CARRBORO, N.C. — The sun shines on Carrboro about two out of every three days — an average of 218 days a year. That can mean a lot of free energy, but capturing it with solar panels of course has costs of its own.
That’s changing now as a result of lower costs for solar overall, and also through an initiative called Solarize Carrboro, led by resident Rob Pinder. He’s organizing his neighbors to go solar en masse, enabling them to get a group discount on installation costs. It’s a little like a Groupon deal for solar panels.
By helping residents access substantial state and federal tax credits, along with getting the group discount, Pinder’s initiative promises to cut the price of a solar installation for a typical Carrboro home from $19,000 to just under $7,000.