NC WARN offered a Solarize Chatham program in 2014 and again in 2015. The 2014 program is the most successful Solarize program in the state to date. Read more below.
The program generated funds to seed a revolving loan fund that we hope will allow solar to be installed on all future homes built by Chatham Habitat for Humanity. Read more here.
A total of 113 Chatham residents signed up for a free solar assessment. Seventeen signed contracts totaling 89 kW of new solar power, which means we reached pricing Tier 2.
Our 2014 program ran from June 1 through July 31 and 460 Chatham County residents signed up for a free solar assessment. Sixty-four of those signed contracts to have solar installed on their rooftops. Those installations will result in 330 kW of new solar power generation, qualifying all Solarize Chatham participants for Tier 5, the highest level of discount pricing.
Solarize Chatham is the most successful Solarize program in North Carolina to date, with more solar rooftops and more kilowatts than any of the other programs. On March 16, 2015, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution praising the Solarize Chatham program and encouraging the use of solar and other renewable energy. The resolution was proposed by John Graybeal, who installed solar on his own home during the program.
Read a November 12, 2014 Triangle Business Journal article about Solarize Chatham.
John Graybeal of Pittsboro writes: “We have been extremely pleased with our solar panels. For several months in the spring they reduced our electric bill to zero dollars. Last month when we used more air-conditioning, the bill was $25. Of course the solar panels weren’t exactly free, but their contribution to our monthly budget has been quite amazing.”