Solarize: A Grassroots Solar Revolution!
Making Rooftop Solar Power Easy and Affordable
Solarize is a highly successful model for expanding solar power on homes and businesses. It was pioneered in Portland, Oregon in 2009. The Solarize model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy, which has published A Solarize Guidebook to help communities start Solarize programs.
Solarize programs are usually sponsored by nonprofit organizations in partnership with one or more commercial solar installation companies. Learn more here about how Solarize programs work.
Solarize programs in North Carolina sponsored by NC WARN and others helped nearly 500 homes and businesses go solar between 2013 and 2016. To see a list of past Solarize programs in North Carolina, visit our Locations page. There are no current programs, but when new ones begin, we will post them on that page. Or email us to be put on a list to receive Solarize updates.
Tips for Going Solar
If there is no Solarize program in your area, don’t worry! It is still possible to go solar affordably. Just read our Tips for Going Solar and contact one of the vetted solar installers listed there. The installers will give you a free assessment and proposal.
If you decide to install solar, you will generate most of your own electricity and get credit for excess power that you send back to the grid. Power bill savings start the day the system is installed, locking in low-cost clean energy for 25 years or more.
We are dedicated to extending the benefits of solar energy to those in the community who would otherwise be unable to afford it. A small percentage of each NC WARN Solarize contract went into our Sharing Solar fund that was used to share solar savings with others. Read more here.
Solar for Faith Communities
In 2016, we worked with faith communities around the Triangle to make sure their members knew how they could go solar at home. Read more here and see a list of our faith partners.
It is more difficult for faith organizations themselves to install solar power because they are nonprofit and thus cannot take advantage of the 30% Federal tax credit.
Also, the upfront cost can be substantial, especially for a large building. No-money-down models that are used in other states are not available in North Carolina.
We are working to develop a model that will enable faith communities to install solar affordably. Learn more here.