Solarize Programs

About Solarize

Solarize is heating up!

10544636-largeSince Solarize Portland launched in 2009, Solarize programs have been spreading across the country. Solarize is quickly becoming one of the most efficient ways for communities to go solar. This page is to help you navigate the programs and learn from the experience of your peers.

 

So, how does it work?

The Solarize approach allows groups of homeowners or businesses to work together to

A neighborhood coalition has launched Solarize Northeast, a project to simplify the solar installation process for Northeast Portland homeowners. (File photo/DJC) (Photo credit: DJC Oregon)

A neighborhood coalition has launched Solarize Northeast, a project to simplify the solar installation process for Northeast Portland homeowners. (File photo/DJC) (Photo credit: DJC Oregon)

collectively negotiate rates, competitively select an installer, and increase demand through a creative limited-time offer to join the campaign. Ultimately, as the number of residents who participate in the program increase, the cost of the installations will decrease. Additionally, residents benefit from increased political control and are able to make more informed decisions about selecting an installer. Installers also benefit from Solarize by saving on marketing and lead generation costs, therefore reducing the upfront costs of the installations for all involved. Solarize programs simplify solar processes, educate the public, reduce costs, alleviate stress, and promote a strong sense of community.

Solarize Programs

Are we missing a solarize program? Would you like to share more information about your solarize campaign with peer programs. Please let us know by emailing solar-usa@iclei.org.  

 

Interested in launching a Solarize initiative, but not sure where to start?

We can help. Email solar-usa@iclei.org for more information.

 

Additional Resources on Solarize Program Development and Implementation:

  • Clean Energy States Alliance’s Solarize Guide (September, 2014)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems (May, 2012)