CUMMING, Ga. — A new local renewable energy coalition is seeking bids from solar contractors for a newly created Solarize Forsyth program aimed at making solar energy more affordable for local homeowners, businesses and nonprofits.
Solarize Forsyth issued a request for proposals from area solar-energy design and installation companies for its 2022 group-purchasing program. The deadline for bidders to respond is May 2, 2022. The request for proposal document is available here.
Solarize Forsyth is a grassroots community-based group-purchasing program for solar energy, battery storage and other clean-energy technologies. This initiative will help homeowners, businesses and nonprofits become more resilient, reduce energy expenses, and save on the cost of renewable-energy systems through volume discounts on materials and installation services. Solarize campaigns offer community group purchasing. The more participants who enroll and purchase a solar energy system, the greater the savings for all.
Solarize Forsyth is seeking competitive bids from the local solar community to ensure best-in-class materials are installed by qualified solar professionals for the lowest price.
Coalition organizations involved in developing and partnering together to ensure Solarize Forsyth is a success include: Kiwanis Club of Forsyth County, Green Cell Atlanta, Resiliency Nexus, Citizens' Climate Lobby - GA Forsyth Chapter, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, Environment Georgia and Solar Crowdsource.
“Our goal for Solarize Forsyth is to simplify the process of getting solar power and help bring down individual property owner costs by purchasing solar energy together” said Pankaj Rajankar of Green Cell Atlanta. “This is a unique opportunity for us to unify in a way that makes renewable energy an affordable option for a greater number of our fellow residents and businesses than if we purchase solar separately.”
Solar energy is clean, makes homes and businesses more climate-resilient and can stimulate local economic growth. Going solar can also reduce energy and economic burdens for low- and moderate-income residents.
In addition to increasing renewable energy options and lowering electricity bills, the campaign aims to provide local residents with pathways to pursue careers in green energy and to provide deeper cost reductions for low- and moderate-income residents.
Bid Meeting: Campaign organizers held a virtual bid conference on April 18. Prospective bidders are encouraged to review this meeting to get an overview of the campaign and listen to a Q&A session: A link to this recording can be found here.
Once an installer is chosen, Solarize Forsyth will offer a series of clean-energy education and outreach events with a goal of a better understanding of rooftop solar components, suitability assessment considerations, and contract provisions. All solar and battery installations are expected to be completed by March 31, 2023.
Solarize Forsyth is now accepting advance registrations for the upcoming program. Interested residents may go to SolarizeForsyth.net to learn more about the program and sign up in advance to be first in line for a free evaluation.
About Solarize Forsyth: Solarize Forsyth is a campaign forged and supported by a local public-private coalition involving Kiwanis Club of Forsyth County, Green Cell Atlanta, Resiliency Nexus, Citizens' Climate Lobby - GA Forsyth Chapter, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, Environment Georgia with support from Solar Crowdsource. Lowering the cost of solar-energy and battery-storage installations through the power of bulk purchasing, reducing contractor acquisition costs, and transferring those savings to residential and commercial residents is the goal of the campaign, which will launch in May 2022.