Solarize Chatham

This 4 kW system was installed at the home of Catherine Bollinger and Tom Scheitlin through Solarize Chatham. Read more here. (Photo by Tom Scheitlin)

This 7.4 kW system was installed at the home of Catherine Bollinger and Tom Scheitlin as part of the Solarize Chatham program in 2014. Read more here. (Photo by Tom Scheitlin)

If you live in Chatham County and want to go solar, sign up for Solarize the Triangle between now and April 30, 2016.

NC WARN offered a Solarize Chatham program in 2014 and again in 2015. The 2014 program is the most successful Solarize program in the state to date. Read more below.

 

2015 Program

A total of 113 Chatham residents signed up for a free solar assessment. Seventeen signed contracts totaling 89 kW of new solar power, which means we reached pricing Tier 2.

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2014 Program

Our 2014 program ran from June 1 through July 31 and 460 Chatham County residents signed up for a free solar assessment. Sixty-four of those signed contracts to have solar installed on their rooftops. Those installations will result in 330 kW of new solar power generation, qualifying all Solarize Chatham participants for Tier 5, the highest level of discount pricing.

Hearing the Chatham Board of Commissioners’ resolution. L to R: Solarize volunteers Danielle DuClos, Laura Lauffer and Kai Bailey of Central Carolina Community College; Kathy Miller of Yes! Solar Solutions, Sally Robertson of NC WARN; and John Graybeal. Photo by Jerry Markatos.

Solarize Chatham is the most successful Solarize program in North Carolina to date, with more solar rooftops and more kilowatts than any of the other programs. On March 16, 2015, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution praising the Solarize Chatham program and encouraging the use of solar and other renewable energy. The resolution was proposed by John Graybeal, who installed solar on his own home during the program.

Read a November 12, 2014 Triangle Business Journal article about Solarize Chatham.

John Davis writes:

John Davis of Pittsboro writes: “I love my 5KW solar system! Since installing it, I have sent more electricity to the grid than than I have consumed. On a sunny day it generates enough power to charge my Nissan Leaf electric car, run my appliances and still send power to the grid. I love the idea of running my car on sunshine.”

Lyle Estill and Tami Schwerin's 4.5-kilowatt array in Moncure. The solar photovoltaic system installed during Solarize Chatham 2014 is on the left; a separate solar thermal system for heating hot water is to the right.

Lyle Estill and Tami Schwerin installed a 4.5-kilowatt photovoltaic array in Moncure during Solarize Chatham 2014. The 4 larger panels on the right-hand side of the roof are a separate solar thermal system for heating hot water.

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Before, during and after installation of 4 kilowatts at Sally and Richard Bird’s house in Pittsboro.

 

John Graybeal of Pittsboro writes: “We have been extremely pleased with our solar panels. For several months in the spring they reduced our electric bill to zero dollars. Last month when we used more air-conditioning, the bill was $25. Of course the solar panels weren’t exactly free, but their contribution to our monthly budget has been quite amazing.”

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