Whether you're talking cereal or solar power, it's smart to buy in bulk! Participating in a volume discount solar purchase program or a shared solar program can help you save money on the upfront cost of solar power. Utah Clean Energy's Community Solar campaigns are modeled after a 2009 program called Solarize, where a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon teamed up to go solar together and created a bulk-purchase campaign. Since then, communities around the country have adapted the Community Solar model to find ways to drastically reduce the cost and complexity of solar.
Volume Discount or Bulk-Purchase Programs:
Community bulk-purchase programs help homeowners come together and tackle the solar process as a team, realizing great cost savings through bulk purchasing power. Homeowners can negotiate a volume discount from solar contractors and streamline the installation process to guide neighbors through the complexities of going solar. Utah Clean Energy has administered six Community Solar programs including Salt Lake Community Solar, Summit Community Solar, Susie Hulet Community Solar, Mountain Town Community Solar, and two rounds of U Community Solar.
Community Solar initiatives in Utah have helped nearly 650 Utahns access rooftop solar for their homes. Collectively, participants have installed 3 megawatts of solar energy. That's enough solar to prevent nearly 200 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over 25 years, and the average homeowner can expect to save over $20,000 on their utility bills.
Utah Clean Energy is pleased to announce the launch of two new Community Solar Programs in 2016!
Summit and Wasatch Counties are giving new meaning to the phrase power in numbers. Community volunteers have come together with non-profit organizations Summit Community Power Works and Utah Clean Energy to launch Mountain Town Community Solar - a program to help residents tackle the solar process as a team, realize cost savings through bulk purchasing power, and energize their communities with clean energy. Learn more here
Back by popular demand, the University of Utah is once again partnering with Utah Clean Energy to bring members of the campus community in Salt Lake, Summit, and Davis Counties the opportunity to go solar. Members of the University of Utah campus community (including alumni, faculty, staff, students, and campus guests) are eligible for a substantial discount on the cost of rooftop solar and a streamlined, simplified solar installation process. Learn more here
To find community solar programs in your area, or to find resources to that will help you start your own, visit www.mycommunitysolar.org, a community solar resource for Utah.