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. 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 >>

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anchorage Solar has been selected as the installer for this round of the Solarize Anchorage Campaign. They received outstanding reviews and recommendations from ML&P and references and have offered competitive tiered pricing for Solarize Anchorage participants.

The prices that Anchorage Solar will offer for Solarize Anchorage are listed below. We have estimated that most residences in Airport Heights will have the most cost efficient installation in the 2-5kw Tier. Solarize Anchorage participants will receive an additional price break for panels if the total amount installed for the entire campaign is greater than 18kW. (So, spread the word and tell your neighbors!)

Prices for Solarize Anchorage Project–Airport Heights

Total Installed Neighborhood Capacity of 0-18 kW

Tier 1

less than 2 kw
price per watt : $3.60

Tier 2

2-5 kw
price per watt : $3.25

Tier 3

5-8 kw
price per watt : $3.15

Price Break for Total Installed Neighborhood Capacity More Than 18 kW

Tier 1

less than 2 kw
price per watt : $3.50

Tier 2

2-3 kw
price per watt : $3.35

Tier 3

3-5 kw
price per watt : $3.10

Tier 4

5-8 kw
price per watt : $2.95

Join us at our workshops to meet the installer and learn about the pricing and panel technology options that will be used in Solarize Anchorage.

Do you live in Airport Heights and are already interested in participating? Anchorage Solar is ready to schedule free site assessments with interested participants. Please fill out this google form and Anchorage Solar will contact you shortly. A site assessment does not obligate further participation.

To learn more about Anchorage Solar you can visit www.anchoragesolar.net.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Participant 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.

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.