Solarize Decatur-DeKalb Reaches Residential Solar Milestone
Mayor Patti Garrett of Decatur, Georgia proclaimed that Third Avenue will be named Solar Avenue in honor of Earth Day. Third Avenue had ten neighbors purchase solar through the Solarize Decatur-DeKalb program. With one extra neighbor purchasing solar earlier, that means the highest concentration of homes with solar in Decatur is on Third Avenue.
Mayor Garrett was joined with members of the community, participants in the program, Decatur residents and members of the Solarize Decatur-DeKalb organizing board, as she read the proclamation from the City of Decatur making Third Avenue “Solar Avenue” for the Earth Day weekend.
Solarize Decatur-DeKalb has become the most successful solarize program in the state of Georgia. With over 700 kW of solar installed on homes and another 100 kW installed on Turner Funeral Home, Solarize Decatur-DeKalb will offset over 1 million tons of carbon over a twenty five period.
One mile milestone reached is that only 132 kW of DeKalb County residents had solar before Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. DeKalb County had an increase of 440% of solar installed with Solarize Decatur-DeKalb with over 732 kW installed.
Two installers were selected for the program. Creative Solar USA of Kennesaw, Georgia was the residential installer and Hannah Solar of Atlanta, Georgia was the Commercial installer. Because commercial solar takes longer Solarize Decatur-DeKalb expects more installations to happen later in 2017. Solarize Decatur-DeKalb program for residential enrollment closed in January and the contract period will close on April 30.
Solar helps neighbors without solar too
On days when a solar installation over produces, solar energy goes back on to the grid. The energy once on the grid goes to the closest place that needs energy which means neighbors of solar home owners benefit from clean energy too! Many times three or four neighbors might get a bit of the solar energy produced from that one installation. That means on Third Avenue up to 44 neighbors could be benefiting from the solar installations.
The event was held at the newly renovated Picnic Pavilion at Oakhurst Park which is in the middle of Third Avenue. Neighbors celebrated with cupcakes and were able to tour the homes that had solar.