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UPCOMING WEBINAR (8/26): How to Develop a Solarize Campaign

This webinar will serve as a resource for communities that are interested in developing Solarize campaigns. How do you get a community-led Solarize campaign off the ground? When neighbors help, neighbors go solar a powerful network effect can take hold and expand solar more rapidly. With a community-led Solarize (or “solar co-op”) effort, community members help to launch the effort, to grow the group, and to select the installer. Hear from Solar United Neighbors (SUN) on how Solarize can also work for storage to expand distributed generation, increase resilience, and keep more economic value in the community. We will explore how to encourage low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities to participate. The Solarize Philly team, led by the Philadelphia Energy Authority will discuss how they took the traditional solar group buy model and modified it to enable participation by LMI customers. The webinar will also feature two cases studies; Anchorage, Alaska and Indiana. Now in year two, Solarize Anchorage brings together academic, non-profit and community partners to lower the barriers to installing solar in neighborhoods around town. Hear how this community went from 33 systems installed to over 130 rooftop solar installations in a year. One of our Solsmart Advisors will discuss her involvement with Solarize Indiana. She will present her local team’s efforts in northern Indiana. We will also hear about how the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) coordinated with volunteers and municipalities to develop and host Solarize workshops in 2017 and 2019, driven by volunteer decision-makers with municipalities supporting outreach and serving as guest speakers.

Related Criteria

  • CE-4a: Support or host a community-wide group purchase program (e.g., Solarize). Program must have occurred within the last 5 years.
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