New Local Campaign Moves to New Tier of Lower Pricing;
Free Signups for Group-Buying Discounts Under Way
TULSA — The home of the first local property owner to benefit from Solarize Green Country, a community-based group-purchasing solar campaign, has a newly completed solar installation now providing power to his Osage County residence with renewable energy.
A coalition of local organizations launched Solarize Green Country this spring to help make solar energy and battery storage more affordable for homeowners, businesses and nonprofits in Green Country through a unique bulk-purchasing concept in the eight-county area.
The Osage County resident secured a 5.2 kw system with Solarize Green Country discounted pricing. The more who participate in group purchasing, the more costs are reduced for every property owner in Green Country who contracts for a system.
This month, the campaign achieved its 3rd tier of eight progressively lower pricing tiers. Under the Solarize limited-time community offering, anyone who decides to purchase a solar power installation in the early stages of the campaign receives the same discounts as the last participant.
“I’m very pleased with my new system, particularly with how quickly it was installed and became operational,” said Craig Osgood, the first Solarize Green Country contract signee. “It’s also good to know that additional rebates may become available as the campaign progresses.”
Nearly 125 local residents and business owners have already signed up to learn more about how Solarize Green Country works. In addition to a community launch event in Tulsa, an online webinar was also recently produced, explaining how the campaign’s tiered approach to solar and battery costs enables system discounts. That seminar is available to view anytime online here.
Direct contacts and visits with local property owners who requested a no-cost evaluation for their property without obligation are currently underway.
To formulate the program, Solarize Green Country sought competitive bids from solar-energy design and installation companies seeking to become the campaign’s sole installer for a time-limited 2023 group-purchasing program. The coalition selected Solar Power of Oklahoma (SPO) to provide local property owners with this volume purchasing opportunity.
Solarize Green Country is dedicated to:
- Raising awareness of local solar energy potential
- Providing practical education and support
- Reducing costs through group purchasing of materials and installation services
- Paving the way for more local solar in the future
“The goal for Solarize Green Country is to simplify the process of purchasing solar power and help bring down individual property owner costs by buying solar energy together,” said Gary Allison of the Ready for 100 Tulsa Campaign. “We remain very enthusiastic about this campaign based upon the support and involvement of multiple mission-aligned local organizations and early signups to date.”
Solarize campaigns have been adopted in numerous communities around the country since their inception in 2009 as a method to help local residents achieve energy independence together. Solarize Green Country is the first such campaign of its kind in this area of the state.
Solar energy can help to achieve energy independence and stimulate local economic growth. Going solar can also reduce energy costs and economic burdens. Among the new campaign’s goals are to create a program for deeper cost reductions for a number of qualified low- and moderate-income residents to receive new energy systems that reduce their household energy costs.
Interested residents may go to SolarizeGreenCountry.com to learn more about the program and sign up before the Sept. 30, 2023 enrollment deadline. All solar and battery installations are expected to be completed by June 30, 2024.
About Solarize Green Country: Solarize Green Country is a program promulgated by a public-private coalition developed among multiple area organizations: Ready for 100 Tulsa Campaign, Oklahoma Solar Association, Indian Nations Council of Governments, Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council, Real Good Food, Price Family Properties, Green Country Group of Oklahoma Sierra Club, Environmental Energy & Natural Resources Advocates, and Solar Crowdsource. Increasing energy independence via reducing the barriers and cost of solar-energy and battery-storage installations through the power of bulk purchasing is the objective of the campaign, which will launch in April 2023.
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