It’s difficult to discuss solar options without having to talk about community solar. In many areas of the nation (and the world), homeowners and renters can’t install personal solar panels to take advantage of the affordable renewable resource. Being a new concept, organizations and non-profit groups have led a community solar workshop. One of the latest will be the start of OC Goes Solar’s 2020 community-led solar drive.
The fourth-annual solar drive will kick off on July 8th, 2020, with a community solar workshop. According to OC Goes Solar’s (OCGS) director, Senait Forthal, the solar drive is a multifaceted event that is ultimately held to help spread awareness of solar and renewable energy options. During the drive, homeowners can buy solar panels at a discounted rate.
OCGS works with trusted contractors to help deliver affordable and streamlined solar to residents of Irvine. The group utilizes the drive to help simplify purchasing solar panels by eliminating the need to know and outright understand available tax credits and determine the best option for their needs. With its trusted contractors, OCGS ensures that prospective solar customers don’t have to worry about those aspects. The first solar drive was held in 2017 and resulted in 60 homeowners opting in for rooftop solar.
As the annual event became bigger, OCGS decided to add more elements to it. For the 2020 drive, the community solar workshop will include information on what community solar is and how it can benefit the community. Along with the original purpose fo the drive, OCGS is looking to help advance the use of solar options throughout Orange County.
The workshop will also help the group realize its goal of providing information on possible solar installations that may serve low-income communities. For this, OCGS is turning to a state-funded program called DAC-SASH, a free solar program designed to help route solar energy to these communities.