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Malta businessman recognized as top solar installer

NYSERDA gives award to Terry Moag of The Radiant Store

Solar panels installed on a roof, making the most of the rays.

Solar panels installed on a roof, making the most of the rays.

— Moag also does energy audits for homes and businesses and can inform those customers about what can be done to reduce energy costs. He credits NYSERDA with being great to work with.

There are different types of solar applications, but the most common are PV, or photovoltaic, and account for a majority of the installations done by The Radiant Store. PV systems generate electricity by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity.

“There has been an increase in PV installations since prices for them came down and are now more affordable. The number of installers has also grown,” said Dayle Zatlin, assistant director of communications for NYSERDA.

Costs vary according to the size of the system and the electricity usage of the home, but an average cost for a homeowner to install a 4-kilowatt solar electric system is around $24,000, Zatlin estimates.

“After factoring in assistance from the NYSERDA program as wella s federal and state tax credits, the cost for the homeowner would come down to around $9,000,” she said.

The Solar Thermal Program has a bankroll of $25 million. There is a cap of $4,000 in aid for residential sites and $25,000 for non-residential sites.

Installations that are oriented to be south facing are the most successful and can offset about 4,600 kWh per year. This could add up to 70 to 80 percent of a home’s electricity needs. Warming swimming pool water temperatures and cooking applications are also ways that solar has been used.

“Statewide, solar installations of PV Applications in 2011 were 713 residential, 505 commercial, and 110 nonprofit. The grand total is 1,328 installations,” said Zatlin.

The top counties for installing solar projects in 2011 were Erie, Dutchess, Queens and Westchester.

Applications for the NYSERDA program will continue to beaccepted through 2015. For more information on the program, contact NYSERDA.

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