Solar, for Low Electricity Homes
New Yorkers are highly energy efficient relative to the national average. And particularly for homeowners who rent one or more floors to tenants – a common arrangement for Brooklyn townhome owners – monthly ConEd bills can be quite manageable.
As a result, compared to their suburban counterparts, many local solar seekers require relatively small systems to meet their needs. However, for most solar companies small-scale installations like these are unappealing and not worth the effort.
But at BSW we see opportunity where others see inconvenience. We have made serving low energy customers a core part of our business and regularly realize projects deemed too small to install by our competitors.
Solar incentives and sky high electricity rates make NYC one of the best solar markets in the country. Rebates and tax credits can cover up to 70% or more of gross costs for most projects.
For full details scroll over the different incentives.
Federal Solar Income Tax Credit
30% of solar system costs can be claimed as a credit on your federal income taxes.
The credits can be divided over multiple tax years if a client is unable to fully utilize it in a single year.
This credit will decline to 26% on January 1, 2020, 22% in 2021, and then terminate in 2022.
Your Out-of-Pocket Cost
Up to 70% Covered
NYC Solar Property Tax Abatement
20% of solar system costs can be claimed as a local property tax abatement with the NYC Department of Finance. The abatement is divided into annual 5% installments over a four year cycle. The NYC PTA is set to expire on December 31, 2020.
NYS Solar Income Tax Credit
Residential solar owners can claim a $5000 tax credit on their New York State income taxes. The credit can be divided over multiple tax years if a client is unable to fully utilize it in a single year.
NYS Solar Rebate
New York State residential solar projects receive a rebate that reduces their upfront contract price. The rebate declines over time based on the amount of solar installed in different regions of the state. For residential projects in New York City, the state rebate is currently $.30 per Watt of solar installed which reduces out of pocket costs by roughly 5%.
Avg. 5.4% (Zillow.com)
All BSW solar systems come with an industry leading 30-year umbrella warranty that covers all aspects of the installation. This is an addition to the comprehensive 25-year panel warranty offered by LG on all panels.
The SMA Sunny Boy inverter, an industry leading product and BSW’s go to inverter, is covered by a 30-year extended warranty.
In addition to the 30-year warranty offered by SolarInsure, BSW offers a 10 year warranty on all materials and services performed, including roof penetrations. Any necessary repairs required during that period will be promptly performed at BSW’s expense.
BSW guarantees that solar systems will produce at least 95% of the projected estimates that are included in your contract during the first 10 years of the system’s operating life. If annual system production falls below this guarantee BSW provides cash compensation for underperformance. This is offered by BSW in addition to LG’s power production guarantee.
All BSW installed systems automatically report performance data every few minutes to our monitoring staff, who will be notified of any irregularities. The monitoring team actively reviews system performance data monthly to ensure the system is producing as designed. All customers can also track performance data themselves on their computer or tablet via their individual monitoring portal.
Average project completion time from contract signing: 2-3 Months
Scroll over project steps for full details.
Assessment & Proposal
Inspection & Meter Swap
Assessment & Proposal
BSW survey specialist completes 1-hour home assessment; You review project proposal with BSW solar consultant, and discuss tax credit eligibility with your accountant
You choose solar system size, sign contract, pay $3,000 down payment; BSW drafts project plan set and completes professional engineering review.
BSW submits stamped plan set and building and electrical permit application to NYC Department of Buildings; awaits approval.
You schedule convenient day/time & pay remaining installation fee; BSW orders equipment, installs solar system at your home.
Inspection & Meter Swap
BSW schedules ConEd meter swap and DOB electrical and building inspections; You provide access for swap and inspections (1 hour each).
BSW supplies state and federal tax forms; You claim our solar tax credits (& repay bridge loan if needed)
“Brooklyn Solar Works is a company that has that rare combination of thorough, knowledgeable professionalism and laid-back ease-to-work-with culture. Moreover, they deliver on their promises. The installation was clean and professional and accomplished in one day. Their follow up was meticulous. A pleasure to work with.”
“BSW just installed solar panels on my rowhouse in Windsor Terrace. Throughout the process of scoping and building the system, the company was spot on. A large crew - courteous and efficient - completed all the work in less than a day. Workmanship was excellent. There were no hidden extras...Everything was competent and honest. The company lays out initial cost, existing tax rebates and calculates anticipated cost recovery. Actually almost looking forward to summer!”
“These guys were g-r-e-a-t! From the first scouts who discussed the project with us to the electrician and the roofer, to the installers everything went well. We had 15 panels placed on a brownstone roof in a landmarked area without a hitch. They were not only a good team who worked efficiently together and neatly but they recognized that their work is important for our ecological health.”
“I had such a good experience with every man and woman I dealt with at Brooklyn SolarWorks. I have just been reading the other reviews, and everything they say is true. . . Great bunch of dedicated, hard-working, knowledgeable and just plain nice people.”
Anatomy of a Solar System
Residential solar systems are surprisingly simple, consisting of only a few main components located on the roof and in the basement. BSW’s experienced installation team can complete a typical project in just one day with minimal disruption to your home and routine.