Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 is a grassroots group purchasing program for residential and commercial solar.
Building on the success of 2016’s Solar Bloomington-Normal, the solar group buy is back with Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0! Offered by the Ecology Action Center and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, property owners and renters throughout McLean County, Illinois may participate in this program to pool their buying power and secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable.
Start by attending a Solar Power Hour. Our free information session teaches you the basics of solar, its financial implications for your property, and how the Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 program works. Then, get a free, no obligation site assessment from our competitively-selected installer. You have until
September 30 October 31, 2018 to decide whether to get solar through the program. The Solar Power Hour calendar and program updates will be posted on this page on an ongoing basis.
UPDATE 10/16/18: The SolarBloomington-Normal 2.0 program has over 350 kW of solar committed. This is the final milestone, meaning the program pricing won’t get any lower. As of now, 25 households and businesses, including farms, in McLean County have committed to adding 376 kW of solar to their home, and 10 households already have their solar arrays installed.
Community Solar Array (CSA) subscription reservations now open: If you’re an Ameren Illinois electric customer, you will soon be able to easily make the switch to clean local solar electricity, while also saving about 10% on your electric supply costs! Reservation form and more information available here.
UPDATE 9/17/18: The Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 program has over 150 kW of solar committed! This triggers a second discount of $.03/W, bringing the total discount to $.06/W for all who participate in the program! The next benchmark is 250 kW, which we are fast approaching!
UPDATE 8/20/18: The deadline for Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 has been extended by one month! Due to popular demand, we will be adding more Solar Power Hours in McLean County and extending the deadline to October 31. Folks who sign contracts by October 1 will have solar by the end of 2018. Folks who sign by October 31 will get their array in early 2019.
UPDATE 6/19: We’ve surpassed 50 kilowatts (kW) of solar! In fact, we’re now past 75 kW, which means we’re already halfway to our second benchmark of 150 kW! That was fast. Each benchmark triggers deeper discounts for everyone who gets solar through the program.
SOLAR POWER HOURS
(All are free and open to the public)
5/19/18 Saturday 10:00 AM – Noon Solar Open House at a Solar-Equipped Private Residence (No Presentation) 6880 N 2075 East Rd., Downs
5/24/18 Thursday 6:00 PM West Bloomington Revitalization Project 724 W. Washington St., Bloomington
5/30/18 Wednesday 3:00 PM University of Illinois Extension Office 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington
5/31/18 Thursday 6:30 PM Normal Public Library 206 W College Ave., Normal
6/5/18 Tuesday 6:00 PM First Farmer State Bank 4001 General Electric Rd., Bloomington
6/7/18 Thursday 7:00 PM Moses Montefiore Temple 102 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington
6/12/18 Tuesday 6:30 PM YWCA of McLean County 1201 N. Hershey, Bloomington
6/14/18 Thursday 6:00 PM Green Top Grocery 921 E. Washington, Bloomington
6/20/18 Wednesday 12:30 PM First United Methodist Church 211 N. School, Normal
6/28/18 Thursday 6:30 PM Bloomington Public Library 205 E Olive St., Bloomington
6/30/18 Saturday 1:30 PM Epiphany Farms Escoffier Room 220 E Front St., Bloomington
7/12/18 Thursday 6:30 PM Bloomington Public Library 205 E Olive St., Bloomington
7/17/18 Tuesday 6:00 PM Green Top Grocery 921 E. Washington, Bloomington
7/18/18 Wednesday 1:30 PM Interstate Center hosted by McLean County Farm Bureau 1106 Interstate Dr., Bloomington
7/24/18 Tuesday 6:00 PM Martin Township Public Library 132 W. Main St., Colfax
7/31/18 Tuesday 6:00 PM Unitarian Universalist Church of B-N 1613 E. Emerson, Bloomington
8/14/18 Tuesday 6:00 PM Green Top Grocery 921 E. Washington, Bloomington
9/5/18 Wednesday 6:00 PM Town of Normal Multipurpose Room Fourth Floor 11 Uptown Circle, Normal
9/12/18 Wednesday 6:30 PM Normal Public Library 206 W College Ave., Normal
9/13/18 Thursday 1:30 PM University Galleries 11 Uptown Circle, Normal
9/20 Thursday 6:00 PM Green Top Grocery 921 E. Washington, Bloomington
10/4 Thursday 6:00 PM Green Top Grocery 921 E. Washington, Bloomington
10/16 Tuesday 6:00 PM Ecology Action Center 202 W College Ave, Normal, IL 61761 (Note: Please do NOT park in the library parking lot. Please park on Broadway, somewhere else Uptown, in the parking deck east of the building, or in the 1 hour spots under the parking deck overhang between the parking garage and Heartland Bank.)
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