In July 2017, PEA will launch Solarize Philly: the first city-wide solarize campaign. Solarize campaigns allow a group of homeowners to install solar together at a reduced price. The more households moving forward, the lower the cost for all participants.
How does Solarize Philly work?
The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) will select participating solar companies through a careful vetting process. All participating companies will agree to reduce the price of rooftop solar further and further as more households sign up. PEA will work with solar equipment manufacturers to negotiate similar discounts across the whole program. We will ensure installers are reputable, contracts are standardized with key consumer protections, and equipment is high quality with appropriate warranties.
The initial signup period will open July 1, 2017 and run through September 30, 2017. Interested homeowners get a free solar assessment and project quote. If they choose to move forward, their final price will be discounted based on the final number of sign-ups.
PEA will help the developers keep the costs low by bundling neighborhood installations, reducing marketing and outreach costs, and working with the Office of Sustainability, L&I and PECO to keep the process moving as quickly as possible. We will also work with developers and lenders to provide financing when needed.
Going solar through Solarize Philly helps fund solar training at the School District of Philadelphia and helps low and moderate income (LMI) families in Philly go solar too. Sign-ups for interested LMI households will open this fall.
Sign up to learn more!
If you are interested in installing solar on your roof through Solarize Philly, sign up here.
Solarize Philly Installer Q&A – updated May 16, 2017
Equipment Manufacturer/Distributor RFP [extended submission – Due June 20, 2017]
Solarize Philly Solar Equipment Vendor Q&A – updated June 19, 2017