Solarize Portland was a solar panel volume-purchasing program led by Portland area neighborhood associations from 2009 to 2012.
Solarize Portland efforts around the city installed solar at record rates. Thanks to volunteer-driven community efforts led by three area neighborhood coalition offices, Solarize Portland brought renewable solar energy and the benefits of weatherization to almost 1000 Portland homes.
Originally created by SE Uplift and a neighborhood leader in the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association, the first iteration of the Solarize Portland project quickly expanded to become a partnership between several SE Portland neighborhoods and the SE Uplift Neighborhood Sustainability Program. The first Solarize Portland project (launched June 6, 2009 and closed September 15, 2009) focused on homes in Southeast Portland. However, the interest and excitement around using bulk purchasing to bring down the costs and logistical hurdles of going solar caught on city-wide.
The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Energy Trust of Oregon and Solar Oregon offered strategic and technical assistance to neighborhood organizations interested in operating a Solarize project.
If you do not see Solarize Portland in your community and would like to coordinate one yourself, send an e-mail to Andria Jacob at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to learn how you can get involved.
Solarize Guidebook helps other communities
Download the Solarize Guidebook to learn how to start a Solarize campaign in your neighborhood.