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Solarize the Triangle to Launch Group-Purchase Program

Monday, Aug. 1, 2022
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The Triangle Sustainability Partnership is providing an opportunity for solar energy system installation on buildings in Orange County at a group-purchase rate.

Savings on solar energy and battery power installations at your home, business or non-profit organization will be gained through combined purchasing with others in the Triangle in addition to the savings provided through federal tax credits.

“The path to clean energy future is not mysterious — we know what we need to do and programs like Solarize the Triangle play such an important role,” Mayor Jenn Weaver said. “As we press for solar energy to become more affordable to all income levels, group purchasing efforts like Solarize make going solar more attainable for more people.”

Drop in between 6 and 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, to learn more about the program. The Aug. 10 launch will feature:

  • Representatives from the newly formed local government partnership that developed and supports Solarize the Triangle.
  • Experts in solar energy from Yes Solar Solutions, the selected local installation company chosen through competitive bidding.
  • Live music and painting by Little Red Birds. A portion of proceeds from the evening’s event art-auction sales will be dedicated to supporting solar energy for qualified low-income families.
  • Details about the benefits of solar energy and battery storage.
  • Enrollment for a free solar-energy assessment through Solarize the Triangle.

Solarize the Triangle is a community-based group-purchasing program for solar energy, battery storage and other clean-energy technologies. The initiative is designed to help residents, businesses and nonprofits to become more resilient, reduce energy expenses, and save on the cost of renewable-energy systems by obtaining volume discounts on materials and installation services.

Solarize campaigns are driven by community group purchasing. Based on a tiered “bulk” purchasing concept, the more local residents and business owners who contract for their solar installations through the program, the more savings accrue to all participating property owners.

In addition to Hillsborough and Orange County, other participating Triangle communities include Chatham and Durham Counties; the cities of Durham and Raleigh; and the towns of Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill and Morrisville. The Triangle J Council of Governments and Solar CrowdSource are facilitating the launch of Solarize the Triangle.

Installer Selection

Solarize the Triangle's organizers chose Cary-based Yes Solar Solutions. The organizers used detailed criteria to carefully choose a qualified firm to ensure best-in-class materials will be installed by qualified solar professionals for the lowest price through volume purchasing.

“Yes Solar Solutions is thrilled to have been chosen as the installation partner to bring solar to local communities with a unique grassroots concept supported by 11 different NC jurisdictions,” Co-founder and President Stew Miller said. “Our experience working with nonprofits to bring similar Solarize programs to local communities gives us a deep respect and familiarity with the concept and results of Solarize. The goal is to bring high-quality solar to as many people as possible at a fair and transparent price. It’s exciting that the more people who sign up the more everyone’s price goes down.”

Following the community celebration on Aug. 10, Solarize the Triangle organizers will offer a series of clean-energy education and outreach events with a goal of increasing participation through a better understanding of rooftop solar components, suitability assessment considerations, and contract provisions.

All solar and battery installations are expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2023.

Solarize the Triangle is accepting advance registrations for the upcoming campaign. Interested residents may go to solarizethetriangle.com to learn more about the program and sign up for a free evaluation.