Solarize OKC Campaign Holds Virtual Town Hall and Open House

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Oklahoma City residents and business owners were invited to attend a “virtual town hall” on Tuesday to learn more about the benefits of solar power.

The town hall is to be followed by an open house scheduled for June 14 at EightTwenty, a partner of the Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability in the Solarize OKC program.

Solarize OKC is a campaign supported by a local public-private coalition involving the Office of Sustainability, RestoreOKC, Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, Oklahoma Solar Association, OKC Beautiful, Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council, Oklahoma Compost and Sustainability Association, Fertile Ground Cooperative and Solar CrowdSource. According to a statement, the campaign’s goals are to reduce installation costs of solar power and storage batteries through bulk purchases, reduce contractor acquisition costs and pass the savings on to residents. and businesses.

The virtual town hall is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. A Zoom link to access the event is available online.

A scheduled program as part of the June 14 Open House has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at EightTwenty Headquarters, 1825 N. Walnut Ave.

Both events were planned to help people learn more about the benefits of solar energy, opportunities to sign up for free solar assessments, options for group buying discounts and potential credits. federal taxes.

According to the release, more than 120 Oklahoma City residents and business owners have signed up for solar assessments since Solarize OKC launched on May 10.

“Oklahomans are showing tremendous interest in transitioning their energy use to solar power,” said Don Moreland, president of Solar Crowdsource and campaign administrator. “We are thrilled with the response and look forward to continuing to spread the word about how local residents and business owners can play a collective role in securing a significant discount to install solar power by the 30 september.”

The first Solarize OKC residential solar contract is currently underway and over 50kW of solar is expected to be installed. As a result, the current group discount rate through Solarize OKC is 32%. With increased community participation, residents could save up to 40% by the end of the campaign, organizers say.

“I was very impressed with the sales process and presentation of EightTwenty,” said Sara Ivey, the first owner to sign up for an installation under Solarize OKC. “They provided us with a transparent product. The process was enjoyable and we look forward to the next steps.

Interested residents and businesses can go to www.solarizeOKC.com to learn more or to sign up for a free evaluation.

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