One Block Off the Grid (1BOG) Launches Phoenix’s First Community Solar Buying Campaign

October 20, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ – One Block Off the Grid (1BOG), the nation’s largest solar collective, today announced the launch of Phoenix’s first community solar buying campaign to make it easy and affordable for homeowners to purchase solar energy at a group discount rate. By signing up online for free membership to the Phoenix 1BOG community, homeowners can enjoy personalized, impartial advice, and receive solar panels at only $5.70 per watt from local installer partner, REC Solar.

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Going solar can be stressful and expensive: until now, homeowners interested in buying solar power needed to research solar installers and manufacturers, schedule home evaluations and analyze quotes and warranty programs. For each campaign, the 1BOG team of solar experts spends one month choosing a solar installation partner to service the local area, closely examining each company’s past installations, solar products and warranties. Then, by organizing interested homeowners into a solar buying group, 1BOG can negotiate a hefty group discount package for the community from the installer partner. The result: 1BOG Phoenix members enjoy the best deal for solar power from a reputable installer without having to become solar experts themselves.

After a rigorous evaluation process of local installers’ products, warranties and business models, 1BOG has selected REC Solar as partner for the Phoenix program. REC Solar’s discount for the 1BOG Phoenix community can save members more than $6,000 for an average-sized system. In addition to this discount, 1BOG’s Phoenix customers will be able to enjoy solar rebates of up to three dollars per DC watt from local utilities.

“We are thrilled to partner with REC Solar to save money and time for Phoenix homeowners who want to buy solar panels through the 1BOG Phoenix campaign,” said Dave Llorens, Co-Founder and General Manager of 1BOG. “By making it easy for residents to buy and install solar panels, every 1BOG program earns trust in solar technology as an attainable, effective and affordable source of clean energy for our homes. 1BOG’s goal is to boost residential solar adoption from the current levels of less than one percent to a scenario in which solar energy becomes commonplace.”

“Phoenix is one of the fastest growing solar markets in the United States with more than 300 days of sunshine per year and generous government incentives,” said Cary Hayes, Senior Regional Manager at REC Solar. “We are thrilled to be selected as 1BOG’s preferred partner for the Phoenix community program.”

The Phoenix 1BOG program is available now to local homeowners throughout the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area through December 20, 2009. For more information or to sign up and use 1BOG’s online solar estimation tool, visit www.solarphoenix.1bog.org

About One Block Off the Grid:

One Block Off the Grid (1BOG), a subsidiary of Virgance, Inc., was founded in 2008 in San Francisco, California. 1BOG is a collective bargaining and consumer advocate, dedicated to streamlining the purchasing process and securing the lowest market rates for home solar panel installations. 1BOG has campaigns running in cities throughout the US. For more information, visit www.solarphoenix.1BOG.org

About REC Solar, Inc.:

REC Solar, Inc. specializes in grid-tied solar electric design and installation, offering affordable solar solutions for all residential, commercial, government, and utility customers. With a local presence in all major solar markets in the USA and millions of watts installed, REC Solar is committed to lowering the cost of solar power through efficient processes, innovative products, and outstanding customer service. In 2007 REC Solar installed more solar electric systems in the US than any other company. REC Solar is among the nation’s largest solar integrators and currently has over a dozen offices throughout 6 states (AZ, CA, CO, HI, OR and NJ). REC Solar is continuing its rapid expansion into other states and has the capability to implement solar installations in every location as incentives become available.

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