Solarize Santa Barbara  Offer extended through August 31, 2014.

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You can go solar. We can help.

Solarize Santa Barbara is a Community Environmental Council (CEC) program that makes simple and affordable for local homeowners to go solar. Our group purchasing model helps local homeowners install solar electricity at a discounted price through a streamlined and hassle-free process. CEC’s 2011 and 2012 Solarize Santa Barbara Programs helped 82 local homeowners go solar!

WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE?

Local homeowners who meet these three simple qualifications are eligible for savings through the Solarize Santa Barbara progam:

    Live within the service territory (Gaviota, Goleta, Montecito, Santa Barbara and the surrounding unincorporated areas);
    Own a suitable home for solar installation;
    Sign a contract with one of our pre-qualified installers a designated Solarize program time period (May 20 – August 16).

HOW DOES SOLARIZE SANTA BARBARA WORK?

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

Solarize Santa Barbara 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 directly to CEC. This fee helps CEC continue to promote renewable energy in the Central Coast region and be self-sustaining, at no additional cost to the homeowner.

SOLARIZE GROUP PURCHASING: A PROVEN MODEL

Solarize Santa Barbara is designed after similar successful Solarize programs in cities such as Portland, Oregon and Boston, Massachusetts. These programs have effectively built up solar markets in their communities and helped community residents go solar with less hassle and for less money. We continue to see “solarized” communities lead the nation in solar installations per capita. CEC's Solarize programs have already helped more than 250 Central Coast homeowners go solar.

WHY CHOOSE SOLARIZE SANTA BARBARA?

Solarize Santa Barbara offers homeowners:

  • Peace of mind – Solarize Santa Barbara’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, Solarize Santa Barbara 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 inverters is a common stumbling block to many solar customers. Through Solarize Santa Barbara, 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 – CEC’s Solar 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 any time.

HOW DO I SIGN UP AND LEARN MORE?

To learn more about Solarize Santa Barbara, sign up here or contact Jefferson Litten, CEC's Solarize Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (805) 963-0583 x 105.

You are also encouraged to attend a free solar workshop. At the workshops, we explain solar technologies, energy efficiency, solar financing options, and—most importantly—how going solar can save you money.

  • Tuesday, August 12
    6:30 - 8:00pm

    Unitarian Society
    of Santa Barbara
    Jefferson Hall
    1535 Santa Barbara St
  • Tuesday, September 2
    6:30 - 8:00pm

    Goleta Valley
    Community Center
    5679 Hollister Avenue
  • SIGN UP
    FOR MORE INFO

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Get Started with Solar (PDF)

Get Started with Solar Financing (PDF)

Solar Case Studies (PDF)

Driving on Sunshine (PDF)

Electric Vehicles are Here (PDF)

Get Started with Rebates and Incentives (PDF)

Go Solar California - www.gosolarcalifornia.org

SOLARIZE IN THE NEWS

Cooper, Lara. "CEC Launches Solarize Santa Barbara Program." Noozhawk. May 21, 2014.

Litten, Jefferson. "Santa Barbara Couple Reaping the Benefits of Driving on Sunshine." Noozhawk. April 8, 2014.

First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara. "Solar Panels Installed at First Congregational Church." Santa Barbara Independent. February 14, 2014.