Neighbors all around the country are getting together and going solar as a group. You can too!
Have you ever saved money by buying in bulk at Costco? People all over the country are buying solar in bulk and saving money in the process.
Called “solar bulk purchase, “solar group purchase,” or “Solarize,” these programs help groups of homeowners or organizations purchase solar systems together. Typically, the group selects a single contractor to install systems on each of their homes, but each participant owns their own system and signs their own contract with the installer.
Bulk purchases are often better than going it alone because participants can save money, thanks to economies of scale. For example, about 30% of the cost of a residential system is the cost to installers of finding customers. If a group is able to present an installer with a set of pre-screened customers, the installer can pass that 30% savings onto customers.
Another advantage of a group purchase is that it is easier to navigate the process of getting solar bids, and dealing with permits, state agencies, and your utility, since you have the support of other group members throughout the process.
To find a program in your area, check out our list of bulk purchase programs around the United States.
Can’t find a program in your community? Help start one! This page also includes information and instructions for starting your own community bulk purchase. All it takes is finding a few neighbors who are interested in going solar!
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