Bringing low cost solar panels to your neighborhood
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. This initial round of the Solarize Anchorage campaign will assist the Airport Heights Community in selecting solar PV installers through a competitive bidding process.
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 is seeking proposals from qualified firms willing to provide for group purchase of solar photovoltaic (PV) system installation in conjunction with the Solarize Anchorage Airport Heights 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 first round of Solarize Anchorage, participant eligibility is targeted to residents and businesses within the geographic area represented by the Airport Heights Community Council.
The intent of this RFP is to select one firm to provide recruitment, system design and installation services, and ongoing customer service for eligible participants in the Airport Heights Neighborhood of Anchorage who wish to participate in this round of Solarize Anchorage. Solarize Anchorage reserves the right to choose a second firm in the event of overwhelming demand.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can I participate if I don’t live in Airport Heights?
The Solarize concept is designed to include geographic limitations for each phase of the campaign. Our pilot project in Alaska will begin in Airport Heights. A small pilot project is important for the success of the campaign in Alaska and will determine any repetition of the campaign in other areas.
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.
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.
More Questions and Concerns
This is not a requirement but rather a component of each respondent’s bid that will be taken into account when scoring applications.
The project timeline is posted on page 3 of the RFP.
Proposing firms must be licensed, bonded and insured.
Proposing firms must maintain workers’ compensation and employer’s liability insurance as required under Alaska state law.
Be compliant with all applicable OSHA requirements.
The proposer shall have a contractor’s license and ideally be NABCEP certified. Electrical work shall be performed under the supervision of a licensed electrical administrator as required by state and local codes.
Will your neighborhood be next?
Contact email@example.com and our team will help you design a campaign plan and start organizing your neighbors.