Beginning Sept. 3, the town will become a part of the Solarize movement.
Solarize Chapel Hill is a grassroots program that connects solar energy installers with homeowners and businesses. The program seeks to make energy less expensive in the long run through group discounts and tax incentives.
The initiative has selected local solar companies Southern Energy Management and Yes! Solar Solutions to complete the installations. The companies will conduct free home assessments for those who sign up for the program, allowing each property owner to receive a personal plan.
Solarize Chapel Hill is an extension of Solarize Carrboro, which put solar panels on 40 Carrboro rooftops last spring.
Rob Pinder — executive director of NextClimate, a nonprofit focusing on climate change — helps run the program. He expects to extend it to all Orange County due to popular demand.
“People have long viewed solar as something that is just on the horizon, but not quite attainable for regular folks,” Pinder said.
In order to help spread this initiative, Solarize Chapel Hill will host free public information sessions, the first of which is Sept. 3 at the Chapel Hill Public Library at 6:30 p.m.