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Coalition wants to use group-purchase campaign to make solar power affordable

Coalition wants to use group-purchase campaign to make solar power affordable
Solarize Asheville-Buncombe, a newly formed local renewable energy coalition, is working to get homeowners, businesses and nonprofits affordable access to solar power. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A local group wants to tackle the costs of solar energy installation by relying on our communities.

The effort is being spearheaded by Solarize Asheville-Buncombe, a newly formed local renewable energy coalition, that is working to get homeowners, businesses and nonprofits access to solar power in an affordable way.

"With the solarize campaign, we anticipate savings of 20-30 percent off the cost of a typical system. And when you combine that with a potential federal income tax credit for solar of 26 percent, plus the opportunity of a Duke Energy Progress rebate of up to 60 cents per watt installed per home, the cost comes down significantly," Blue Horizons project manager Sophie Mullinax said.

Solarize Asheville-Buncombe is seeking bids from area solar-energy design and installation companies for its group-purchasing program for Asheville and Buncombe County property owners. Deadline for bidders is March 2, 2021 (Request for Proposal document is available HERE).

Solarize Asheville-Buncombe is a community-based group-purchasing program for solar energy, battery storage and other clean-energy technologies. The initiative will help homeowners, businesses and nonprofits become more resilient, reduce energy expenses and save on the cost of renewable-energy systems by obtaining volume discounts on materials and installation services. Solarize campaigns are driven by community group purchasing. The more participants who enroll, the greater the savings for all.

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