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Solar Energy Discount Now Available to 23 Million in U.S.

1BOG is organizing a 15% solar energy installation discount to more than 23 million peopleResidents of Orange County, Inland Empire, and the southern part of New Jersey have joined Los Angeles to become the newest areas of the U.S. that now have access to a 15% group discount on home solar energy installations. The discount is offered by 1BOG (One Block Off the Grid), an organization that helps you buy home solar power by pre-negotiating the discount with solar energy companies, then putting together groups of potential buyers.  All together, 1BOG is now available to more than 23 million people.

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1BOG, which hosts CleanTechnica, has the goal of bringing solar energy out of the margins of U.S. power consumption and into the mainstream.  To that end, the discount system is designed to be user friendly and informative. Joining the group is free, and members receive free guidance on solar energy before deciding whether or not to go ahead with the installation.

Taking the Mystery out of Solar Energy

1BOG has established installation and performance standards for its installers, which include Heliopower (Orange County and Inland Empire), Trinity Solar (Southern New Jersey), and REC Solar (Los Angeles).  All of the details are available on the organization’s website, including specific information on the solar panels used by each company, along with general information on different types of solar panels.  Once signed up, group members are contacted to determine if their home could make a suitable site for a solar installation.  If they are interested in moving forward, the installer will get in touch and perform a free home assessment.

Solar Energy for Everyone

Between shade trees and other factors, not every home is suitable for solar energy.  Home owners who can’t get an individual solar installation can take heart, though.  In at least one shade-rich neighborhood, residents have pooled their resources to finance and install a central community-based solar array at a church, and utility-based solar installations are spreading rapidly, too.

For more information about 1BOG group discount campaigns, see:

Image: Sunlit house (altered) by bcgrote on flickr.com.

 

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