Greater Bangor Solarize is a solar photovoltaic (PV) group purchasing program that works to lower installation costs and provide a cost-effective way for communities to increase the number of residential and small business solar installations.
Across the country, Solarize campaigns have been introduced at the neighborhood, municipal, county, and regional level, creating jobs, lowering energy bills, and decreasing carbon footprints. Solarize campaigns have taken place in Freeport, central Maine, mid-coast Maine, and on Mt. Desert Island.
At its core, Solarize is a community-focused marketing campaign that includes:
- Tiered discount pricing. Pre-negotiated group buying discounts increase as more people sign up, i.e., the more people go solar, the lower the price for everyone who participates.
- A pre-selected installer(s). The project selects an installer (or group of installers) to service the participants through the duration of the Solarize campaign. This reduces the installers’ marketing costs and spares the consumer from having to shop around for a reputable, price-competitive installer.
- Informational materials and events. The project provides opportunities to learn about how solar PV and the Solarize project work.
Greater Bangor Solarize Partners:
There is an incentive to purchase in 2017 due to upcoming changes to net metering and a significant cost decrease that occurred last year due to an unexpected drop in solar module prices. As a result, pricing in 2017 is lower than 2016 and buyers will be grandfathered for 15 years under Maine's current net metering rules, which give them a credit for all excess electricity produced.
If you are a home or business owner within a 10 mile radius of Bangor and would like more information and/or would like to participate, please fill out our response form HERE.
City of Bangor & Eastern Maine Development Corporation
Greater Bangor Solarize Advisory Committee:
Daniel Dixon, Sustainability Director, University of Maine
Sharon Klein, Economics Department, University of Maine
Karen Marysdaughter, Solar owner & GBS Coordinator
Rick Reardon, Electrical & Automation Department Chair, Eastern Maine Community College
Tom Stone, Husson University Sciences & Humanities Department & Sustainability Committee Chair
Jeff Whalen, Eastern Maine Development Corporation
Greater Bangor Solarize, 96 Harlow St, Suite 100, Bangor, ME 04401
Join Greater Bangor Solarize for a:
Solar Open House!
Thursday, June 29, 5:30 to 7:00pm
71 Seventeenth St, Bangor
Solar is taking off in the Bangor area –
it is local, renewable, and more affordable than ever!
The Greater Bangor Solarize Open House is an opportunity to see a local home’s solar electric system and heat pump. Join us for some snacks and discussion about solar, heat pumps, and the benefits of participating in Greater Bangor Solarize, a bulk purchasing program that reduces solar costs for participants.
Want more info? Interested in a site evaluation? firstname.lastname@example.org
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