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 >>

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Participant Questions
ANNOUNCEMENTS

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Solarize Anchorage Campaign is able to continue safely through virtual education and engagement with homeowners and the participating solar installers: Anchorage Solar and Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV).

All workshops in March and April will be virtual through webinars. You can find the links and information to these webinars on your community’s tab below.

If you decide the time is right for you to invest in solar, you can sign up for a free site-assessment from the installers. The site visits can be done with a visit to the outside of your home and by telephone to adhere to the CDC’s social-distancing guidance. The utility and permit application process occurs entirely online. The installation for the vast majority of our installs involve outside work only.

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)
COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE ALREADY SOLARIZED
  • Solarize Airport Heights 2018 – Installations: 33 homes
  • Solarize South Addition 2019 – Installations: 48 homes
  • Solarize Rogers Park 2019 – Installations: 36 homes
  • Solarize Turnagain 2019 – Installations: 74 homes
  • Solarize Spenard 2019 – Installations: 5 homes

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