Solarize: A Grassroots Solar Revolution!

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Thanks to everyone who signed up for a free solar assessment with Solarize the Triangle. The signup deadline was April 30 and 379 Triangle residents signed up.

If you missed the deadline, don’t worry! It is still possible to go solar affordably, even without the Solarize program. Just contact one of our vetted solar installers and they will give you all the information you need. You can also read our Tips for Going Solar.

Solarize is a grassroots program to help homeowners and businesses go solar more easily. It is based on a model developed in Portland, Oregon in 2009. Solarize the Triangle 2016 was sponsored by two local nonprofits: NC WARN and NextClimate. Those groups and others have installed over 2.5 megawatts of clean, sustainable solar power around North Carolina since 2013 (details here).

More information on Solarize the Triangle 2016


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Info for Homeowners’ Associations

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Outreach through Faith Communities

We worked with faith communities around the Triangle to make sure their members knew about Solarize. Read more here and see a list of our faith partners. If your faith group or other organization would like to be involved in future efforts to promote solar energy in North Carolina, let us know.

Sharing Solar

We are dedicated to extending the benefits of solar energy to those in the community who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Your participation in Solarize helps share solar savings with others!

If 30 or more Solarize the Triangle participants sign contracts to install solar, we will donate a small solar system to a nonprofit that serves low-income communities. If 60 contracts are signed, we’ll donate 2 systems and the second place team will help choose, and so on.

Read about past donations on NC WARN’s Sharing Solar page and on the NextClimate website.

What is Solarize and how does it work?

Solarize is a highly successful model for expanding solar power on homes and businesses. It was pioneered in Portland, Oregon in 2009 and has been spreading across North Carolina since 2013. 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. Two of North Carolina’s most successful Solarize sponsors — NC WARN and NextClimate — teamed up to offer Solarize the Triangle in 2016.

Through bulk purchasing and neighbor-to-neighbor outreach, Solarize cuts pricing even below retail solar prices that have  fallen 80% in the last five years. The more customers participate, the lower the price.

Solarize programs are offered for specific geographic areas and a limited time period. 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.

If you sign up for a Solarize program, we will first check to make sure your building is suitable for solar. If it is, an installer will give you a proposal for a solar system suitable for your needs. If you choose to sign an installation contract, your price will drop as more Solarize participants decide to install solar. Your installer will handle all permits and inspections. Once your system is operating, you will be generating most of your own electricity and getting 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.