Solarize Garfield County

Solarize Garfield County is a time-limited, bulk-purchase program to accelerate the adoption of grid-tied solar PV installations at private residences and businesses. The purpose of the program is to increase renewable energy, decrease carbon emissions, create jobs and diversify the local economy of Garfield County.

Solar installation companies are invited to submit bids for the exclusive contract to do the installs and other required tasks relating to the program’s implementation. The deadline to respond to the RFP is Jan. 27, 2021. The public enrollment period is scheduled to run from March 1 to June 4, 2021, with installations to occur after that.

Solarize Garfield County is a program of Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) and Garfield Clean Energy. Solar Energy International is providing technical assistance through its Solar Forward program.

Click here to download the RFP.

Please direct questions or feedback regarding this RFP to Maisa Metcalf at maisa@cleanenergyeconomy.net.

Why Solarize?

Solarize Garfield County is designed to overcome common barriers to purchasing a PV system:

  • Consumer confidence – Solarize is designed to bring residents interested in PV together, provide them with accurate information, competitive pricing and an easy start.
  • Cost – CLEER will conduct extensive outreach and marketing to generate strong qualified leads, enabling the selected installer to offer competitive pricing, often discounted below their typical installation prices. Their pricing is also tiered, meaning the cost goes down for everyone as more residents sign up to go solar.
  • Complexity – For many residents, the most complicated aspect of going solar is knowing where to begin. Solarize is all about providing an easy starting point. The program will provide useful resources such as remote site assessment forms, a financing guide, energy efficiency and solar energy resources and FAQs.
  • Inertia – A critical component of any Solarize program is its deadline. To participate, residents must sign a contract with the Solarize installer by a predetermined date after outreach ends in order to take advantage of the special tiered pricing offer. This deadline helps motivate residents to take action. The tiered pricing structure serves as a motivator for residents to encourage one another to take action, since more neighbors going solar means lower prices for everyone.