5 Reasons for Fall and Winter Solar Installations

The season for solar does not end with the summer.  According to Headline Solar, while many people assume solar panels are only effective on long, sun-filled summer days, installing a solar energy system in the fall the winter can save homeowners money.  Jared McKenzie, CEO of Headline Solar, offers the following insights.

Improved Efficiency = More Power from Less Light.  The quality of solar panels continues to improve exponentially, meaning they can generate more power with every hour of daylight.  If the sun is out, even behind clouds, you’re generating power.  Germany has some of the highest usages of solar power on the planet, but they have long, dark winters.  Solar panels produced there are top quality and American homeowners can benefit from that.  Plus all electrical systems are more efficient in colder weather.

When Construction Season Slows, Prices Drop and Permitting Speeds Up.  As long as there is no snow on the roof, a good installer can get a solar system in place.  In fact, most workers prefer cooler temps compared to a rooftop in July.  Because overall home construction slows in the winter, most municipalities are able to process permits faster in the winter as well.  But the biggest benefit to homeowners is that most solar panel installers are less busy in the winter and willing to offer great deals.

Let It Snow…and Slide Right Off.  If your home and attic are well insulated, snow stays on your roof.  That’s a good thing.  But solar panels are not insulated and in fact generate some heat which means the snow slides right off.  And that’s a great thing.  For overly-eager solar power producers, there are snow rakes and brooms with long extensions that can be used to clear off panels right away and the panels are plenty durable.

Be Clark Griswold and Let Your Lights Shine.  Summer is certainly the peak electric-use season when air conditioners are running, but most homeowners still use a lot of power in the winter.  Shorter days mean you’ve got the lights on longer.  Colder weather means your’e inside longer and just want to Netflix and Chill. And if you’re that guy who cranks up the holiday lights from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, you can certainly cut your electric bill with solar panels in the winter.

Federal Solar Tax Credit End December 31.  This is absolutely the number one motivator for winter solar panel installation.  The federal government will credit 30 percent of the cost of your solar installation but that offer expires this year.  The installation doesn’t need to be done by the New Year’s Day, but the contract needs to be signed and a 5 percent deposit needs to be paid.  (Most homeowners finance the rest of install cost.)  This is often about $10,000 in savings, so it’s a fantastic Christmas gift to give to yourself.

Source: Headline Solar

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate