|The Snake River Alliance has spent the past several months working with many solar installers and technical experts to prepare our new “Solarize the Valley” campaign to take a lot of the hassle and some of the costs out of going solar. Here are some of the highlights from the news release we released today:
BOISE – (May 9, 2016) – A new program called “Solarize the Valley,” sponsored by the Snake River Alliance, is going to make rooftop solar energy more affordable and popular than ever before in the Treasure Valley, starting today. Out of the 1 million solar installations in America, less than .01% of them are in Idaho. But that’s about to change.
Rooftop solar will bloom in the Treasure Valley thanks to a groundbreaking partnership between the Alliance — Idaho’s statewide voice for clean energy — and two private solar installers, AltEnergy Inc. and Site Based Energy. These solar partners will install at least 250kW of power on rooftops and businesses in Ada and Canyon Counties in the coming year.
Solarize the Valley does much of the consumer’s homework for them – such as negotiating competitive prices for high quality, American-made solar panels. “We had a transparent process of selecting these trusted installers so our participants know they are getting a great deal,” said Wendy Wilson, interim executive director with the Snake River Alliance.
Site Based Energy, a Hailey-based firm, will work with commercial participants that sign up for Solarize the Valley. “Site Based Energy is excited to be part of this team and helping businesses and organizations reduce their energy costs,” said Project Engineer Beau Husfloen.
Residential participants will work directly with AltEnergy, a company that works in a number of states. Idaho Branch Manager Jesse Simpson said, “We have been part of similar programs in other regions that were very successful. And with over 320 days a year of sunny weather, we know the Treasure Valley Idaho is a perfect place to go solar.”
All interested homeowners and business owners in Ada and Canyon should sign up now by going to the web site www.solarizethevalley.org and get a free on-site assessment from a professional installer. The sign-up phase of the campaign runs until July 31, 2016.
The public is encouraged to learn more by attending one of four informational workshops coming up in the next 60 days.
Workshops will be held at the Caldwell Public Library, May 25, 6:30 p.m., the Hilton Garden Inn, in Eagle, June 8th at 6:30 p.m. and at the Boise Co-op at the Village, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. Read More