Making it easier and less expensive to go solar in Fairbanks!
Solarize Fairbanks is a volunteer effort with support from Information Insights, The Alaska Center, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Native Movement, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, and the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition.
We are a group of residents, businesses and organizations 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 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.
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. Our immediate step is to turn all in-person meetings into virtual ones. The Solarize Fairbanks’s Crisis Response Plan provides more detail. This document will be changed as the situation develops. Read the Crisis Response Plan here >>
Solarize Fairbanks communities confirmed for 2020
Four areas in Fairbanks have selected installers through the Solarize Fairbanks 2020 campaign.
• Richardson Corridor
• Goldstream Valley
• Steele Creek/Bennett Road/Gilmore Trail Area
Spring Solarize Webinars
Solarize Fairbanks will be holding webinars to inform solarizing area residents and businesses about the benefits of solar, exclusive pricing, financing options, and more.
Steele Creek+ Webinars
March 31, 2020 – Webinar Recording Available >>
April 11, 2020 – Webinar Recording coming soon.
Goldstream & Ester & Richardson Corridor Webinars
April 2, 2020 – Webinar Recording Available >>
April 13, 2020 – Webinar Recording Coming soon.
Learn more about Solarize Anchorage Campaign >>
Resources from the first Solarize Fairbanks Workshop
Visit our Facebook Page to see updates and connect with others in the campaign!
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.