Bringing low cost solar panels to your neighborhood

Solarize Anchorage is a joint effort between the Alaska Center and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska to make residential and small commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems more accessible and affordable for homeowners and commercial property owners in the Anchorage Municipality.

Solarize Anchorage brings neighbors together to purchase solar panels as a group to receive discounted rates on panels and installation. It will provide home and business owners less expensive panels by pairing group discount rates with available state and federal incentives.

The Solarize program has been widely used in the lower 48. It allows neighbors in specific geographic areas to organize for the collective purchase of solar installation. Check out the NREL guidebook if you are interested in learning more about the Solarize concept >>

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Opportunity Summary

Solarize Anchorage is seeking proposals from qualified firms willing to provide for group purchase of photovoltaic (PV) system installation in conjunction with the Solarize Anchorage Round Two campaign. The goal of Solarize Anchorage is to accelerate solar PV energy education and installations in Anchorage through group purchasing and a competitive bidding process. For this second round of Solarize Anchorage, participant eligibility is targeted to residents within the geographic area represented by the community councils which apply to participate in the program.

Firms should fill out this form to download the RFP

The intent of this RFP is to select one or more firms to provide recruitment, system design and installation services, and ongoing customer service for eligible participants in the selected neighborhoods who are selected to participate in this round of Solarize Anchorage.  

If necessary, the Solarize Anchorage team will provide additional information about this RFP in a conference call before the submission deadline.  The date will be publicized to interested parties and available on the Solarize Anchorage website. Questions can be submitted to Kristen via email kristen@akcenter.org, with “RFP Question” in the subject line. Please check online for any addenda to the RFP and for updates prior to completing and submitting a bid.

Instructions

Firms should submit a separate bid for each individual neighborhood for which they are interested. If a firm wishes to bid on more than one neighborhood, please provide an execution plan and timeline for completing installations in more than one neighborhood.

Campaign Timeline (Subject to Change)

  • RFP Publicly Announced- 11/19/2018
  • Final RFP Questions are Due in Writing- 12/07/2018
  • Proposals Due- 01/04/2019
  • Firms Notified of Interviews (if necessary)- 01/14-18/2019
  • Interviews- 01/21-25/2019
  • Firm(s) Selection and/or Further Negotiation- Week of 01/28/2019
  • Community Workshop #1- TBD February 2019
  • Community Workshop #2- TBD March 2019
  • End of Solarize campaign, customer signup deadline- TBD March/April 2019
  • Solarize Contract Expiration, deadline for installations-  TBD Summer 2019
Learn More About Phase 1 Completion!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Participant Questions

Does this campaign apply to Homeowners Associations?
The program is meant to benefit individual homeowners.

Can I participate if I live in a condo or duplex?
If you own your residence, including rights to the roof, this may be a possibility. Please check ownership and construction permissions.

Contractor Questions

Can more than one installer participate?
Yes, especially in instances where there is overwhelming demand for installations.

What if someone wants to purchase their panels through Solarize but wants to select their own installer?
The goal of the Solarize program is to help both residents and installers by negotiating that relationship. Costs are driven down for consumers, and selected contractors get a guarantee of business. Buying panels and choosing a different installer would only be possible if the installer(s) selected through the Solarize program present that as an option.

Will your neighborhood be next?

Contact kristen@akcenter.org and our team will help you design a campaign plan and start organizing your neighbors.