Solarize Philly is a citywide program to help all Philadelphians go solar at home. Solarize Philly is now open! Sign up at www.solarizephilly.org
About Solarize Philly
Solarize Philly is a group buying program designed to bring down the price of solar and build customer confidence. The more customers who sign a contract as part of Solarize Philly, the deeper the discounts for all participants. Solarize Philly is innovating on the success of the traditional solarize model by building in revenue streams to expand job training programs and to offer an affordable option for low- and moderate-income households, all while delivering the best price for all consumers. Thank you to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar in Your Community Challenge for providing seed funding for Solarize Philly.
PEA ensures that the selected installers are reputable, contracts are standardized with key consumer protections, and the equipment is high quality with appropriate warranties. Since its launch in April 2017, over 5,800 households have signed up to receive a free solar assessment through Solarize Philly. Households interested in installing solar can visit www.solarizephilly.org to learn more and sign-up!
Solar Job Training
According to a study conducted for PEA by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, 15 living wage jobs are created for every 100 solar installations. On September 1, 2017, the state of Pennsylvania listed solar installation as a High Priority Occupation for Philadelphia County, based on high employer demand associated with Solarize Philly. PEA is committed to developing and supporting a skilled, diverse, and local solar workforce to meet the growing local demand for solar.
In the summer of 2017, PEA administered a pilot training program, “Find Your Power”, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), with funding from GreenFutures, a sustainability plan for the School District. Eighteen students completed the “Find Your Power” program. PEA is working with the SDP to establish a year-round solar training program available to SDP students. PEA is also supporting the Energy Coordinating Agency and Philadelphia OIC to develop solar training courses available to adults and other students.
Increasing Solar Access
Part of PEA’s core mission includes making clean energy and energy efficiency technologies more accessible and affordable to all citizens of Philadelphia.
PEA is offering a special financing option for 45 households as a pilot program. Participants will still be expected to finance a portion of the project and financing for a variety of credit profiles will be made available. Qualifying households must meet certain income guidelines, must not be on PECO’s Customer Assistance Program (CAP), must have a roof less than 7 years old, must have paid all PECO bills on-time and in-full for the past 12 months, and be owner-occupied.
Interested households can find more information here.
Local Case Studies
PEA is building on the success of solarize programs across the country, and even here in our own backyard with Solarize Greater Media, Northwest Philadelphia Solarize Coalition, and Solarize Center City.