Solar Today January February 2013 : Page 23

Get Started : Solarize Resources earn how to start a group-purchasing or other program for making solar buying easier with these resources, funded by the U.S. Depart-ment of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Resi-dential PV Systems , Video highlighting the Portland Solar-ize program, A Guide to Community Shared Solar: Utility, Private, and Nonprofit Project Development , Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments, go.usa. gov/gKXV L The first participant to install solar through the Solar Benefits Colorado program, Joe Lucas stands next to PV meters outside his Denver home. Joe Lucas’ Denver home has new photovoltaics on the roof thanks to the Solar Benefits Colorado program. — companies offering the benefit, or third-party administrators — set up the program and do most of the homework for participants. That includes soliciting installers through a rigorous RFP process, negotiat-ing the group discount and either selecting the installer or advising an evaluation committee. The programs remove both the cost and logisti-cal barriers for participants. All they have to do is sign up, schedule a site visit and go solar. There’s something in it for companies offering these programs, Copyright © 2013 by the American Solar Energy Society Inc. All rights reserved. Solarize programs throughout the United States have resulted in 1,960 solar installations since 2009. SOLAR TODAY January/February 2013 23 DAVID SWEET, COURTESY OF THE CITY OF PORTLAND REC Solar employees Brian Webster, left, and Mario Richard install PV modules on an Englewood, Colo., home participating in the Solar Benefits Colorado program. PHOTO BY DENNIS SCHROEDER / NREL PHOTO BY DENNIS SCHROEDER / NREL

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