"Go Solar in Marana"
Why "Going Solar Makes Good Cents" in Marana
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Lake Havasu City
Sun City West
, and other
cities and towns through out Arizona.
The purpose of the "Go Solar in Arizona" website is to show residents
and businesses in Marana how to work with
local government officials to migrate their communities away from carbon-based power to
clean green solar power by building
Energy Efficient Solar Homes and Businesses.
There are places in the world such as Germany and Spain that have very little sunshine,
but they have still managed to harness the sun's free energy to produce large quantities of
clean green electricity. Unlike Germany, Arizona has the strongest solar footprint in North America,
yet we have very few solar systems installed to take advantage of the sun's energy that
rains down on our state every day.
We need solar advocates to volunteer and help us educate Arizona residents and
businesses on why solar power makes good common sense in our state.
One of the easiest ways is to create a social networking website, which only
costs $12 a month. A Meetup.com website comes with some powerful event marketing
tools that you can use to plan, setup, post to a calendar and market on the internet
using Craigslist and press releases. There are a number of state groups, but we need
local grass root movements in every city in Arizona. Click on the link above and
copy of the events and market them to your local community.
All you need to get started is click here.
There are many events that you can plan to help local Marana government officials educate
residents businesses adopt energy efficiency
practices and install solar hot water heaters and solar power arrays.
One way is to conduct Marana community outreach programs that educate the general public
on the federal tax credits, federal tax grants, state tax credits and local utility
energy efficiency and renewable energy rebate program that are available to pay for more than
50% of the equipment and installation.
Another is to ask your Marana officials to adopt new building efficiency practices
for commercial, industrial and and residential structures in Marana to reduce wasteful energy
and promote the installation of solar energy to heat water and produce clean green energy.
Marana should also mandate that all new Marana construction projects install radiant
solar attic fans, solar thermal hot water heaters and solar power arrays.
Marana should also create a Green Committee that will provide advice and technical assistance
to developers of new projects on what energy efficient practices and alternative energy
products provide the best return on investment.
Marana's Chamber of Commerce should follow the City of Phoenix's example
and launch a "Go Solar in Marana" initiative to educate the community on any
city-sponsored residential solar financing programs available.
Utility companies are mandated by the Arizona Corporation Commission to
support energy efficiency and renewable energy community outreach programs. One
call from the Marana Chamber of Commerce and most utility companies would be happy
to send a representative out
to discuss their energy efficiency and solar power rebate programs at monthly Chamber
$25 million to finance low and moderate-income homeowners in Phoenix. The program
allows qualifying Phoenix homeowners to install solar systems with no upfront
investment and a small monthly payment that is lower than their previous electricity bills.
Solar Phoenix also incorporates incentives from APS's Solar and Renewable Energy
Incentive Program, which is approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission
approved and funded by APS customers.
President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides $787 billion
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009, which includes which provides
up to $75 billion in formula-based education grants, $61 billion on building renewable
energy related programs , and over $150 billion over the next ten years to create green jobs.
Marana should take advantage of these programs and file for grants that would help
educate a green workforce and finance energy efficiency and renewable energy installations.
Marana Real Estate Brokers and title companies need to be educated on providing Energy Efficiency
(203K) loans that still allow people to finance 110% of their homes value to install
energy efficient products and solar power systems. Marana should also work with local
banks to arrange financing for these projects and use public relations to publicize these
"Go Solar in Marana" Step-by-Step Solar Community Development Tool Kit: