Making it easier and less expensive to go solar in Fairbanks!
Solarize Fairbanks is a community-led solar initiative that aims to make solar energy more affordable and accessible in Interior Alaska. Coalition members who support this initiative are Information Insights, The Alaska Center, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Native Movement, and the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition.
We are community leaders, organizers, consultants, and business and homeowners working to reduce the cost of energy for Fairbanks North Star Borough residents and businesses, increase solar PV capacity and energy-efficient technology, and enable a transition to cleaner energy. We are committed to building a cleaner, more affordable, and more resilient energy future for Fairbanks and the Interior.
Our 2020 Solarize campaign was filled with successes and challenges. With a record wet summer, the COVID 19 pandemic, and ongoing rebate delays, Fairbanksians still persevered. Solarize Fairbanks helped facilitate solar installations in three communities with 77 homes and 400kw installed. With a year under our belt, all the efforts and feedback from our committee members, organizers, utilities, installers, and this community, we are ready to start Solarize Fairbanks 2021! This means putting solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on rooftops – homes, fire stations, stores, churches, community centers, gas stations, and more. In addition, we’ll also help with simple energy efficiency 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!
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2021 Energy Efficiency campaign
Sign up for our Energy Efficiency campaign here! Through September 1st, you can sign-up to receive a group discount on an energy audit for your home or business. This year we are working with Dan Spillane and Jim Fowler to provide group discounts on audits. Reduce your energy bill and think about your impact on the planet! Anyone in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and Denali Borough can participate in the Energy Efficiency Campaign! (That’s right, you don’t need to have or want solar panels to get discounted energy audits this summer). The purpose of this campaign is to get as many people to sign up for energy audits for their home, business, non-profit, place of worship to receive a large group discount. Register here to confirm your spot for an energy audit by September 1st.
Prices can be found here.
Wait! Are you a small business? Thanks to a US Department of Agriculture program, you may be eligible for an even deeper discount on your energy audit. Register to find out more.
Reviews from Solarizers so far!
“Dan Spillane is really knowledgeable about the energy issues and he was so generous in taking time to explain things to me at both a technical and personal level”, says Terry Chapin, a homeowner who received an energy audit through Solarize Fairbanks Energy Efficiency program.
Terry Chapin, a satisfied recipient of an audit through this year’s Energy Efficiency campaign, gave a sincere testimonial, “If people are interested in reducing their impact on the climate or if they want to save money by reducing their energy use, the best thing to do is to sign up for an energy audit through Solarize Fairbanks. Dan was very quick in getting back to me and coming out to do an energy audit. He was extremely knowledgeable about the issues regarding energy efficiency and effective in being able to explain that to me very clearly and simply and providing any technical details I was curious about. I was really impressed with the quality of the audit. Over the long term it will save us money, but the biggest motivation is doing something to minimize our impact on the climate.”
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How does it work?
Solarize Fairbanks will work with community members to organize and 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, and not just in Fairbanks! There are Solarize initiatives in Anchorage, Kenai, and a Thermalize project in Juneau. Our first year in 2020, we had 3 area campaigns help their friends and neighbors get solar for 77 homes and businesses. Now with 5 area campaigns, we are positioned to exceed expectations once more!
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 2021. We’re working on a menu of discounts and financing options for homeowners and businesses.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and adhering to the recommendations of the CDC and State Administration, the Solarize Fairbanks Team will practice ‘social distancing’ and ‘self-quarantine’ (if necessary) to be proactive to slow down and combat the spread of the virus, and to protect our most vulnerable and marginalized community members. We are continuing to host virtual events and meetings and provide all needed material online or drop off. Please review our full Solarize Fairbanks’s Crisis Response Plan. This is a living document and will be changed as vaccination access and allocation develops. Read the Crisis Response Plan here >>