‘Solarize’ campaign starts with launch party Feb. 3

Gorge Owned, local contractors offer incentives

With support from Northwest Solar Communities, Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to Gorge homeowners in Klickitat, Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties.


What: GO! Solar Launch Party

When: Tuesday, Feb., 3, 2015, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Full Sail Brew Pub, 506 Columbia St.

GO! Solar is a community “solarize” initiative aimed at helping Columbia River Gorge homeowners overcome the barriers associated with investing in solar power. Local contractors and suppliers are working together to offer a simplified process and unbeatable prices. In addition to state, federal and local incentives, GO! Solar can reduce total project cost by up to 20 percent. The catch: Homeowners have to sign up for the program no later than March 30, 2015 to guarantee the bulk discounts.

“Going solar pays off in a number of ways,” said Amanda Lawrence, Gorge Owned Membership and Program Director. “It reduces your monthly utility bills, increases your home value, reduces your dependence on fossil fuel and, if done through GO! Solar, supports the local economy.”

At Feb. 3 kickoff, learn about financial incentives for solar, meet the local contractors delivering the program and have your questions about solar answered by regional experts. Participants can also enjoy light appetizers and beer courtesy of Full Sail.

Gorge Owned is planning additional events in Klickitat and Wasco Counties in February. Details will be announced at gorgeowned.org.

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