The Snake River Alliance’s groundbreaking “Solarize the Valley” program to boost rooftop solar installations on southwest Idaho homes and businesses continues to beat expectations, blowing past the 200 kilowatt benchmark as it speeds toward its goal of 250kw and beyond.
Combined with the fabulously successful “Solarize Blaine” campaign to install new residential and commercial rooftop solar, the two initiatives have led to more than $1 million in new, privately funded, rooftop solar installations in Ada, Canyon, and Blaine counties. Organizations are still working with solar installer partners to complete contracts and schedule installations, and will then look ahead to possibly expanding the program to other areas in 2017.
Idaho Power residential customers had until July 31 to sign up with the Alliance for their free Solarize the Valley solar power assessments, and commercial customers had until Aug. 31. Those who signed up still have until Oct. 31 to sign their contracts and schedule their solar installations.
Solarize the Valley is modeled after similar successful programs across the country, starting in Portland, Oregon. Over the past several years, many Solarize programs have operated in the Northwest and across the nation. Solarize Blaine and Solarize the Valley are Idaho’s first campaigns to boost rooftop solar in the Gem State, and both have been a huge success.
Additional community supporters of the Solarize campaign include Idaho Smart Growth, the Idaho U.S. Green Building Council, the Sierra Club, Idaho Conservation League, North End Organic Nursery, Payette Brewing Co., Wheeler Homes, Fresca, Hilton Garden Inn Eagle, the Boise Consumer Co-op, Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery, and League of Women Voters.
Remember: Every kilowatt of clean solar power we’re adding to our rooftops is another kilowatt of dirty, climate-changing power that our utilities would otherwise build and put into our power bills.