Solarize Archuleta was initiated based on the success of Solarize La Plata in 2014, with requests by residents in Archuleta County for 4CORE to facilitate a similar campaign in La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) District 1 territory.
The Solarize model capitalizes on the power of a community-wide effort to motivate residents by offering savings through a limited-time opportunity and remove common market barriers. The time-limited offer provides a simple process and package solutions for homeowners who would like to go solar but were not able to previously afford the costs or were intimidated by the process.
4CORE initiated the process with a community presentation on April 16, 2015 in Pagosa Springs to gauge interest by residents for a solarize campaign and the commitment to increase the number of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Archuleta County.
- Engaged: Over 123 people interested in solar
- Interested signed up: 115 people
- Contracts: 30
- Installations Complete: 13
- Currently producing: 256,230 kWh of electricity per year
- $30,747 of electricity bill savings
- .041 metric tons of carbon dioxide saved per year
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What is a Solarize Campaign?
The Department of Energy (DOE) Solarize campaign is a grassroots effort
to increase the number of solar electric (PV) installations in a focused neighborhood or community.
Using community volunteers, active local government and a local non-profit as the Project Manager, the program capitalizes on the purchasing power of a community and motivates the residents by offering significant savings through a limited-time bulk purchase opportunity
that also removes other common market barriers.
in other communities have shown a 20 - 40% discount on solar installations for participants. In addition, it would provide jobs and spur the market for ongoing growth
in the local solar industry.
Funding efforts during this first Solarize campaign could help create a sustainable funding source for future Solarize campaigns in other communities such as Bayfield or Cortez.
Common Solarize Campaign Steps
: Develop Partnerships and Initiate Planing (Months 1-3)
: Build Database and Customer Interface (Months 1-3)
: Volunteer Recruitment (Months 1-2)
: Request for Proposal (RFP) Process (Months 2-3)
: Outreach and Education (Months 4-6)
: Customer Enrollment (Months 4-6)
: Site Assessments by Solar Installer(s) (Months 4-6)
: Solar Installations! (Months 5-9)
: Celebrate and Reflect (Month 9)