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Application to install solar on your home will re-open in spring 2024! 

The Solarize Louisville (formerly titled Solar Over Louisville) program is re-launching in early 2024! The Request For Proposals (RFP) to become a solar installation partner has been published, and the proposal submission deadline is February 19. Please note that a Notice of Intent in required to apply. We encourage all local and regional installers to apply. 

Louisville Metro Government has partnered with the Kentucky Solar Energy Society (KYSES) and the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) to launch the Solarize Louisville campaign to give households in Louisville/Jefferson county and surrounding counties 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

 

Learn more about Solar Over Louisville 2023 (archive):

Solarize Louisville makes investing in solar easy by connecting participants with vetted solar installers, providing a step-by-step walk-through of the solar installation process, and helping participants access discounted rates on solar. Our selected installers for Solarize Louisville 2023 are Solar Energy Solutions and Icon Solar Power. Both installers are offering the same standard panel price and a 15-23% discount.  In addition, Solar Over Louisville participants are also eligible for a 30% tax credit through the federal Inflation Reduction Act.

Eligible applicants: 

This program is open to all homeowners in the Louisville/Jefferson County and surrounding counties (see full list of counties below). Residential and small non-residential property owners (nonprofit, commercial, institutional, etc.) are welcome to apply. Non-residential properties will be included if the project is deemed feasible within this campaign.

Eligible areas:

Kentucky: Jefferson, Oldham, Spencer, Shelby, and Bullitt counties

Indiana: Harrison, Floyd, and Clark

Application deadline: 

Closed

Solar Installation Partners

Solar Energy Solutions (SES) is the region's largest and most experienced solar design, engineering, and construction company, with projects in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and surrounding states. Founded in Kentucky in 2006, SES has more than 2,500 active photovoltaic and battery storage projects in the residential, commercial, and utility arenas and has participated in in the inaugural campaigns last year in Louisville and campaigns in Lexington, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Bloomington.

Icon Solar Power, LLC, based in the Cincinnati metro area, is a turn-key installation company that provides consultation, design, installation, and maintenance of solar energy systems.  Icon operates in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indian and has done referral installations as far south as Tennessee.  Founded in 2009, Icon has previously been selected for Solarize programs in Ohio and Indiana.

A review panel consisting of Louisville Metro Government and Kentucky Solar Energy Society 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.

Why is this 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 program, 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 and resources through the Office of Sustainability:

·  Cool Roof Incentive Program

·  Energy Project Assessment District (EPAD) program

·  Commercial Energy Star Program

·  Residential and Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

·  Communities Local Energy Action Program Pilot

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