Solarize Houston is a volunteer run effort. The goals of this volunteer run program are to educate Houston residents about the benefits of solar and increase adoption of the technology. Anyone in Houston considering solar or just wanting to learn more should contact Steve Krebs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming events are on the group’s website: http://solarize-houston.org/index/events.html.
Solarize Wells Branch started with the Wells Branch Solar Energy Fair, hosted by neighborhood volunteers on October 28th. That event was very well attended by local residents who wanted to learn about solar. People got excited about the solarize model and the project has moved rapidly from there. Email email@example.com or visit wellsbranchsolar.blogspot.com if you have questions.
Solarize Plano is a project run by Plano Solar Advocates, a grassroots volunteer group of Plano citizens who’s mission is to increase awareness and use of solar energy for electricity generation in Plano. The project was announced on June 3, 2013 and by the end of October 2013, 25 contracts had been signed for a total of 120.8 kilowatts. Solarize Plano has opened up a second round of contracting, so contact the organizers if you live in Plano and are interested in getting your own solar installation.
Solarize Garland is a new group formed to increase awareness and use of solar energy for electricity generation in Garland. They are looking for volunteers and people interested in participating in a group purchase for solar installations in Garland. Going solar in Garland got more attractive after Garland Power and Light (GP&L) started offering solar rebates to customers this fall.
Residents of a neighborhood in Kyle are working with the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) and Public Citizen Texas to launch a Solarize Kyle program. Email Karen Julian (firstname.lastname@example.org), Lucy Stolzenburg (email@example.com), or Kaiba White (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested.
Solarize San Marcos
The Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) is working with a a social advertising class at Texas State to identify people interested in participating in a Solarize San Marcos program.
The North Texas Renewable Energy Group is helping people who want to Solarized from various neighborhoods in the DFW area connect. If your city doesn’t have a link to it, contact us to get started.
Other Solarize Programs:
The first Solarize program, Solarize Portland, launched on June 6, 2009 in Southeast Portland. The program, led by Portland area neighborhood associations, quickly became popular and spread to the rest of the city.
Solarize Washington is a project of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (S.E.E.D.), a nonprofit oragnization. It began on December 6, 2010 as the Solarize Queen Anne Project in partnership with Sustainable Queen Anne. 408 contracts have been signed for a total of 1,878 kilowatts as part of the Solarize Washington projects in Seattle and surrounding communities.