Solarize: A Grassroots Solar Revolution!
Making Rooftop Solar Power
Cheaper and Easier Than Ever
Climate and energy nonprofit NC WARN has adapted a highly successful program to expand solar power on homes and businesses in North Carolina. Our first program, in 2014, was Solarize Durham, followed by Solarize Chatham.
Earlier this year, we completed a 3-month signup period for Solarize Triad in partnership with Clean Energy For Us. Solarize Triad registrants received not only free solar assessments but also free energy efficiency audits.
Other organizations are “solarizing” other regions of the state.
Solarize helps homeowners generate most of their own electricity and get credit at the retail rate for excess power that they send back to their utility company. Power bill savings start the day the system is installed, locking in low-cost clean energy for 25 years or more.
Through bulk purchasing and neighbor-to-neighbor outreach, Solarize North Carolina cuts pricing even below retail solar prices that have already fallen by 80% in the last five years. The more customers participate, the lower the price.
Solarize North Carolina uses high-quality equipment chosen with technical support from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center and installed by some of North Carolina’s leading solar companies.
The Solarize model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Solarize North Carolina is also pioneering a way to make solar power accessible to low-income homeowners. Your participation helps share solar savings with others!