Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County is a grassroots residential group purchasing program for solar.

 

Offered by The City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, homeowners throughout Linn County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable.

Start by attending a Solar Power Hour, our free information session that teaches you the basics of solar, its financial implications for your household, and how the program works. Then, get a free, no obligation site assessment from our installer. You have until September 30 to decide whether to go solar through the program.

UPDATE 10/23/17:  The results are in! Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County has come to a close with 607.22 kilowatts (kW) of clean solar energy contracted for installation on 104 homes in Linn County, nearly doubling the program’s goal of 350 kW. Due to the large number of purchases, the Solarize Cedar Rapids and Linn County program resulted in a rebate of $200 per kW installed saving the average participant $1,164. Congratulations to all who participated! You are helping make your community cleaner and more energy independent!

As a whole, we estimate that the 104 participants will save over $100,000 in utility costs their first year, producing a combined total of nearly 700,000 kWh of clean solar energy annually. The environmental benefits of the Solarize program are equally impressive. We estimate that over 927,000 pounds of CO2 and 14 million gallons of water will be offset in the first year alone by using this renewable source of energy rather than fossil fuel generated electricity.

UPDATE 8/18/17We have surpassed our second program benchmark by signing up a total of 150kW, a total of 21 homes going solar (and counting!). As a result, all participants will be rebated $100 per kilowatt of solar installed. Our next benchmark is 250 kW.

UPDATE 7/18/17: The first benchmark of 50 kW has been reached! This triggers a rebate of $.05 per watt ($50/kilowatt) for all participants. The next benchmark is 150 kW.

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PAST SOLAR POWER HOURS

6/13/2017 Tuesday
6:30 PM
Cedar Rapids Downtown Library – Beems A
450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 (Parking & room info here) (Facebook event here)

6/20/2017 Tuesday
6:00 PM
Center Point High School Library
145 Iowa St, Center Point, IA 52213 (Facebook event here)

6/21/2017 Wednesday
6:30 PM
Lowe Park – Oak Room
4500 N. 10th Street, Marion, IA 52302 (Facebook event here)

6/22/2017 Thursday
6:00 PM
Prairie High School – Study Hall
401 76th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 (Parking & room info here)(Facebook event here)

6/27/2017 Tuesday
6:30 PM
Mt. Vernon City Hall
213 1st ST NW, Mt. Vernon IA 52314 (Facebook event here)

6/28/2017 Wednesday
6:00 PM
Indian Creek Nature Center
5300 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 (Facebook event here)

7/11/2017 Tuesday
6:00 PM
Hy-Vee
5050 Edgewood Road NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52411 (Facebook event here)

7/13/2017 Thursday
6:30 PM
The Geonetric Building (New Bo Co’s “The Foundry Lab”)
415 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 (Facebook event here)

7/18/2017 Tuesday
6:00 PM
Palo City Hall
2800 Hollenbeck Rd, Palo, IA 52324 (Facebook event here)

7/19/2017 Wednesday
6:30 PM
University of Iowa Community Credit Union – Westdale
2340 Edgewood Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 (Facebook event here)

7/26/2017 Wednesday
4:30 PM
PCI Medical Pavilion, Community Room (3rd floor)
202 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids (Facebook event here)

7/27/2017 Thursday
11:30 AM – Attendees welcome to bring your own lunch
Cedar Rapids Downtown Library – Beems B
450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 (Parking & room info here) (Facebook event here)

7/27/2017 Thursday
6:30 PM
Christ Episcopal Church (Library)
220 40th St NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 (Facebook event here)

7/31/2017 Monday
6:00 PM
Falcon Civic Center
137 N 4th St, Central City, IA 52214 (Facebook event here)

8/2 Wednesday
6:00 PM
Indian Creek Nature Center
5300 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 (Facebook event here)

8/3/2017 Thursday
7:30 PM
Lion Bridge Brewing
59 16th Ave SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 (Facebook event here)

8/10/2017 Thursday
6:00 PM
Prairiewoods
120 Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA 52233 (Facebook event here)
Attendees are welcome to stay for an optional tour of an on-site PV system from 7-7:30pm with I-Renew (Iowa Renewable Energy Association)

8/14/2017 Monday
6:30 PM
Cedar Rapids Downtown Library – Beems A
450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 (Parking & room info here)(Facebook event here)

8/17/2017 Thursday
6:30 PM
Kirkwood, Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA 52233 (Facebook event here)

8/23/2017 Wednesday
11:30am
Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center, Conf. 1A/1B
935 Second St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 (Facebook event here)

8/29/2017 Tuesday
6:00 PM
Linn County Farm Bureau
1323 Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA 52233 (Facebook event here)

9/7/2017 Thursday
6:30 PM
Mt. Vernon City Hall
213 1st ST NW, Mt. Vernon, Iowa 52314 (Facebook event here)