Mayor Greenberg’s Office of Sustainability launches Solar Over Louisville Campaign with the KYSES and LSC

March 02, 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 2, 2023) –Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, the Kentucky Solar Energy Society (KYSES) and the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) today announced the official launch of the Solar Over Louisville solarize campaign and named Solar Energy Solutions (SES) and Icon Solar Power  as the campaign’s chosen installers.

Solar Over Louisville will give households in Louisville and the broader region the opportunity to use their collective buying power to obtain discounted wholesale rates for solar installation through SES or Icon Solar Power.

“It is my goal to make Louisville a national leader in urban sustainability, and programs like Solar Over Louisville that advance clean energy while saving costs for residents and businesses are a way to get there” said Mayor Greenberg. “We are excited to partner with two trustworthy installers to make solar more accessible to Louisvillians.”

The companies will offer 15% to 23% discounts for participants that sign up through this program; the discount rate will depend on the size of the installation. Already, many people have expressed interest.

The Solar Over Louisville 2022 campaign resulted in 92 signed contracts, making it the third largest solarize campaign in the United States that year and the largest solar project in the city’s history – 53% of the installations were in in Low-Middle Income Census Tracts (<120% Area Median Income), which is higher than the national, state, and county averages.

Residential as well as small non-residential (such as small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship) property owners are welcome to apply for Solar Over Louisville. Rooftop solar has the potential to reduce individuals' energy costs while acting against climate change. Residential buildings account for over a quarter of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Sign up for Solar Over Louisville HERE                               

Quotes in support of the campaign

“The Louisville Sustainability Council is thrilled to continue our partnership with Louisville Metro Government to build off the resounding success of Louisville’s first solarize program, Solar Over Louisville,” said LSC Board Chair Ellen Trahan. “This program is designed to increase access to renewable energy by reducing the barriers of both cost and education. In the face of rising costs and economic uncertainty, we aim to ensure residents have ownership of their own affordable and sustainable electricity. Our solarize campaign is playing a critical role in reaching Louisville’s city-wide climate goals while addressing the systemic disadvantages placed on our most vulnerable community members.”

“The Kentucky Solar Energy Society (KYSES) is proud to partner with Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) in this second year of Solar Over Louisville. This Solarize program addresses two of the biggest barriers to rapid residential adoption of clean energy – cost, and the complication and uncertainty of finding fully vetted professional installers. Louisville was alone in its first Solarize campaign in Kentucky last year, but seeing its unprecedented success, Lexington and Frankfort have also launched Solarize campaigns in 2023 with KYSES’s support. Together, these campaigns will cover more than  30% of the state’s population and we expect other cities to join in each year, and grow what Louisville started into the biggest citizen solar effort this state has ever seen,” said Steve Ricketts, Board Chair of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society.

“Solar Energy Solutions was honored be Louisville’s vendor of choice for the inaugural Solar Over Louisville program in 2022 and thrilled to have been selected as a supplier for the second year in a row. SES has been the preferred supplier for many solarize campaigns in the region, and we are excited to bring our extensive experience in the engineering and installation of solar and solarize campaigns to service the citizens of Louisville in their quest to install solar energy,” said Jeffery Nazarko, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Solar Energy Solutions.

“Icon Solar is proud to have been selected to partner with the City of Louisville and Solar Energy Solutions for Solar Over Louisville. Having been selected for Solarize programs in Ohio and Indiana, we look forward to providing the same level of care and integrity that we have been trusted with in previous programs and will service Louisville and surrounding areas with the same professionalism and service. Customers can rest assured that Icon Solar will be there for them if any questions or issues ever arise. Personally, being a resident of Kentucky, I look forward to working with all of the participants who want to have the freedom to be in charge of their energy independence, “said Zach Wieber, Director of Operations at Icon Solar Power.

“Louisville Metro Government is excited to partner with Kentucky Solar Energy Society, Louisville Sustainability Council, Solar Energy Solutions, and Icon Solar Power to launch another great year of Solar Over Louisville. We are proud that last year’s program was able to install more solar in low to moderate income areas and communities of color compared to the national average, and we hope to continue to expand equitable adoption of clean energy across our city while helping residents save energy costs.” said  Sumedha Rao, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

Louisville Metro Government’s Sustainability Work

Solar Over Louisville is Louisville Metro Government’s latest program aimed at moving the city closer to is goal of 100% clean energy community-wide and net zero emissions by 2040. Individuals, businesses and organizations also can take advantage of the following programs through the Louisville Mayor’s Office of Sustainability:

Since 2016, Louisville Metro has leveraged more than $15 million in private capital toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through its EPAD Program and incentivized more than  1 million square feet of cool roofing through the city’s Cool Roof Incentive Program to reduce the Urban Heat Island effect since 2016.

Louisville Sustainability Council As the premier sustainability organization in the region, the LSC provides effective leadership, community engagement, and education toward sustainable, equitable, and resilient communities. Unlike any other organization in the region, the LSC strategically connects communities, convenes partners, and creates programs, events, and resources for a sustainable and equitable future. By hosting education-based events, creating accessible resources, and funding sustainability-driven projects across the state, the LSC strives to catalyze and maximize our collective impact within the social, environmental, and economic sustainability sectors.

Kentucky Solar Energy Society (KYSES)

As the leading statewide advocacy organization for solar energy, KYSES is focused on the urgent local adoption of renewable energy to combat our global climate emergency. KYSES acts to remove barriers to rapid and equitable solar adoption by encouraging better PSC and utility planning and regulation, dramatically reducing the cost of solar adoption via grassroots Solarize campaigns, fostering new solar workforce growth and training, and acting as a consumer protection watchdog and information source.

 

Icon Solar Power, LLC

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 Indiana 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.

 

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 2,000 active photovoltaic and battery storage projects in the residential, commercial and utility arenas and has participated in solarize campaigns in Lexington, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Bloomington.

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