Making it easier and less expensive to go solar in Fairbanks!
Fairbanks Solarize+ is a volunteer effort with support from Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Information Insights, Native Movement, The Alaska Center, and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
We are a group of residents and organizations that want to reduce energy costs for FNSB residents and businesses, increase installed solar PV capacity and energy efficient technology, and provide a way for FNSB residents to transition (even just partially) to clean energy. We are all working to build a cleaner, less expensive, and more resilient energy future for the Fairbanks area.
The campaign is about making it easier and less expensive to go solar in the Fairbanks North Star Borough! This means putting solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on building rooftops – homes, fire stations, stores, churches, community centers, gas stations, and more. We’ll also help with simple changes in your home or building that can reduce electricity usage. There’s no reason to pay for a larger, more expensive solar PV system if you can reduce your energy use now.
If you are interested in solarizing your area or want to see if someone has already started, email Jamie at email@example.com.
Solarize+ Fairbanks Informational Workshop
The first ever Solarize+ workshop was a success! Over 100 community members attended, and we had many inquiries about starting to solarize neighborhoods across Fairbanks.
If you missed the workshop but are interested in the Solarize+ campaign contact Jamie Hansen at Information Insights, firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-799-5628
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How does it work?
Fairbanks Solarize+ will bring community members together to purchase solar panels as a group to receive discounted rates on energy efficiency upgrades and solar panels and installation. Local discounts will be paired with federal tax credits and grants along with local financing options.
Has this happened before?
Yes, just not in Fairbanks! Anchorage just wrapped up a second year of their Solarize Anchorage Campaign. With more than 200 solar PV systems installed in 2018 and 2019, this is a tested approach in urban Alaska and the lower 48.
Is my area eligible to participate?
Yes! For a group to be eligible, you will need at least TWO campaign leaders who will organize your area and serve as campaign leaders along with Fairbanks Solarize+ volunteers.
What am I asking my neighbors to commit to?
You are asking if they are seriously interested in investing in energy efficiency and solar PV in the summer of 2020. If the campaign goes forward in your neighborhood, they will work with the selected installer and receive a solar quote. At that point, it will be their decision on whether or not to go forward with the investment.
How much does a solar PV system cost?
This depends! But right now without any tax credits or discounts the cost of solar PV in Fairbanks is around $4 per watt. Our goal is to reduce the cost of a solar PV system by at least 10% and even lower if you are eligible for the 26% federal tax credit in 2020. We’re working on a menu of discounts and financing options for homeowners and businesses.