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Even Idaho Power Says ‘Solarize the Valley’ is a Good Idea – So Power Up, Folks!


The Snake River Alliance’s “Solarize the Valley” partnership to match southwest Idaho homes and businesses with rock-solid solar installers offering low solar prices continues to gain traction, with more than 250 Idaho Power residential and commercial customers signing up for free assessments to help see if solar power’s a good fit for them.

Even Idaho Power is starting to show Solarize the Valley some love, with company CEO Darrel Anderson telling the City Club of Boise June 16 that Idaho Power thinks the program is a good idea and that he wishes the Alliance well in meeting its ambitious target of 250 kilowatts of new installed rooftop solar power this year.

Solarize the Valley is a groundbreaking program in which Idaho Power customers in Ada and Canyon Counties can combine with solar installers selected by the Snake River Alliance to

make it easier and cheaper than ever to install solar panels on their rooftops and slash their monthly power bills. Understanding that shopping for and installing solar panels on your rooftop can be an intimidating experience, Solarize the Valley helps navigate the process by doing much of the consumers’ homework, including negotiating competitive prices for high quality, American-made solar panels.

Site Based Energy, a Hailey-based firm, is working with commercial participants in the program. Residential customers are working with AltEnergy, a company that works in a number of states. Both companies are also participating another Solarize program, “Solarize Blaine,” aimed at helping Wood River Valley homes and businesses make the jump to solar. Combined, Idaho’s two new Solarize programs are showing our utility customers are fired up about wanting Idaho Power to plug into the sun.

All interested homeowners and business owners in Ada and Canyon can sign up now by going to the Snake River Alliance’s Solarize website at to schedule a free on-site assessment from a professional installer. The sign-up phase of the campaign runs through July 2016. Home and business owners can also attending the last of four planned informational workshops at 6:30 p.m. June 22 at the Boise Co-op at the Village at 2350 N. Eagle Rd. in Meridian.

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