Nature runs on solar power and so can we! The sun in Southeast Michigan can provide a significant percentage of our community's energy needs. According to the US Department of Energy, this clean renewable resource is available to southeast Michiganders an average of 4-6 hours daily. Ann Arbor compares favorably to cities implementing solar programs in other parts of the country and is sunnier than both Germany and Japan, countries that lead the world in solar energy use.
Welcome to Ann Arbor Solarize
What: Ann Arbor Solarize is a community bulk-buy solar program. We gather neighbors and friends together, along with participating solar installers, to learn about residential solar, get questions answered, and provide the option to come together to bulk purchase solar, allowing for significant savings.
Why: The benefits are robust for individuals, the community and the planet. The costs of solar have come down significantly over the last decade, panel efficiency is better than ever, and there is a federal tax rebate of 26% that applies to all installations performed in 2020. This tax credit reduces to 22% in 2021, and then it is gone. Legislation has recently passed in Lansing eliminating the property tax increase associated with solar, further incentivizing residential adoption. In combination with the bulk-buy savings realized through Solarize, residents can access this green energy source with greater ease.
Who: As part of the City of Ann Arbor's A2Zero carbon neutrality work, the Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations works with local and regional solar Installers, as well as Michigan Saves, a non-profit green bank that facilitates low-interest financing for green upgrades, including solar installations.
How: Our participating installers have all agreed to tiered discounts depending on the number of participants in a Solarize event. These discounts are available because of savings realized by reduced outreach costs for the installers, and potential discounts they can realize by ordering in bulk as well.
To learn more or to sign-up for a Solarize event, please contact the Ann Arbor Solarize program coordinator, Julie Roth, at email@example.com or the Office of Sustainability and Innovations manager Missy Stults (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. We look forward to working with you.
Did you see this sign? Contact email@example.com for more information about the neighborhood gathering!