The first Solarize Garland group purchase project has officially come to a close on August 15. Eight solar PV systems with a total capacity of 36 kW DC were installed. Solarized Garland help raise awareness of solar PV in Garland. The Mayor, GP&L and North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) were represented at least at one of our meetings. Sixty three people signed up for the interest list, 29 enrolled in the group purchase program, 20 people decided to get their homes evaluated for solar and get a quote and 8 people purchased systems. There were thousands of visits to the web site.
One of the keys to the success of the Solarize Garland program was the GP&L solar incentive program which provided a utility bill credit of up to $5,000 for qualifying solar PV systems. The 30% federal tax credit and the decreasing cost of solar also made the systems affordable and played into people’s decisions to go solar.
Plans for next Solarize Garland program have not yet started. Watch this website for the next project. In the meantime, a volunteer from Solarize Garland would be happy to talk to your neighborhood, church, school or civic group about going solar. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.