New program aims to cut solar start-up costs


The Triangle will take another step towards achieving its climate goals with the Wednesday launch of “Solarize the Triangle,” a program developed by the Triangle Sustainability Partnership that aims to make solar power more accessible to residents and businesses in eleven local jurisdictions.

The initiative, which covers the cities of Raleigh and Durham; the counties of Chatham, Durham and Orange; and the towns of Apex, Cary, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Morrisville – is designed to reduce the cost of solar power systems through a community group buying program that offers discounted pricing on the volume of materials and installation services.

“The more people who sign up for the program this summer, the more affordable solar power will be for everyone and the greater the collective impact we can have on climate change,” says Megan Anderson, lead sustainability in Raleigh.

Anderson says the program’s tiered “bulk” buying concept will help break down barriers for low- and middle-income residents who were previously unable to afford solar installation costs, which are often high, and thus maximize the number of people working to reduce the carbon footprint of the Triangle.

“It’s been a labor of love,” Anderson says. “We are committed to making renewable energy accessible to everyone.

Solarize the Triangle celebrates its launch on Wednesday with a community event at the North Carolina Museum of Art that will feature guest speakers, presentations on the inner workings of the program, and live music and painting by the duo. local musician-artist Little Red Birds. The August 10 event starting at 6 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Click here to register online.

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