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Solarize Wells Branch

Solar fever is spreading in the Austin area!  A passionate group of solar supporters is working to bring more solar to Wells Branch.

Solarize Wells BranchIt all started with a solar fair on October 28.  A couple passionate Wells Branch residents put together a great event with speakers and tabling by local solar companies, Austin Energy and Oncor (Wells Branch is split between the Austin Energy and Oncor service areas).  About 200 people from the community showed up to learn more about solar.  As one of the speakers, I provided some basic information and introduced the solarize concept – where members of a community work together to get educated about solar and pool their buying power to contract for a discount with a solar company.

Now, an enthusiastic group of Wells Branch residents have created the Solarize Wells Branch group.  They’ve already put out a request for proposals from solar installations companies.  They’re working to get residents signed up to participate in the program.

We talk a lot about policy solutions for improving the environment and human health, but direct individual action is really important too.  Going solar saves water, reduces air pollution, helps fight climate change and will save you money.  If you live in Wells Branch or a nearby neighborhood, check out the Solarize Wells Branch flier and the Solarize Wells Branch website for lots more detailed info.  Enrolling will get you connected with the organizers, who will help get your questions answered.  Don’t worry though – this doesn’t in any way commit you to actually purchasing a solar installation.

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Solarize Texas websiteLet’s Solarize Texas! Texas has more solar energy potential than any other state in the nation, but it’s going to take lots of us working together to utilize this great resource.

In 2013, Plano Solar Advocates launched the first Solarize program in Texas. The first phase of Solarize Plano was a great success and has inspired me help promote the model in other parts of the state.

Solarize is group purchasing with a strong educational component. Some programs in other states have official agency or utility backing, but many are run by nonprofit organizations and community groups.

If you are interested in getting a solar system installed on your home and want to use the opportunity to help educate others and get a discount on your installation, email me at kwhite@citizen.org.  It doesn’t take a huge group to get started, just a couple passionate volunteers.

Solarize Plano grew from a couple volunteers to a group of over 200, of which 25 are getting solar installed on their homes right now.  In fact, the program was so popular, Solarize Plano is already starting a second phase, which will likely be even more successful because of all the great community education they have already done. Solarize Garland just launched and I’m working with the enthusiastic folks at Fredericksburg SHINES to launch Solarize Fredericksburg.

Solarize is all about taking control of your own energy production, educating yourself and your community and saving money. What’s not to love about that?

Visit SolarizeTexas.org to learn more and keep track of where new Solarize Texas programs are launching.

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