About Rogue Solar
Rogue Solar is a volunteer-driven community effort, coordinated by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments in partnership with RHT Energy Solutions, which is designed to give Jackson and Josephine County residents and businesses a simplified, cost-effective way to bring renewable energy to their homes and businesses. Homeowners and businesses will come together to enjoy significant savings through the bulk purchase of solar electric panels. Rogue Solar is based on a highly effective model that has dramatically increased solar installations statewide.
RVCOG and RHT have engaged community members as active participants in the project: pre-selecting the contractors, marketing a limited-time offer, and providing the contractors with likely customers in a constricted geographic area. Like other "Solarize" programs statewide, Rogue Solar includes a series of educational workshops for residents as well as a peer-to-peer marketing campaign. Homeowners and businesses will receive reduced prices for their solar installations thanks to contractor savings on marketing, customer education, and volume purchases of equipment.
Phase One of Rogue Solar started in July 2012. The Rogue Solar Team held eight workshops throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties. There were 148 registrations, 39 completed solar systems of various sizes—both residential and commercial—and 22 systems in progress.
Rogue Solar, Step by Step
- Attend a free workshop to learn about solar and the bulk solar purchasing program.
- Sign up to Solarize on our registration page. This does not commit you to buying anything.
- Next is your initial solar site assessment from your Rogue Solar representative. If you have a suitable site and are interested in moving forward, a certified contractor will meet with you to discuss the size of the system and what different options cost and to provide you with a bid.
- After attending an educational workshop, going through a site assessment and receiving a bid, you decide whether or not to sign a contract to install solar.
- If you sign a contract, the contractor will then coordinate the permits, equipment purchases, installation schedule, and inspections.
- Your system is installed!
- Start enjoying your new solar energy!
- PLUS: Everyone gets the appropriate signatures and the right paperwork needed to apply for applicable State and Federal Tax Credits and Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives.