Solarize Your Community

Solarize campaigns help homes and business in the same area go solar together through locally organized community outreach. Working side by side, Solarize members can negotiate rates collectively, select an installer competitively, and decrease up-front costs associated with going solar. Solarize campaigns have helped hundreds of households and businesses access clean, locally produced power throughout the State.

There are two types of Solarize campaigns.

Rooftop Solar
Rooftop Solarize campaigns focus on getting a group of homes and businesses in an area to install solar panels directly on their properties. Rooftop solar installations offer a way to harness the power of the sun through panels installed on the roof of the home or business.

Community Solar
Community Solar Solarize campaigns focus on getting a group of homes and businesses in an area to start or join community solar projects. Community solar projects are an array of solar panels installed in a sunny, offsite location. Community solar allows residents and businesses to benefit from solar if they can’t (or don’t want to) install panels on their respective properties.

Participants in community solar projects get credits toward their electricity bill by subscribing to a local clean energy project. Community solar installations must be built within the same electricity service areas, as determined by utilities and transmission operators. Visit this map to see where community solar installations are being developed near you.

Solarize Overview Materials 

NY-Sun has developed these materials to support communities in organizing Solarize campaigns. If you have additional questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Rooftop Solarize Campaign Templates and Tips

Once you have established a rooftop Solarize campaign, use the following templates and tools to solicit proposals from solar installers, conduct media outreach, and market your campaign to new members.

Installer Request for Proposal (RFP)

Marketing Materials

Outreach Resources

Tips for Working with Media

Community Solar Solarize Campaign Templates and Tips

Once you have established a Community Solar Solarize campaign, use the following templates and tools to solicit proposals from solar installers, conduct media outreach, and market your campaign to potential subscribers.

Installer Request for Proposal (RFP)