Solarize the Triangle is a community-based group-purchasing program for solar energy, battery storage, and other clean energy technologies that helps 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. Based on a tiered “bulk” purchasing concept, the more local residents and business owners who contract for their solar installations through the program.
The program includes free site evaluations and quotes for each community member’s home or business from Yes Solar. We submit the design plan and interconnection request on your behalf. Solarize the Triangle organizers will also offer a series of clean-energy education and outreach events with a goal of increasing participation through a better understanding of rooftop solar components, suitability assessment considerations, and contract provisions.
Participating Triangle communities include Hillsborough, Orange, Chatham, and Durham Counties; the cities of Durham and Raleigh; and the towns of Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill and Morrisville.
Solarize the Triangle is accepting advance registrations for the upcoming campaign. Interested residents may go to solarizethetriangle.com to learn more about the program and sign up in advance of the launch to be first in line for a free evaluation.
The Objectives of Solarize:
- Making solar energy more affordable: lower the cost of solar energy through the power of group-purchasing and reduced acquisition costs. Savings passed to residents of the Triangle region;
- Making solar energy more accessible: contractor(s), materials and pricing will be highly vetted for best practices using a competitive bid process;
- Education and community engagement: widespread community engagement, education and outreach activities through town hall meetings, workshops, solar “open house” gatherings, and outreach through local community groups and events;
- Promoting solar-positive policies: encourage local governments to adopt streamlined solar energy permitting policies and fair utility distributed generation policies; and
- Giving back: Solarize the Triangle and selected contractors will use a portion of campaign proceeds to donate a solar energy system to a deserving local nonprofit organization and/or help to underwrite solar-energy systems for qualified low- and moderate-Income families with high energy burdens.
Solarize the Triangle 2022 – Launch Event
The Triangle J Council of Governments and Solar CrowdSource are facilitating the launch of Solarize the Triangle on August 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of Art, located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. The public is invited to join the celebratory launch to learn more about the solar-energy options available to residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
The Launch Event will Feature:
- Representatives from the Partnership that developed and support Solarize the Triangle;
- Experts in solar energy from the locally selected installer company chosen via competitive bidding;
- Live music and painting by Little Red Birds. A portion of proceeds from the evening’s event art-auction sales will be dedicated to supporting solar energy for qualified low-income families;
- Details about the benefits of solar energy and battery storage; and
- How one can enroll for a free solar-energy assessment of their residence or place of business through Solarize the Triangle.
Why Go Solar
We have all heard about the ever-decreasing cost of solar. But it seems to have leveled, and even increased, depending on the brand, on the country of origin, on the shortage of raw materials, on shipping, trucking, etc. It is a very volatile market and is expected to be so for the foreseeable future. The spectrum of inflation adds to the uncertainty. The other cost looming is that of climate change. There is little dispute now that climate disasters affect the cost of energy. And energy rates are unlikely to decrease. You can actually freeze your cost of energy by installing solar now and it will never increase again.
Selected Installer – Yes Solar
The Triangle Sustainability Partnership carefully chose a qualified firm to ensure best-in-class materials are installed by qualified solar professionals for the lowest price through volume purchasing. Detailed criteria for selecting the company were used by the Partnership to choose the installer, which is Cary-based Yes Solar Solutions.
“Yes Solar Solutions is thrilled to have been chosen as the installation partner to bring solar to local communities with a unique grassroots concept supported by 11 different NC jurisdictions,” said Stew Miller, Co-Founder and President. “Our experience working with nonprofits to bring similar Solarize programs to local communities gives us a deep respect and familiarity with the concept and results of Solarize. The goal is to bring high-quality solar to as many people as possible at a fair and transparent price. It’s exciting that the more people who sign up the more everyone’s price goes down.”
Yes Solar Solutions has been the leading local solar company for 13 years, founded and owned by Stew and Kathy Miller. With over 1,000 projects installed, and as the only NABCEP accredited solar company in North Carolina, Yes has earned a reputation for integrity, quality, and responsiveness. Take a look at some of our 400+ rave reviews here, and contact us for details.