounted to the building’s roof.  Each array has 30 evacuated tube collectors that are closed-loop plumbed to a 5,000 gallon solar storage tank.

The system is expected to offset a large portion of the facility’s conventional utility bill.

Written by Anonymous

Another Washington, DC Condo Building Installs a Solar Water Heater

WASHINGTON, DC:  Solar Energy Services, Inc. completed installation of a fully automatic solar water heating system at Park Tower, an apartment building located in the historic Adams Morgan neighborhood.

The building is home to 125 apartment units throughout its five floors.  SES was contracted by Skyline Innovations, a third party solar developer, to install and commission the solar thermal system.  It consists of 48 solar thermal panels and three 1000 gallon thermal storage tanks.  The system is slated to offset a huge portion of the building’s conventional water heating system.

Written by Anonymous

Washington, DC Condos Go Solar Thermal

WASHINGTON, DC:  Solar Energy Services, Inc. began work today on the installation of a solar water heating system at Webster House, a condominium complex in downtown Washington, DC.

The building houses 175 units on its 9 floors, and contracted with Skyline Innovations, a third party solar developer, to offset its large heating load with solar.  The building will be outfitted with 44 solar thermal collectors and a 3,111 gallon thermal storage tank.  The system promises to offset a huge portion of the building’s conventional water heating system.

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