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SRA Launches 2017 Solarize Program

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Snake River Alliance & Partners Solarize the Valley

Public Workshops Announced

BOISE, ID – May 8, 2017 –

Solar energy in Idaho is growing by leaps and bounds. Over the last two years several new commercial-sized solar arrays have been built in the Idaho Power service area. Idaho Power launched a pilot program offering to sell shares of a 500 kw community solar array to interested customers. By the end of 2016, the energy produced by solar in Idaho was enough to power 29,000 homes.

SRA Director Wendy Wilson announces 2017 Solarize the Valley

Today, the nonprofit group the Snake River Alliance launched the 2017 Solarize the Valley campaign. This will help even more citizens go green by installing rooftop solar across the Treasure Valley. In 2016, the first year of the project generated approximately $1 million of private investment in green energy for a total installed capacity of 314kW.

This year the Alliance’s goal is higher – to help at least 50 homes install over 350kW of solar panels. The group is offering free solar site assessments on a first-come, first-served basis starting May 8th. Two local companies, AltEnergy and Bluebird Solar and Light, will conduct the assessments and provide installation.

The Alliance has pre-negotiated prices, warranties and technical details for high quality, North American-made solar panels.  Interested homeowners and businesses should sign up online at www.solarizethevalley.org. These prices are available only for a short time. People in Ada and Canyon Counties are eligible for these prices if they sign up before July 31, 2017. People in nearby counties can also sign up for an assessment but prices may vary. For more information call 208 344 9161.

Over the next two months, the Alliance will hold public workshops to introduce residents to the Solarize the Valley program.

Public Workshops:

May 18 at Anser Public Charter School at 202 E 42nd St, Garden City, ID.

June 1st at the Boise Consumer Food Coop in the Village at Meridian.

June 13 at Riverstone International School at 5521 Warm Springs Ave, Boise, ID.

Workshops begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wendy Wilson, director of the Snake River Alliance said, “Solar panel prices have come down again this year and even more people are motivated to go solar.  This campaign makes it easier for them to take action.  It simplifies the process of investing in solar and ties into the existing Idaho Power net-metering program,”

The Snake River Alliance is a nonprofit, charitable organization with over 1,000 members in Idaho and across the country. For 38 years, the group has advocated for responsible handling of nuclear waste, energy conservation and clean energy.

Solarize the Valley 2017 Community Partners include Idaho Smart Growth, League of Women Voters, Conservation Voters for Idaho, Idaho Conservation League, Sierra Club, US Green Building Council Idaho Chapter, and the Boise Co-op.

Phil and Patti Bellan installed rooftop solar thru Solarize the Valley 2016 and now charge their electric vehicle with clean solar energy.

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