Solarize OKC to host educational virtual town hall Tuesday

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Solarize OKC, a new coalition led by the City’s Office of Sustainability and other local organizations, invites Oklahoma City residents and business owners to attend one of two upcoming educational events.

A virtual town hall will be at 6:30 p.m. June 7 via this Zoom link. An open house will be held June 14 at 1825 N. Walnut Ave, the headquarters location of EightTwenty, which is Solarize OKC’s installation partner. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the program begins at 5:30 p.m. Both events are free to attend.

Topics during the town hall and open house include the benefits of solar energy, opportunities to sign up for free solar evaluations, information about group-purchasing discounts, and federal tax credit information.

More than 120 Oklahoma City residents and business owners have signed up for solar evaluations at their properties since the launch of the Solarize OKC May 10.

“Oklahomans are showing overwhelming interest in transitioning their energy consumption to solar,” said Don Moreland, President of Solar Crowdsource and administrator of the campaign. “We are thrilled by the response and are eager to continue spreading the word for how local residents and business owners can play a collective role in achieving a large discount to install solar by Sept. 30.”

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The first Solarize OKC residential solar contract is currently underway, and more than 50 kW of solar power is scheduled to be installed so far. As a result, the current group discount rate through Solarize OKC is at 32%. Through increased community participation, residents could save up to 40% by the end of the campaign.

“I was very impressed with EightTwenty’s sales process and presentation,” said Sara Ivey, the first homeowner to sign up for an installation under Solarize OKC. “They provided a transparent product with us. The process has been enjoyable, and we look forward to the next steps.”

Solarize Oklahoma City is a campaign forged and supported by a local public-private coalition involving RestoreOKC, the City of Oklahoma City’s Office of Sustainability, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG), the Oklahoma Solar AssociationOKC Beautiful, the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council, the Oklahoma Compost and Sustainability Association (OCASA)Fertile Ground Cooperative and Solar CrowdSource. Lowering the cost of solar-energy and battery-storage installations through the power of bulk purchasing, reducing contractor acquisition costs, and transferring those savings to residents and businesses is the campaign’s goal.