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 >>

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Opportunity Summary

We have expanded the program to include more neighborhoods for the 2019 solar installation season! Spenard, Turnagain, Rogers Park, and South Addition will all be participating in a Solarize program.

These neighborhoods have selected their preferred installers for their program and are hosting free educational workshops for interested participants.

More information coming soon for these neighborhoods:

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.