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

Phase II of Solarize Anchorage is looking for interested neighborhoods to participate.

The Alaska Center and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska established the Solarize Anchorage program in 2018. A pilot campaign was conducted in the Airport Heights neighborhood and found great success, with over 30 homeowners signing contracts for solar PV installations. Based on this initial success and demand from other neighborhoods in Anchorage, the Solarize Anchorage organizers will be expanding the campaign to include additional neighborhoods in 2019.

Interested neighborhoods are invited to submit this form of interest addressing the following criteria necessary for a successful Solarize campaign.

  • Gather 50 signatures from residents in your neighborhood who are interested in a Solarize campaign. Neighborhoods are defined as community council boundary areas. Please send the signatures as an attachment to kristen@akcenter.org. The signatures should include name, email, address, and phone numbers.
  • Explain how your neighborhood will publicize this opportunity and make sure residents and homeowners know the program is happening in your area.
  • List supportive businesses or community spaces in your area that would allow for public meetings and presentations.
  • List at least two campaign liaisons for your neighborhood. These community members will be responsible for connecting the community to the campaign, serving on the installer interview committee, and supporting the campaign action items.

Please submit the listed items to kristen@akcenter.org by November 9.

Planning for the 2019 phase of Solarize Anchorage will begin in the fall of 2018 and continue with installations in the summer of 2019.
The Alaska Center will hold a presentation late October that will review the 2018 campaign and explain how to participate in Phase II. If you are interested in attending, please contact kristen@akcenter.org as soon as possible.  

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.