Solar Over Louisville

Solar Over Louisville

The Solar Over Louisville solarize campaign will give Louisville households the opportunity to reduce their energy bills and support the city’s 100% clean energy goals by investing in solar. The campaign will give households bulk-purchasing power to obtain discounted wholesale rates for solar installation.

Louisville Metro Government is launching this campaign in partnership the Louisville Sustainability Council. The first workshop to provide more information about Solar Over Louisville will be Wednesday, November 17, at 6 p.m. during the Council's monthly Green Drinks program.

Participation in Solar Over Louisville solarize campaign will:

  • Make investing in solar easy by connecting participants with a vetted, community-selected solar installer and providing a step-by-step walk-through of the solar installation process. Learn more about installing solar here.
  • Support local solar jobs.
  • Reduce your energy bill.
  • Help Louisville meet its goal of using 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040.

The city has received technical support from the Rocky Mountain Institute, which runs an inclusive residential solar  program.

 

Selecting a Solar Installer Partner

Louisville Metro will issue an Request for Proposal seeking a solar installation company to provide installations for the campaign. All solar installations will remain individual contracts between the household and the solar installer; the city will not assume any liability related to the installation.

When selecting an installer, Louisville Metro will consider:

  • Affordability of pricing and financing options
  • Add-ons such as energy efficiency upgrades, roof repairs, and other home upgrades
  • Number of local jobs supported
  • Quality and longevity of the company's work history

 

Why is a residential solar program needed?

Residential buildings account for 27.4% of Louisville's Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and the 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 chance, 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.

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