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.
Solarize Fairbanks 2020 ANNOUNCEMENTS
Register your Community by January 30
If your road service area, congregation, neighborhood, employees, or other community is interested in going solar, please fill out this short form to register >> Registration is due by January 30, 2020.
We encourage organizers with 15 or more interested homes or businesses to register. Expressing interest does not mean anyone is committing to go solar. Instead, it means they want more information to make that decision.
Don’t have 15? Don’t let that stop you! We want to hear from everyone. After you register, our team will help you design a campaign plan and continue adding to your solarize community.
Solarize Fairbanks Communities Confirmed for 2020
The two areas that have started organizing so far are:
- Goldstream Valley – Solarize Goldstream meeting on Monday, January 6 from 7 to 8:30pm in the Ken Kunkel Center. Contact Terry Chapin at (907) 590-9672 or email@example.com.
- College Road – Homes and businesses between University and Johansen. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Add your neighborhood or area to the list! Visit our Facebook Page to talk with others looking to solarize in Fairbanks.
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 email@example.com
- Solarize Fairbanks Handout>>
- 10 Steps to Solarize Your Community >>
- Sample Solarize Outreach Email >>
- Sample Google Form to collect interested people >>
- Detailed Outreach Email & Community Workshop set-up>>
*If you would like to use this for your area, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll transfer a copy to you.
Resources from the first Solarize Fairbanks Workshop
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.