What is Solarize Chapel Hill?

Step 1: Free home solar assessment

  • When you sign up, we'll schedule you for a free home solar assessment. There is no commitment here, just a straightforward assessment of your solar options.
  • Your assessment will be conducted by our Solarize Chapel Hill installers -- either Southern Energy Management or Yes! Solar Solutions. These companies have been vetted by a rigorous proposal process and reviewed by local experts.
  • What if your assessment suggests solar isn't suitable for your home? What if you are a renter? You can still put your tax credits to work by joining a community solar project to put panels on a public site.

Step 2: Maximize your savings

  • Your solar assessment will provide options custom fit to your home site, electricity demands, and financing needs. We've streamlined the process so the installer will set up your system, obtain the necessary permits, and coordinate the interconnection with your electric utility.
  • With the Solarize Chapel Hill negotiated price, you can be confident that you are getting a great value. Here is an example for a typical 5 kW home installation:
  • Average retail price $ 21,250
    Solarize Chapel Hill $ 19,100
    35% NC tax credit $ 6,685
    Est. Federal tax credit $ 4,058
    Net cost $ 8,357
  • Solarize Chapel Hill has tiered pricing. When more people in Orange County go solar, everyone's cost goes down even more. Here are the discounts for the 5 kW example.
  • When Solarize installations exceed... The discount from the Tier 1 Solarize price for a typical 5 kW home installation is...
    Tier 2:
    50 kW
    $ 450
    Tier 3:
    200 kW
    $ 750
    Tier 4:
    300 kW
    $ 1,250
  • Your discount will depend on the size of your system. Details here.
  • The next step is to get 200 kW contracted to activate the next tier:


  • And you don't have to wait for the lowest price. You will not be billed for the final 10% of the cost until the lowest price is set at the end of the program.
  • Finally, make sure you take advantage of valuable state and federal tax credits that could save up to 65%. We'll send you a reminder during tax season.
  • Have any questions? Our local experts and neighborhood volunteers are here to help. Just send me an email (rob.pinder@solarizenc.org) or post to our forum.

Step 3: Enjoy the benefits of solar

  • Spend less money on electricity. Spend more money on the things you love.
  • It's that simple.
  • But there's more than just the dollars and cents. Fossil fuels pollute our air, poison our drinking water, and give rise to climate change. When your home goes solar, your energy is local, independent, and safe for us and future generations.

Step 4: Spread the word

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Comments or Questions? Contact Us: info@solarizenc.org