Use the Sun’s Rays to Power Your Home: Solarize Ventura’s Affordable Residential Solar Program

SolarizeVentura2015_597x361Every hour the sun’s rays provide enough energy to power the planet for one year. Harnessing that solar energy through the installation of solar panels is now a viable way to power your home or business, and it’s also good for the environment and your pocketbook.

For the second year, the City of Ventura, in partnership with the non-profit Community Environmental Council (CEC), is offering the Solarize Ventura program to city residents, making it more affordable for local homeowners to go solar with a limited-time discounted price for solar panels from vetted installers, through a streamlined hassle-free process.

On Earth Day, April 22, 2015, this year’s Solarize Ventura program kicked off on the steps of Ventura’s City Hall.  The program runs from April 22- July 18, 2015.

“We’re very excited to be partnered with the City of Ventura to offer Solarize Ventura,” said Jefferson Litten, Solarize Ventura Program Manager, Community Environmental Council  (CEC).  “In 2014, the program helped 62 local homeowners add solar to their homes and now they’re enjoying that savings as they power their home with clean, emission free energy.  This year we’re hoping to match or beat that success.”

Last year’s 3-month program offered Ventura homeowners discounted pricing, pre-vetted solar contractors, and a free independent solar consultant. Participating households also took advantage of a 30% federal tax credit and a nominal $1 permit fee from the City, which are still available to anyone wanting to go solar.

“With our sunny climate, we’re in a perfect place to have solar on our homes and benefit all year long,” said Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann, “The benefit is because it helps us reduce our carbon emissions and carbon footprint so that we can meet the Governor’s goal, and it helps residents to save on their electrical bills. The program also led to more than $1 million of economic stimulus to the local solar market. It’s a win-win for the community, the homeowner, and the environment.”

The solarize group purchasing program model began in Portland, and because it gathers together groups of individuals to go solar, it garners the best price to install solar as well as a myriad of educational opportunities to teach residents.  It’s been so successful that it has since been replicated in communities across the United States.

Allen Energy, Sunrun and California Solar Electric are the three vetted installers working with the program and partnered to assist with solar installations.

For a limited time only, the 2015 Solarize Ventura program offers deeply discounted pricing, preselected solar contractors, and a free independent solar advisor to walk you through the entire process. Federal and State tax credits are also available to help make solar even more affordable.

“The reason why we’re so interested in getting residents to go solar,” said Joe Yahner, Manager, City of Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability Division, “is that it reduces electricity use significantly and that reduces carbon emissions.  Last year alone, the 62 homeowners who went solar reduced carbon emissions by 130 metric tons!  This helps support the statewide goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20% from 1990 levels.”

SOLARIZE VENTURA WORKSHOPS

Throughout the Solarize Ventura program duration, CEC offers free educational workshops across the City. These workshops, attended by more than 250 local homeowners last year, explained the benefits of switching to solar, different financing options and how going solar can lead to savings on energy bills.

Community members are invited to attend a FREE informational workshop to learn more about going solar:

•Tuesday, May 12, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Ventura City Hall, Community Meeting Room, 501 Poli Street
•Tuesday, June 2 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Sacred Heart Church, 10800 Henderson Road, Ventura
•Tuesday, June 23 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Ventura City Hall, Community Meeting Room, 501 Poli Street

Solarize Ventura is made possible through a partnership between the City of Ventura and the Community Environmental Council. To learn more, visit http://solarizeventura.org

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Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV

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