Initial Homeowner Contracts Result in Highest Savings Tier;
Open House Set for Aug. 2, Solar Town Hall on Aug. 25
OKLAHOMA CITY — After only two months since its launch, the Solarize OKC Campaign has already reached the largest discount tier for group-discount purchasing. The community-based group-purchasing solar campaign has entered Tier 8, which represents a 40% savings off the cost of a solar energy system outside the program using the same materials.
The campaign seeks to help your home or business save more than ever through the combined buying power of other OKC residents and access to a federal tax credit for solar energy. Under the Solarize concept, everyone who purchased a solar power installation in the first stage of the campaign receives the same discounts as the last participant – eight tiers in all.
Following the campaign’s first contract on May 17th, some 48 additional homeowners have completed contracts, constituting 421 in total kW of solar power. Once these systems are fully installed and operational, the equivalent of 790,000 lbs. of carbon emissions will have been avoided annually in Oklahoma City.
Contacts and visits are continuing with more than 300 local property owners who have already requested a free evaluation. Local home and business owners can enroll anytime for a free assessment of their property’s readiness for solar energy and battery storage.
To help further familiarize the public with this opportunity, two free informative events are scheduled for the month of August hosted by Solarize OKC:
- An Open House will take place at 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at the operations headquarters of EightTwenty to provide local property owners with details about this volume-purchasing opportunity. Focus will include information of value to neighborhoods and HOAs. A Q&A session plus solar demonstrations and tours of EightTwenty’s facility will be featured as well.
- A Solar Town Hall will be held on Aug. 25. Check the Solarize OKC website for location and details. This public event will provide attendees with another opportunity to “talk Solar” with campaign organizers and renewable-energy experts as you consider whether solar is right for your property.
Solarize OKC is open to all property owners in Oklahoma City. Many OKC residents and businesses are in Oklahoma City even though they have a mailing address for a suburb – visit okc.gov/citylimits to see if your home or business is in Oklahoma City.
Valuable federal tax credits can provide 26 percent in additional savings in 2022. The campaign is time-limited with all solar and battery installations to be complete by Summer 2023.
Interested residents and businesses may go to www.solarizeOKC.com now to learn more, receive advance information on campaign details, learn more about upcoming events and sign up for a free evaluation.
About Solarize Oklahoma City
Solarize Oklahoma City is a campaign forged and supported by a local public-private coalition involving RestoreOKC, the City of Oklahoma City’s Office of Sustainability, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG), the Oklahoma Solar Association, OKC Beautiful, the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council, the Oklahoma Compost and Sustainability Association (OCASA), Fertile Ground Cooperative and 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 residents and businesses is the campaign’s goal.
To learn more about EightTwenty, visit: www.eighttwenty.com.
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Program Planner, Office of Sustainability