On Aug. 12, the Town of Chapel Hill announced its partnership with Solarize the Triangle, a program to make solar energy more easily available and affordable.
Solarize Chapel Hill is one of the 11 communities within the Triangle area, including Carrboro, in the initiative. The initiative is led by Triangle J Council of Governments through the Triangle Sustainability Partnership and Solar Crowdsource – a group of local governments, advocates and nonprofits.
Solarize Chapel Hill's goal is to encourage residents to adopt clean energy by promoting education and optimizing the solar panel installation process.
John Richardson, Chapel Hill’s community sustainability manager, said that an increase in residents using solar energy will make clean energy more accessible for everyone.
“The goal is to not only lower the price of solar and make it more attractive, but also to make it more accessible and affordable to folks who are participating in this program,” Richardson said.
Orange County Sustainability Programs Manager Amy Eckberg said that Yes Solar Solutions, the Cary-based installation partner for the initiative, has a long history of solarizing programs and is well-versed in solar energy. She added that the program makes the installation process simple.
Eckberg also said she was even considering installing solar panels for her own home. She noted the program is "turn-key ready," meaning that after someone decides to install solar panels, most of the work is done for them.
“I mean, you don’t have to go out, you don’t have to hunt down a solar installer," she said. "This program does all the legwork for you."
As part of the service, Yes Solar Solutions completes free home evaluations to determine whether a residence is a good candidate for solar energy. Eckberg said that this limits the otherwise overwhelming choices a consumer has to make.