Solarize Santa Barbara County makes going solar easy and hassle-free

Solarize Santa Barbara County is a program by the Community Environmental Council (CEC) that makes it easier and more affordable for local homeowners to go solar. This group purchasing model helps homeowners install solar electricity at a discounted price through a streamlined and hassle-free process.

Previous Solarize Santa Barbara programs have already helped 136 homeowners go solar.

HOW DOES THE SOLARIZE PROGRAM WORK?

CEC first carefully evaluated and selected experienced two solar installer partners for the Solarize Santa Barbara County program. These installers have agreed offer a limited time, discounted price to any homeowners who go solar through the program. By gathering residents together in a community led effort, Solarize Santa Barbara County offers tremendous discounts made possible through collective purchasing. In addition to receiving a great price, Solarize participants gain the peace of mind that their installer has been vetted by a committee of experts.

Solarize Santa Barbara County 2017 is happy to announce our partnership with two vetted, local, solar companies, Brighten Solar and Planet Solar.

Solarize Santa Barbara County participants also help support CEC’s mission. Included in the purchase price is a small one-time fee ($0.15 per installed watt) that is paid by the solar installers to CEC, with no additional cost to the homeowner. This fee helps CEC continue to promote renewable energy and be self-sustaining.

WHY CHOOSE SOLARIZE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Solarize offers local homeowners:

  • Peace of mind – Solarize’s installer partners are selected through an exhaustive vetting process. CEC assembled a committee of local experts which reviewed each firm’s financials, business practices and technologies offered. The committee also checked homeowner references for each firm. Thus Solarize participants can rest assured that they are working with a proven company with a history of top quality installations and customer service.
  • Discounted pricing – Through the power of group-purchasing, CEC’s Solarize program offers a market leading price to go solar. Past Solarize pricing has been 15 – 25 % cheaper than the year- to-date average price in each local market.
  • Verified technologies – Making sure that you are getting the right solar panels and inverter is a common stumbling block to many solar customers. Through Solarize Santa Barbara County, choosing a technology is simple choice between two options: the value option and the efficiency option – both of which meet the program’s rigorous standards for technological performance.
  • A Free Solar Consultant – The Solarize Program Manager acts as your personal solar coach and advocate throughout the entire process. The program manager provides an initial consultation to all Solarize participants and is available for advice at anytime.

SOLARIZE GROUP PURCHASING: A PROVEN MODEL

Solarize Santa Barbara County is designed after similar successful Solarize programs in cities such as Portland, Oregon, Boston, Massachusetts, and regions including Ventura, Santa Ynez Valley, Ojai and San Luis Obispo County. These programs have effectively built up local solar markets and helped community residents go solar with less hassle and for less money. “Solarized” communities continue to lead the nation in solar installations per capita.

WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE?

Homeowners who meet these three simple qualifications are eligible for savings through the Solarize Santa Barbara County program:

  • Live within the service territory (Santa Barbara County)
  • Own a suitable home for solar installation
  • Sign a contract with one of our pre-qualified and vetted installers during the designated Solarize program time period.

HOW DO I SIGN UP OR LEARN MORE?

For more information about going solar, please contact info@cecsolarize.org or call (805) 963-0583 x 101 or fill out the information below.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Our resources page contains some basic information about getting started with solar, financing and rebates.