How Solarize Allegheny Works
Communities apply to participate in Solarize Allegheny as part of a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and then are chosen based on their interest in clean energy and their ability to reach out to their residents and businesses. In Phase 1, we selected four communities to participate – Moon Township, South Fayette Township, Point Breeze neighborhood in the City of Pittsburgh and the coalition of Etna and Millvale. Phase 2 began in late June 2015 and will include Ross Township and the City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill and the team of Friendship, Highland Park and Morningside. The RFP process is open to any municipality in Allegheny County or City of Pittsburgh neighborhood (or a coalition of up to three communities). Depending on continued funding, there will be up to five phases of Solarize with at least four or five communities in each phase. Phase 3 is to be determined.
Once chosen, each community’s Solarize campaign will combine robust on-the-ground outreach linking together neighbors, businesses, schools, faith communities and others. Solarize Allegheny will also utilize a cutting edge online platform where residents and businesses have the opportunity to compare multiple quotes from participating, pre-screened, qualified southwestern Pennsylvania installers to find the best solar solution for their needs.
The Solarize Allegheny partners and community volunteers will work with local communities to spread the word about the benefits of Solarize Allegheny and help residents and business buy solar. Together we will double the amount of solar in our county during the entire campaign.