Additional Discounts for Solar!

EnergySmartYes.com is a group that is sponsored by Boulder County to help homeowners throughout our area implement energy saving tools in our homes. They provide expert assistance in interpretation of contractor bids, and even go so far as to setup appointments for you with the contractors to come out to your home!

The best part is that depending on availability of funds you can receive rebates for having the work done on your home! This above and beyond the rebates from Xcel. Its Boulder’s way of saying, “Thank You” for doing your part.

They even have rebates based on income. The more that you research the more that you can find there are benefits to going green that add up to more then just your reduced energy bill and decreased carbon footprint!

http://www.energysmartyes.com/141-incomequalified/401-income-qualified-solar-rebate

Final Meeting to Select Company

Come join us in our final meeting for selecting a solar panel company!
We have narrowed the list to 3 companies and conducted interviews.  We will review the highlights and pros and cons.  Come provide your input!
  • Price?
  • Warranty?
  • Ability to lease?

Help us weigh the variables!

Tuesday, June 13 at 7:30 in Alfalfa’s meeting room on South Boulder (785 E. South Boulder Road).  Head to the back right of the store and go up the stairs.
 
Call with questions! 

Meeting to Evaluate Companies

The East Boulder Solar Coalition is meeting tonight at the Lafayette Library tonight (Tuesday 5/23 @5:30). The goal of this meeting is to evaluate the 3 solar companies to determine who meets the needs of our group the most. Some of the top questions we will be addressing include their warranties, longevity of the systems as well as how a group purchase works when considering purchases or financing & leasing. Our goal is to work with a supplier to achieve economies of scale. In other words, we group together to give them lots of business and they reduce the cost for us. If you have an interest in joining the group and learning more – tonight is a great night to get involved!

www.eabosoco.com

Meeting Tonight May 10 @ 7:30

We have gotten quite a few proposals so far from local companies, as well as more national ones.
The team is reviewing the options and we’ll work on a packet for tonight’s meeting! Please RSVP to info@eabosoco.com for location details.
Additionally, after discussion with Kristi, I feel that trying to schedule vendor/installer presentations for next week would be too optimistic for our volunteer group.  Instead, on Monday I will check what venues are available for the following week.  At next week’s meeting we should narrow down our selection to a few companies and invite them for presentations.  Please let me know if have preferences regarding meetings, weekend afternoon vs weekday evening.
I am getting very excited!
Also, Mike Henry at Boulder Nissan has sent me a new email stating that he has new incentives from Nissan. I’ll try to follow up this weekend to find out what they’re offering.
Lisa H.

Next Meeting May 10!

Our team has received a few RFP responses already!  An RFP is a proposals from solar companies to give us DISCOUNTS! We are getting some late requests for the RFP, so she is working on extending the deadline.  Lisa:  We probably need to inform others that the deadline has been extended too.
Current thought is to still have our meeting on May 10 at 7:30–but we might use it to let some of the installers do presentations instead.  Will update folks once we know, but keep the date on your calendar.
Brad sent me an interesting new report on community solar efforts.  Here are two interesting tidbits:
  • On the business side, Solarize CT resulted in a statewide “20–20 rule.” Most campaigns ran for roughly 20 weeks and reduced the average cost of solar by 20 percent
  •  Over a six-month period, the presence of one solar rooftop project increased the average number of installations within a half-mile radius by nearly 50 percent
  • The full report can be found here:  http://cbey.yale.edu/programs-research/solar-energy-evolution-and-diffusion-studies-seeds.  It provides lots of great info on doing community outreach.
We have gotten 10 folks via the survey that are very interested in pursuing solar with us immediately and others that somewhere in the process.  PLEASE, PLEASE post again on your facebook page, your Nextdoor account, your HOA group, etc.  Here is what I posted.  Edit as you desire!

Interested in solar? Tell us your thoughts.

We are a handful of neighbors that decided to work together to buy solar panels at a reduced price and to promote green energy in our neighborhood. We call ourselves East Boulder Solar Coalition (EastBOSOCO!). One thing we have learned is that the cost side of solar is now a no-brainer. Leasing panels almost always results in immediate savings. And buying panels can save big money if you plan to be in your house a few years. Green energy at no additional cost!
If you are thinking about getting solar panels or thinking about thinking about it, please take our 8 question survey. This will help us know what type of deal to negotiate with solar installers.
None of us work in the solar industry, but we have benefited greatly from the expertise of Boulder County’s Sustainability office. If you have questions, comments, or just want to hang out with a small group of fun neighbors, email us at: info@eabosoco.com.