The Solarize movement that swept across the nation from Oregon in 2009 has spread all the way to Brooklyn. Solarize Brooklyn is a project started by two local groups, Sustainable Flatbush and Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace. The initiative is a volunteer-run, grass roots program that aims to help bring affordable solar power installations to Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Flatbush, and other neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Solarize Brooklyn installs two types of systems; the first consists of your typical photovoltaic solar panels from EmPower Solar while the other is a Quixotic Systems solar thermal system, which uses a solar collector to boil water helping residents save money on gas, oil and electricity.
But the hardware isn’t what makes the Solarize movement special. It’s led by a group of volunteers, and the idea is that the cost of going green can be decreased as more and more people get involved. But this isn’t a group of amateurs – they’ve all gone through solar system installation programs and have Solar One as as their nonprofit green energy advisor. So far more 375 households have signed up for the program.
Brooklynites who are interested in learning more should start by signing up for a free solar assessment and checking out some rates. The bigger idea here is to tell your neighbors to get a free assessment too, because going solar together means you all get some nice discounts.