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					The History of Solarize


        Lee Rahr
   Resource Consultants
    Lee@resourceconsultants.org
         Presentation Overview
•   What is Solarize
•   Background and beginnings
•   Evolution
•   Where it’s going
•   Replication
            What is Solarize?
     Community group purchasing for solar

• Increase demand for solar by helping
  residents overcome the logistical hurdles of
  going solar at home.
• Usually sponsored by city government or
  community group
          Why Solarize works
Solarize campaigns make it easy by taking away
         typical decision making barriers.


               Who to hire
           How much to purchase
            How much to budget
              Where to start
              The beginning

• Solarize Southeast ( 2009 )
• SE Uplift, Community Activist & Energy Trust
  of Oregon
• 1 contractor, no lease option
• 300 signups
            Evolution of the Model
• Solarize Portland 2009 – 2012
    - 7 neighborhood campaigns = 2MW
    - PPA Lease 2011
• Multiple Contractors
    - Rogue Solar, Solarize Southern Oregon & Solarize Eugene
•   Distributor contracts and facilitation
•   Solar Thermal
•   Municipal loan financing
•   Multi county programs
   What’s Next for Solarize
• Multiple contractors
• Lease and financing options
   - PPA or Lease, municipal financing, on bill
   repayment (Clean Energy Works Oregon)
• Distributor facilitation
• Solar thermal
             How to start?
•   Solarize Guidebook
•   Solarize toolkit
•   Find local champions
•   Contact Solar
    Oregon and the Solar
    Now! Partners
                   Resources
• US DOE guide to local governments
     www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/pdfs/47692.pdf
• Solar Now!
     www.solarnoworegon.org
• Solarize Guidebook
        www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/54114
Results 2009-2011
2012
• Second Round by NECN
• Small PBPS grant
• Single Contractor
• Partnership with local weatherization contractor
• Saturation?
• City of Gresham
•EE block grant funding
• Single Contractor, Solar and CEWO contractor
• Heavy marketing competition by non Solarize
contractor
• City of Hillsboro
• EE block grant funding
• Single Contractor, not competitively selected
• Partnership with local manufacturer
• Speed dating solar workshop
• Shared PBPS grant with Clackamas County
• Entity created for program
   • City liability
   • Outreach difficulty
• Single Contractor
• High income a barrier?
                Growing Solar Clackamas County




• PBPS grant shared with WLLO
• 2 Contractors
    • PPA vs. Purchase
    • Education burden before registration
• Involved steering committee
• Contractor went out of business
    • Educating homeowners about liens and subs
• EWEB grant
• Nonprofit TRIG
• 5 local contractors
• No lease or PPA
• Limited PV incentive
    • green power purchase program
• RVGOG
• PBPS small grant
• Contractors pay fee per completed installation
• 2 Counties
• 5 local residential contractors and 1 commercial

                   Dan & Sherry?
• Central Oregon Environmental Center
• 3 counties
• “sponsored” program
• 2 local contractors
   • No RFP process
   • Registration and lead distribution
   • PPA vs. Purchase
                  Mike?
• Resource Consultants
• Multiple funding sources
• 10 local contractors
• 6 Counties!
• Initial site assessments
                        Lee?

				
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