The Solarize Fairfax County campaign ends its third year with more property owners signing contracts to convert to solar energy. This year’s campaign, which ran from April 16 through June 14, ended with 57 signed contracts for solar installations valued at $1.4 million for a total of 564 kW. Since the Solarize Fairfax County campaign kicked off in 2017, 156 solar contracts have been signed with the potential to generate more than 1.8 million kWh of renewable energy each year. That is the equivalent of preventing greenhouse gas emissions from 274 cars driven each year.
Fairfax County sponsors the annual Solarize campaign to help residents and businesses reduce the cost and complexity of investing in solar energy. Participants receive free on-site solar assessments, a bulk purchase discount, vetted contractors, community workshops and support.
Fairfax County partners with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the nonprofit Local Energy Alliance Program to offer this campaign. By aggregating multiple customers together and selecting contractors through competitive bids, Solarize 2019 was able to offer prices 17% less than the Virginia average for a 6 kW system.
Fairfax County has made solar energy a priority and recently became the first community to receive a Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for taking bold action to encourage solar energy growth by removing obstacles to solar development.