Making it easier and less expensive to go solar in Fairbanks!

Solarize Fairbanks is a volunteer effort with support from Alaska Center for Energy and Power, 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 working to reduce the cost of energy for FNSB residents and businesses, increase solar PV capacity and energy efficient technology, and enable a transition to cleaner energy. We are all working to build a cleaner, more affordable, and more resilient energy future for Fairbanks and the Interior.

Our 2020 Solarize+ 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 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 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, contact our team at solarizefairbanks@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook 

Solarize Fairbanks 2020 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Solarize Fairbanks communities confirmed for 2020

Five areas in Fairbanks have initiated the Solarize Fairbanks process for 2020 and are conducting outreach to their neighbors about the opportunity to participate.
Goldstream Valley
• Ester
• Steele Creek/Bennett Road/Gilmore Trail Area
• College Road
• Eielson Farm Road

If you live in any of these areas or have questions about eligibility and volunteering, please email solarizefairbanks@gmail.com.

Seeking proposals for 2020

Solarize Fairbanks is seeking proposals from qualified firms willing to provide group purchase of photovoltaic (PV) system installation in conjunction with the 2020 Solarize Fairbanks campaign. The goal of Solarize Fairbanks is to accelerate solar PV energy education and installations in Fairbanks through group purchasing and a competitive bidding process.

Eielson Farm Road and College Road Areas: Solarize Fairbanks has released the last request for proposals (RFP) for the Solarize 2020 Campaign. Both areas have a mix of commercial and residential properties. Proposals are due March 13, 2020. Click here to request the RFP >>

Ester and Steele Creek Areas: Solarize Fairbanks’ RFP for two areas, Ester and Steele Creek, is still open. Proposals are due March 6, 2020  Click here to request the RFP >>

Goldstream: The Solarize Goldstream RFP is closed. Proposal reviews and interviews are in process.

Please email any questions to solarizefairbanks@gmail.com with “RFP Question” in the subject line.

Visit our Facebook Page to talk with others looking to solarize in Fairbanks.

More Resources

If you are interested in organizing your community – neighborhood, organization, employees, congregation, road service area, or other group—here are some tools you can use. For more information or assistance, email solarizefairbanks@gmail.com

*If you would like to use this for your area, email solarizefairbanks@gmail.com and we’ll transfer a copy to you.

Resources from the first Solarize Fairbanks Workshop

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How does it work?

Solarize Fairbanks 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 Solarize Fairbanks 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.