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Open Neighborhoods announces a regional solar initiative and comparison shopping service for residential, commercial, tax exempt property owners and multi-family communities in greater Los Angeles seeking to reduce utility bills with solar energy.
GoSolar.LA launches this week with a new website at www.GoSolar.LAproviding free services including information about solar rebates and incentives available throughout the region; an interactive LA County Solar Map; ratings and reviews of local solar contractors, equipment and financing options; and pre-negotiated solar bulk purchasing discounts resulting in significant savings for program participants.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH LEADING SOLAR COMPANIES
The GoSolar.LA program launches in partnership with environmental services provider Antea Group and local solar installers including REC Solar, PermaCity, Enfinity America Corporation, Solar Forward and SolarCon. Participating contractors specialize in a diverse range of installations for solar electricity and solar hot water heating systems — from small and custom residential to commercial, large industrial, tax exempt and multi-family properties.
Affordable financing options available through the GoSolar.LA program include low-interest loans, zero-down leases, power purchase agreements (PPA), and rooftop rental programs financed by industry leaders including SunRun, SunPower, Clean Power Finance, Perlight, Tioga Energy, Wells Fargo and PNC Bank.
LOWEST COST RESIDENTIAL SOLAR ACROSS STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Bulk purchasing discounts result in significant savings for GoSolar.LA participants. The Open Neighborhoods Community Solar program in LA County was recognizedin a recent Bay Area Smart Energy 2020 report for offering the lowest cost residential solar in the state of California.
The GoSolar.LA program sets a new bar in affordability with small residential systems now available starting at $4,160 per kilowatt (DC), small-scale commercial systems (>30kW) available at $3,850 per kilowatt, and large-scale industrial systems (>1MW) as low as $2,250 per kilowatt.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SOLAR MAP
Utilizing the LA County Solar Map (GoSolar.LA/map), property owners are able to search for their property address, view a color-coded solar analysis of their rooftop, and download a free printable solar evaluation of their property.
Provided by the County of Los Angeles, the Solar Map uses satellite imagery and other data sources to instantly calculate roof size, area suitable for solar, size system you can install, amount of electricity that can be generated, dollar savings per year on electric bills, and your solarized roof's projected carbon emissions reductions.
ONLINE BIDDING AND SHOPPING COMPARISON
GoSolar.LA provides a solar marketplace for greater Los Angeles — with an innovative online bidding service allowing property owners to request a quote and receive a free consultation from the best qualified local solar installer for the project.
Participating contractors were selected in a competitive bidding process in which proposals were solicited and evaluated from a wide range of vendors — and vetted for contractor license certification, insurance coverage and customer references.
The GoSolar.LA website offers a unique comparison shopping experience for property owners to evaluate the various solar energy systems, contractors, and financing programs available through the program — and browse ratings and reviews submitted by other users and program participants.
To participate in GoSolar.LA, interested property owners can sign up to request a free solar assessment at GoSolar.LA/free-assessment. Alternatively they can call (310) 893-3100 to speak with a solar professional.
SOLAR REWARDS AND FUNDRAISER PROGRAMS
GoSolar.LA seeks to increase public awareness about solar energy and engage neighborhood communities with local incentives. The program's low prices reflect economies of scale achieved by streamlining the installation process with group projects.
Open Neighborhoods and participating GoSolar.LA contractors are offering rewards and incentive programs to encourage multiple participants to install solar within a single neighborhood. GoSolar.LA rewards programs benefit schools and non-profits, green businesses, and clean energy advocates who assist in referring new solar projects into the program.
More information is available at GoSolar.LA/rewards.
“We are pleased to see the level of commitment that participating GoSolar.LA contractors have demonstrated to making solar energy more affordable for property owners in greater Los Angeles. The competitive prices being offered, high level of transparency, and diverse range of financing options is unprecedented,” said Open Neighborhoods President James Brennan.
About Open Neighborhoods
A Certified B Corporation with high standards of transparency and accountability and a commitment to social and environmental performance, Open Neighborhoods serves as a steering committee member of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action & Sustainability. The company was founded in 2008 to provide neighborhood communities with clean energy solutions. The company's proprietary SunShopper™ platform provides a unique comparison shopping experience and online bidding service for rooftop solar. More information at www.openneighborhoods.net.
About Antea Group
Antea Group is a leading innovator providing renewable energy solutions, energy efficiency strategies, water stewardship practices and policies; including strategy/program development, community outreach, optimization of existing technologies combined with entrepreneurial solutions for new and emerging technologies, energy conservation and renewable energy plans, and aligning key stakeholders for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Antea Group has a history of proven performance excellence for its clients in California, nationally, and globally. More information at us.anteagroup.com.
About REC Solar
REC Solar, Inc. specializes in the design and construction of grid‐tied, solar electric power systems, offering affordable solar solutions for residential, commercial, government and utility consumers. REC Solar is a full solar solution provider, offering comprehensive solar electric solutions that include state of‐the‐art equipment, expert engineering design, top‐quality construction, on‐going service and support with affordable financing programs. More information at www.recsolar.com.
PermaCity has been an innovator from the start; offering specialized end-to-end solutions for commercial, industrial, government and residential projects. PermaCity delivers competitive installation pricing, including bulk-rate aggregation pricing from the world’s largest and highest quality equipment suppliers. In the new world of solar, a PermaCity project is known for system longevity, architectural aesthetics, and highest performance. More information at www.permacity.com.
About Enfinity America Corporation
Enfinity is a full-service solar energy provider delivering best-in-class solar solutions to commercial, municipal and utility customers. The company offers a single point of contact for solar development and finance, EPC services, and on-going operations and maintenance of PV systems and is accountable for delivering results on time and on budget. With a portfolio of over $1 billion in solar projects under asset management, Enfinity takes pride of place in being among the top ten solar developers in the world. More information at www.enfinitycorp.com.
About Solar Forward
Located in Santa Monica, Solar Forward is a locally owned and operated solar system design and installation company. Solar Forward is an Elite SunPower Dealer, the highest level of authorization granted by SunPower. Solar Forward provides residential solar electric and emergency battery back-up services, and residential and commercial solar thermal installation. We are a full service provider, managing all steps of the process from pulling permits to applying for rebates. More information at www.solarforward.com.
SolarCon was established 2009 as a green energy company based in Los Angeles specializing in energy auditing, weatherization and solar technology. By using building science methodology, SolarCon has a fully integrated, vertical business model offering comprehensive, turnkey solar solutions that include state-of-the art equipment, expert engineering design, top-quality construction, on-going service and support. More information at www.gosolarcon.com.