Solarize: A Grassroots Solar Revolution!

Registration for Solarize Durham ended April 15. Over 370 Durham homeowners signed up to investigate the possibility of going solar! We’ll post more details as they become available.

Making Rooftop Solar Power Cheaper and Easier Than Ever

Climate and energy nonprofit NC WARN has adapted a highly successful program to expand solar power on homes and businesses in Durham.

Solarize Durham helps homeowners generate most of their own electricity and sell excess power back to Duke Energy. Power bill savings start the day the system is installed, locking in low-cost clean energy for 25 years or more.

Through bulk purchasing and neighbor-to-neighbor marketing, Solarize Durham cuts pricing by up to 32% from retail solar prices that have already fallen by 80% in recent years.

Solarize Durham uses high-quality equipment chosen with technical support from the NC Solar Center and installed by one of North Carolina’s leading solar companies, locally-based Yes! Solar Solutions.

Yes! Solar Solutions will perform a free site assessment and recommend a system sized appropriately for your roof and your electricity usage. An average home might use 3 to 5 kilowatts.

The more customers participate, the lower the price. The table below shows Tier 1 pricing (approximately 12 or fewer homes participating). If approximately 75 homes participate (Tier 5), prices will be about 10% below those shown here.

Example pricing at Tier 1 (installed price)
System size Average
retail price
Upfront Solarize price Net cost after 30% Federal
and 35% NC tax credits*
3 kW $14,000-$17,000 $11,760 $4,116
5 kW $21,000-$23,000 $19,300 $6,755
7 kW $26,000-$28,000 $26,110 $9,138
* Whether you can take full advantage of the tax credits depends on your individual tax situation. Consult your tax advisor. More details here.

The Solarize model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Durham is pioneering a way to make solar power accessible to low-income homeowners. Your participation helps share solar savings with others!