In Eugene, Oregon, solar installations have been on the rise for several years–54 systems installed in 2011, up from 29 the year before and only 3 four years before that. But in 2012, it seems this northwestern city is on track to boost even higher, at least if The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG) has its way. By making it easier for consumers to take the plunge into photovoltaic power, the nonprofit’s volunteer-driven, community project Solarize Eugene hopes to see the city double solar installations this year.
“The program is modeled after similar successful projects that have enabled other Oregon communities to increase their solar installations by 200% to 500%, despite the recession,” says TRIG. “[Our] staff will work directly with volunteers to make this solar volume-purchasing project a success.”
As part of their commitment to boosting participation in Eugene, Solarize Eugene will give an $0.10/watt discount to customers who sign up before May 1, and what’s more, the city of Eugene has offered a $100 discount in permit fees to the first 25 who sign up.
“If you have the (right) roof and you have — or can get — the financing, this is a crazy good deal, a one-year payback and free power for 25 years or more,” Sarah Mazze, program manager at The Resource Innovation Group, said. “Once the word gets out about that, the systems should be flying out of the warehouse.”
Thirty homeowners have already signed up for solar installations as part of The Solarize Eugene campaign, which ends June 15. The systems are under warranty for 20 years but may be able to last up to 50.
For more information about this initiative, visit SolarizeEugene.info.
(Image source: Solarize Eugene)