About Green Hill Solar
Green Hill Solar was created as a sister company to Beck Builders of Virginia to bring cost effective alternative energy solutions to homes and businesses in the Shenandoah Valley. Beck Builders pays careful attention to energy efficiency and sustainability in new and existing homes and buildings. We installed our first Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system on the Leaman Carbon Neutral Home in 2017. Following that installation we have constructed numerous solar panel systems on new and existing homes and commercial projects. We are convinced that solar energy in the form of electricity generation makes economic and environmental sense for most homeowners or businesses.
"Both of us have roots in social justice,” Lantz-Trissel said, referring to Green Hill owner Eric Beck. “For the most part, it’s been tough to make inroads on the belief that solar is for people of means. This is a great opportunity and a niche to fit our mission."
- Environmental - The installation of solar panels offsets the production of electricity from CO2 producing generation such as coal and natural gas. It is a clean energy that comes from converting the energy from the sun into electricity. In our current environmental conditions, it is clear that our world wide appetite for energy generation must become cleaner and less harmful to the environment.
- Economic/Financial - Solar makes financial sense! For home owners and business owners in Virginia, a 26% federal tax credit exists to help offset the cost of materials and installation of a Solar system. For business owners, additional depreciation benefits on the system exist depending on one’s tax liability, which additionally, decreases the payback time frame and improves the overall return on investment. Financial evaluation of a system usually includes the length of time it takes for a system to generate enough electricity to pay for itself. The second is a return on investment (ROI). The ROI is calculated as an investment that matures over the warrantied life of most panels, 25 years.
As a Class A Building General Contractor and Licensed Alternative Energy Specialist in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we believe that we have a unique perspective and ability that blends alternative energy generation into a deep understanding of home and building systems. Any repairs, such as new roofing, can be seamlessly blended into a solar project.
Interested? Contact us for a free estimate.
If interested in a system, we provide free initial cost estimates and payback time-frames to determine if a Solar Panel System makes sense for you. Further electricity production estimates and financial projections will be offered with a proposal following a site visit to your specific location. We make our designs based on careful analysis of orientation, size of space available for the solar panels, current roof conditions (if a roof mount), using current design software and financial modeling based on historical trends in electricity costs.
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Who are we?
Eric Beck, President and Owner, Beck Builders of Virginia and Green Hill Solar
Eric has been in the building and construction trade for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in custom new home construction, remodeling, solar, and energy-efficient/green building. He enjoys building and the relationships with customers, and the opportunity to use his skills in custom carpentry. He has been passionate about also providing affordable and sustainable housing, developing homes and neighborhoods that build community and sustain our environment. He was instrumental in building one of the first "Earth Craft" certified homes in the Shenandoah Valley, and has now built more than 50 Earth Craft homes in the Valley. In 2014, Eric became certified as a Passive House Institute Builder, and in 2018 as a Licensed Alternative Energy Specialist. Eric is bilingual in Spanish.
Jonathan Lantz Trissel, Project Manager & System Designer; Green Hill Solar
Jonathan helped start a community solar co-op in Harrisonburg, VA before joining Green Hill Solar as Project Manager and System Designer. Jonathan also worked for 12 years at Eastern Mennonite University managing recycling and campus sustainability and as the Director of the Office of Sustainability. When he isn't building or installing solar, Jonathan likes to bake sourdough bread, ride his road bike, work on his small farm, or get outdoors with his family.
logo design by Asha Landes Beck 2018
web design by Susan Landes Beck, 2018
web design by Susan Landes Beck, 2018