In many places in the country, people are working to take advantage of that tremendous solar potential. In Massachusetts, citizens and leaders at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center developed a bulk-buying initiative called the “Solarize Massachusetts” program. The idea is that solar power installations are less expensive when lots of people get together to purchase or lease systems for their rooftops. Since the program started in 2011, all of the participating communities have greatly increased the number of households with solar power.
In the Solarize Massachusetts initiative, “each participating community selects a designated solar installation company, which offers five tiers of pricing with the savings increasing as more contracts are signed.” In other words, it is similar to buying in bulk at a co-op or member-based store (Costco, BJ’s, etc.). Solar installations are more affordable for teams of households than they would be for individual households.
You can learn more at Solarize Mass, or you can search for community solar programs in your area to substitute a local example. But don’t be afraid to use this example if you don’t live in Massachusetts. Pilot testing showed that visitors found examples from other regions interesting and inspirational.