Solarize Portland neighborhood projects around the city are installing solar electric (photovoltaic) panels at record rates. Thanks to volunteer-driven community efforts led by three Portland neighborhood coalition offices (northeast, southeast and southwest), renewable solar energy has become a reality for thousands of Portland homes. The combined neighborhood projects expect to install enough panels to generate nearly 1 megawatt of power. Portland really is sunny enough for solar!
Solarize Portland neighborhood projects helps neighbors decide who to hire, what to budget, and where to start. Interested neighbors come together to choose a contractor, purchase and install solar as a community, and save significant costs as a result of bulk purchasing of solar electric panels.
When communities run their own volume purchasing programs, they reduce costs associated with a traditional solar installation. Job grouping, a defined project timeline and community-led marketing can contribute to an additional 15-20 percent savings. This, coupled with Oregon’s already attractive tax credits and cash incentives, can reduce the cost of a solar electric installation by approximately 90 percent.
Northwest and North Portland neighborhood groups considering Solarize projects in northwest and north Portland, there are two neighborhood groups who are gauging interest in future Solarize Neighborhood Projects: Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition (www.nwnw.org) and North Portland Neighborhood Services (www.npnscommunity.org). If you live in one of these neighborhoods and would like to encourage these groups to move forward with a Solarize Neighborhood project, here’s how to show your interest:
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the North Portland Facebook page
Don’t live in a Solarize Portland neighborhood?
If you don’t live in a Solarize Portland neighborhood or have missed the deadline for your neighborhood project, you can still install solar at competitive prices. The cost of photovoltaics has never been better, and Oregon has some of the best tax credits and cash incentives nationwide. To learn more about a home solar installation outside of a Solarize Neighborhood Project, visit http://energytrust.org/library/find-a-contractor to find qualified solar contractors through our program partner, Energy Trust of Oregon.