Solarize Metro East is a group purchasing program for residential and commercial solar.
Offered by the Madison County Resource Management Program, the Cities of Columbia and Belleville, Illinois, Lewis & Clark Community College, Glen Carbon Cool Cities Committee, Sierra Club, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and commercial property owners and renters throughout Madison County and St. Clair County, Illinois 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 teaches you the basics of solar, its financial implications for your household, and how the solar group buy program works. Then, get a free, no obligation site assessment from our installer. You have until
September 30 October 31, 2018 to decide whether to get solar through the program.
UPDATE 10/9/18: Huge news! We reached our fourth and final benchmark of 500 kW, triggering a rebate of $.10/W for every kW installed through the program!
And Community Solar Array(CSA) subscription reservations are 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 10/3/18: The program currently has commitments for 326 kW on 35 properties. Price breaks have happened at each milestone of 50, 150, and 250 kW and we’re well on our way to the final milestone of 500 kW!
UPDATE 8/20/18: The deadline for Solarize Metro East has been extended by one month! Due to popular demand, we will be adding more Solar Power Hours in Madison County and St. Clair 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 8/7/18: Solarize Metro East has achieved another milestone, reducing costs for solar power. The group purchasing program for homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profits includes pricing adjustments as the group collectively reaches benchmarks, most recently 150 kW.
17 households and businesses, including farms, in Madison County and St. Clair County have committed to adding solar to their home, and 3 households already have their solar arrays installed.
UPDATE 7/20/18: We have surpassed our first benchmark of 50 kW. This means that everyone who goes solar through the program gets a price break of $30 per kilowatt of solar they install! Next benchmark is 150 kW. Shine on!
SOLAR POWER HOURS
(All are free and open to the public)
5/1 Tuesday 6:00 PM Police Department Community Room 149 N Main St, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
5/2 Wednesday 6:00 PM Knights of Columbus 402 E. Hwy 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269
5/8 Tuesday 6:00 PM Willoughby Farm 631 Willoughby Ln, Collinsville, IL 62234
5/15 Tuesday 6:00 PM Belleville City Hall in the Council Chambers 101 S Illinois St, Belleville, IL 62220
5/16 Wednesday 6:00 PM Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library 1001 9th St., Highland, IL 62249
5/23 Wednesday 6:00 PM Fairview Heights Public Library (Please park in the back) 10017 Bunkum Road Fairview Heights, IL 62208
5/24 Thursday 6:00 PM Godfrey Village Hall 6810 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, IL 62035
5/30 Wednesday 6:00 PM Columbia City Hall 208 S. Rapp Ave, Columbia, 62236
6/5 Tuesday 6:00 PM Welcome Center at Watershed Nature Center 1591 Tower Ave, Edwardsville, IL 62025
6/6 Wednesday 6:00 PM Collinsville Library 408 W. Main St., Collinsville IL 62234
6/12 Tuesday 6:00 PM Lebanon Visitors Center at the Chamber of Commerce – Basement meeting room 221 W St Louis St Lebanon, IL 62254
6/20 Wednesday 6:00 PM St. George’s Catholic Church 200 N. 3rd Street, New Baden, IL 62265
6/21 Thursday 6:00 PM Old Bakery Brewery 400 Landmarks Blvd Alton, IL 62002
6/26 Tuesday 6:00 PM Belleville City Hall in the Council Chambers 101 S Illinois St, Belleville, IL 62220
6/28 Thursday 6:00 PM Granite City City Hall 2000 Edison, Granite City, IL 62040
7/10 Tuesday 6:00 PM Columbia City Hall 208 S. Rapp Ave, Columbia, 62236
7/16 Monday 6:00 PM Granite City City Hall 2000 Edison, Granite City, IL 62040
7/18 Wednesday 6:00 PM Tri-township Public Library 209 S Main St, Troy, IL 62294
7/19 Thursday 6:00 PM Newsong Fellowship Church, Edwardsville 201 St. Louis St., Edwardsville, IL 62025
7/25 Wednesday 6:00 PM Our Lord’s Lutheran Church – Our Life Center basement 148 Wilma Dr. Maryville IL 62062
7/26 Thursday 6:00 PM Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities 1210 N Main St, Room 208, Edwardsville, IL 62025
8/1 Wednesday 6:00 PM Turkey Hill Grange Hall 1375 IL-15, Belleville, IL 62220
8/6 Monday 10:00 AM Senior Services Plus 2603 N Rodgers Ave, Alton, Il, 62002
8/8 Wednesday 6:00 Vision Source 4933 D Benchmark Centre Drive Swansea, IL 62226
8/21 Tuesday 6:00 PM Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors 1928 Lebanon Ave, Belleville, IL 62221
8/29 Wednesday 11:30 AM LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church 2550 Rock Hill Rd, Wood River, Illinois 62095
9/5 Wednesday 6:00 O’Fallon Public Library 120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon, IL 62269
9/6 Thursday 6:30 PM Edwardsville Public Library 112 S Kansas St, Edwardsville, IL 62025
9/18 Tuesday 6:00 PM Old Bakery Beer Company 400 Landmarks Blvd Alton, IL 62002
10/4 Thursday 6:30 PM Belleville City Hall in the Council Chambers 101 S Illinois St, Belleville, IL 62220
10/8 Monday 6:30 PM Edwardsville Public Library 112 S Kansas St, Edwardsville, IL 62025
10/11 Thursday 6:30 PM O’Fallon City Hall Council Chambers 255 South Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon, Illinois 62269
10/20 Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM Solar Open House at Creekside Gardens 721 Johnson Hill Rd. Collinsville, Illinois 62234
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The Madison County Resource Management Program and the cities of Belleville and Columbia fully support the Solarize Metro East Program. The Program followed a standard competitive public RFP process coordinated by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to select a solar provider. The final decision whether to contract a solar installation is that of the home or commercial property owner. The Madison County Resource Management Program and the cities of Belleville and Columbia have no legal responsibility or hold any liability for the performance of any contract between the solar installer and residents or businesses in Madison County or St. Clair County.