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How to Convince Your Community to Switch to Solar Power


| 8/28/2017 11:22:00 PM



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Thanks to improvements in solar technology, significant reductions in cost and incentive programs, going solar is a feasible goal for many communities. Convincing your community that it’s a good idea can be a challenge in itself, though. Here are a few tips to help you get your neighbors and local businesses on board.

Scale Community Solar with Institutional Buyers

Solar energy could take on many different forms in your community. Individuals can place solar panels on their rooftops to power their homes. Community solar projects involve installing a group of solar panels that generate electricity for people in the area to use. If your utility offers solar, you may even be able to easily switch without installing anything.

Larger establishments such as businesses, schools, offices and government buildings consume a lot of energy and are often leaders of the community. That’s why it’s especially important to convince them to switch. If these organizations produce more energy than they need, they could even sell some of it back to the grid for consumers to use.

Form a Coalition

Convincing your community to go solar is a big undertaking, so forming a team of people to help you will go a long way. Seek out groups that may be interested, such as environmental advocates, energy industry workers or technology enthusiasts. Create your own organization or form a committee within an already-established group.



After you’ve begun building your team, hold meetings to develop plans. Do your best to make appearances at local events, contact the local paper about what you’re doing, and place flyers around town in order to spread awareness and attract more participants.



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