This is exciting news: last year we wrote about 1Bog, the San Francisco-based company endeavoring to make solar purchases more accessible and affordable by having you sign up and pay for solar panels as a group. Well, while previously only residents of the largest solar markets could take advantage of the group pricing, the program has been such a hit that now every place in the nation is eligible if you can get enough people in your neighborhood to sign up!
TreeHugger has more:
Under One Nation Off the Grid, you sign up on the site, and whenever there's a critical mass of participation--at launch there 232 of 2081 US counties, in 34 states, already have the requisite participation levels--1BOG's group solar pricing for that area becomes available.
Interestingly, all profits from the program are being donated to the Strong America Today Fund, via Kiva.org. This fund supplies microloans to small businesses in the most economically-challenged cities in the nation.
At the center of the presentation of the program is an interesting interactive national map, which details which counties already have enough interest to participate, those ones which are nearly there, and where interest is lacking. Each state also receives a letter grade on their solar incentive programs--most states don't fare well in the grading, by the way--making it easy for consumers to see what sort of incentives are available in neighboring states and (perhaps) pressure their state politicians to do more.
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