Solarize Mid-Columbia is a non profit organization that wants to stimulate solar installations throughout the greater Tri Cities, Washington area through a group purchase campaign. The Solarize concept began a few years ago in Portland and has since spread throughout the NW and around the country. Here’s the basics or how it works from the Solarize Washington website:
The Neighborhood Approach
Solarize Washington is a Northwest SEED initiative designed to bring solar energy to Washington homes. By partnering with grassroots sustainability groups and local installers, we help neighbors come together to enjoy significant discounts through the group purchase of solar systems. The Solarize initiative provides a streamlined process through which neighbors can collectively decide where to start, how to budget, what to buy, and who to hire.
Key features of Solarize Washington include:
- Grassroots outreach and promotion by neighborhood volunteers
- Competitively selected contractors with set prices
- Free educational workshops for all participants
- Free site assessments for all participants to determine solar suitability
- A limited time offer to get the best deal on solar around!
In the Tri Cities the grassroots organisation calls itself Solarize Mid-Columbia and was formed out of a NW Seed workshop back in February of 2013. The board put out an RFP in late March and selected Hire Electric as their installation partner on the 23rd of April. We’re very excited about the trust and vote of confidence that the board has put in us and look forward to Solarizing Mid Columbia!
There is a kickoff meeting tonight at Franklin PUD in Pasco at 7pm. There’s more info in the Tri-Cities Herald
Stay tuned for more information about how to get involved.