SOLARIZE ANCHORAGE

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 >>

Solarize Anchorage 2020 Announcements

Solarize Anchorage communities confirmed for 2020

Four new communities in Anchorage have initiated the Solarize Anchorage process for 2020 and are conducting outreach to their neighbors about the opportunity to participate.

  • Bayshore/Klatt
  • Abbott Loop
  • Rabbit Creek
  • Tudor and University Area (combined for a larger program)

If you live in any of these communities and would like to volunteer or subscribe to the list-serv to receive updates on the program, please email kristen@akcenter.org

Seeking proposals for 2020

Solarize Anchorage is seeking proposals from qualified firms willing to provide for group purchase of photovoltaic (PV) system installation in conjunction with the 2019 Solarize Anchorage 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 third 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.

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 neighborhoods participating in this round of Solarize Anchorage.

Please fill out this form to download the RFP.

Please email any questions to kristen@akcenter.org with “RFP Question” in the subject line.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Participant Questions

Does the Solarize Anchorage program apply to Homeowners Associations?
The program is meant to benefit individual homeowners.

Can I participate in the Solarize Anchorage program 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 Anchorage 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.