Discounts for Residential Solar now available in LA, Orange County, Inland Empire and Southern New Jersey
An organization called One Block Off the Grid (1BOG) is offering homeowners in select parts of the country the opportunity to purchase residential solar panels on a neighborhood level at a group discount. Currently available in Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and southern New Jersey, the 1BOG program provides a 15 percent discount to their members by pre-negotiating package deals with solar energy companies. Membership is free and includes an in-home assessment by a solar installer to determine if the site is suitable for solar panels. The goal of 1BOG is to allow neighborhoods to pool their money for deep discounts on solar energy products and installation and in this way bring solar energy out of the realm of a specialized commodity and into the mainstream.
1BOG is also working with shade-rich neighborhoods to pool their resources and install solar array grids in central sunny locations that can be shared by the residents. To insure quality parts and service, 1BOG has created performance standards for installers and has a list of companies who have met their criteria and have agreed to provide solar energy systems at a discount. Companies that meet the criteria are Trinity Solar in New Jersey , REC Solar in Los Angeles and Heliopower in Orange County and Inland Empire region.