Success of Solarize Anchorage Campaign Highlights Potential of Renewable Energy Campaigns in Alaska

Solarize AnchorageInformation Insights wants to congratulate the Alaska Center and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) for a successful Solarize Anchorage Campaign in the Airport Heights neighborhood. Their community outreach and commercial partnership with Anchorage Solar resulted in an additional thirty sets of solar panels installed this summer, with several of the houses involved going to net zero energy purchasing throughout the year.  They reduced the high upfront costs of purchasing and installing solar panels by pursuing volume discounts and minimized the complexity of installation through community outreach.

Their success translates to a victory for renewable energy in Alaska, as it shows the price reductions possible due to community coordination and bulk purchasing.  The campaign is based on a host of successful projects throughout the Lower 48.  Kristen Collins from the Alaska Center gave a presentation at the request of Information Insights.

The Airport Heights campaign is wrapping up and an overview of the campaign will be prepared this fall. The success of this program opens up the possibility for larger solarize campaigns in Anchorage and across both urban and rural Alaska, and it can be translated into campaigns for heat pumps or other energy equipment.

Visit the campaign’s website at https://akcenter.org/climate-clean-energy/solarize-anchorage/ if you would like to find out more about their campaign or email kristen@akcenter.org for information about organizing your neighbors for your own campaign.