Solar Over Louisville

Solar Over Louisville

DEADLINE TO ENROLL FOR SOLAR OVER LOUISVILLE 2022 IS CLOSED.

Solar Over Louisville 2023 is expected to open enrollments in February 2023. Please keep an eye on this website for more information.

In the meantime, please explore these resources from Louisville Metro Government's Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability:

·         Installing solar in Louisville 

·         Choosing a solar installer (includes KYSES's consumer guide to avoid scam installers, how to check if your installer is licensed, and KYSES's list of local installers)

·         Cool Roof Incentive Program and other renewable energy and energy efficiency information

·         Sign up for Louisville Metro's monthly sustainability e-newsletter

·         Sign up for the Louisville Sustainability Council's sustainability e-newsletter. You 

can also stay in touch by following us on social media Solar Over Louisville (Facebook), @SolarOverLouisville (Instagram), and @SolarOverLou (Twitter).

 

About Solar Over Louisville

Louisville Metro Government has partnered with the Louisville Sustainability Council to launch the Solar Over Louisville solarize campaign to give households in the greater Louisville region the opportunity to go solar together and support the city’s 100% clean energy goals. The campaign gives households bulk-purchasing power to obtain discounted wholesale rates for solar installation.

Going solar will:

  • Reduce your energy bills
  • Potentially increase your property’s value
  • Support local solar jobs
  • Help Louisville meet its goal of using 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040

Solar Over Louisville makes investing in solar easy by connecting participants with a vetted solar installer, providing a step-by-step walk-through of the solar installation process, and helping participants access discounted rates on solar. For Solar Over Louisville 2022, our selected solar installation partner, Solar Energy Solutions, was offering a 12-19% discount.

 

Solar Installation Partner

Solar Energy Solutions (SES) has been selected to be the official solar installation partner for the Solar Over Louisville solarize campaign. SES is the region's largest and most experienced solar design, engineering, and construction company with projects in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and the surrounding states. SES is also the region's leading Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer.  Founded in Kentucky in 2006, SES has more than 2,000 active photovoltaic and battery storage projects in the residential, commercial and utility arenas throughout the tri-state region and beyond. SES has also participated in solarize campaigns in Lexington, Cincinnati, Bloomington, Indianapolis, and other regional counties.

A review panel consisting of Louisville Metro Government, Louisville Sustainability Council, and community solar advocates worked together to select the vetted installer through a rigorous competitive process. Some factors that were considered when selecting an installer were:

  • Affordability of pricing and financing options
  • Quality of and longevity of the company's work history
  • Quality of hardware and warranties, and
  • Number of local jobs supported

All solar installations will remain individual contracts between the household and the solar installer. Louisville Metro Government will not assume any liability related to the installation.

 

Solar Grant Program 

The Solar Grant Program is closed for 2022 and will not be accepting further applications.

To extend the energy cost savings benefits of the Solar Over Louisville campaign to low-moderate income residents, Louisville Metro Government will be offering limited Solar Grant funds to assist a handful of income qualified property owners in Louisville/Jefferson County by covering the cost of solar installation. Unfortunately, due to limited grant funds and high interest in this program, we are closing further applications for the grant program this year. We hope to expand this program in future years to increase the accessibility of clean energy to more Louisvillians. We thank you for your interest.

 

Why is a Residential Solar Program Needed?

Residential buildings account for 27.4% of Louisville's Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Louisville Metro has a goal to install solar energy on 50% of homes by 2050. Rooftop solar has the potential to reduce individuals' energy burden while acting against climate change, but it has not yet lived up to its potential nationwide due to barriers, including lack of solar education and outreach, cost, and issues related to homeownership such as roof conditions or low homeownership rates. Solarize programs like Solar Over Louisville are effective at reducing these barriers and helping residents more easily access the far-reaching benefits of solar.

For this campaign, Louisville has received technical support from the Rocky Mountain Institute, which runs an inclusive residential solar program.

Clean Energy Ambassador Program

Why is a residential solar program needed?

Residential buildings account for 27.4% of Louisville's Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Louisville Metro has a goal to install solar energy on 50% of homes by 2050. Rooftop solar has the potential to reduce individuals' energy burden while acting against climate change, but it has not yet lived up to its potential nationwide due to barriers, including lack of solar education and outreach, cost, and issues related to homeownership such as roof conditions or low homeownership rates. Solarize programs like Solar Over Louisville are effective at reducing these barriers and helping residents more easily access the far-reaching benefits of solar.

For this campaign, Louisville has received technical support from the Rocky Mountain Institute, which runs an inclusive residential solar program.

Additional Programs

Individuals, businesses and organizations also can take advantage of the following programs through the Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability:

·  Cool Roof Incentive Program

·  Energy Project Assessment District (EPAD) program

·  Green Fleet Challenge

·  Commercial Energy Star Program

·  Residential and Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

·  Communities Local Energy Action Program Pilot

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