Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Enrollment now closed - Remaining To-Do List for Enrollees

Enrollment is now closed. However, for enrollees that plan to move forward, there are some remaining items on their "to-do" list. See list below. Hopefully, enrollees have already completed some, or all of these. There are two more deadlines, July 23 for Decision Point 2 (site survey) and July 31 for Decision Point 3 (sign contract).

1. Do a little homework on your annual electricity consumption. See Homework Assignment for a simple exercise to calculate example solar PV system sizes based on your annual electricity consumption.

2. Download this presentation file - 2014 Solarize Plano Information Session presentation (pdf).
The first slide contains some updated timeline information related to the phase 2 extension that is currently open and described in the May 16 blog posting at www.solarizeplano.org

3. Invest about 30-45 minutes watching the project online video Information Session meeting which presents the slide presentation you have downloaded in step 2 above.

4. If after completing steps 1-3 above, you believe that you are ready for a home site assessment, complete this online form - 2014 Decision Point 2 Form Questionnaire . The last day to complete this form is July 23. However, the sooner we have your DP2 response, the sooner your site assessment can be scheduled and a proposal can be prepared by the selected solar company for your consideration.  The available Oncor incentive funds are continuing to be used up, so the sooner you make a decision, the better your chances that Oncor incentive funding will still be available.

5. If your decision is to sign a contract with the solar company, the last day to sign is July 31. Again, as stated in step 4, the available Oncor incentive funds are continuing to be used up, so the sooner you make a decision, the better your chances that Oncor incentive funding will still be available.



**** To review Project Communications, go to the URL below ***** http://www.solarizeplano.org/p/communications.html



Saturday, July 12, 2014

2013 Solarize Plano Project - Only 3 days remaining!

The last day to enroll is coming fast.  Only 3 DAYS REMAINING! So tell everyone in Plano that you know that it is great time to learn more about local solar energy and to enroll in the Solarize Plano Project!.

First required first step is to Enroll! Go to **** ENROLL HERE  ****.

Then after enrolling, follow the additional 5 steps outlined below.

1. Do a little homework on your annual electricity consumption. See Homework Assignment for a simple exercise to calculate example solar PV system sizes based on your annual electricity consumption.

2. Download this presentation file - 2014 Solarize Plano Information Session presentation (pdf).
The first slide contains some updated timeline information related to the phase 2 extension that is currently open and described in the May 16 blog posting at www.solarizeplano.org

3. Invest about 30-45 minutes watching the project online video Information Session meeting which presents the slide presentation you have downloaded in step 2 above.

4. If after completing steps 1-3 above, you believe that you are ready for a home site assessment, complete this online form - 2014 Decision Point 2 Form Questionnaire . The last day to complete this form is July 23. However, the sooner we have your DP2 response, the sooner your site assessment can be scheduled and a proposal can be prepared by the selected solar company for your consideration.  The available Oncor incentive funds are continuing to be used up, so the sooner you make a decision, the better your chances that Oncor incentive funding will still be available.

5. If your decision is to sign a contract with the solar company, the last day to sign is July 31. Again, as stated in step 4, the available Oncor incentive funds are continuing to be used up, so the sooner you make a decision, the better your chances that Oncor incentive funding will still be available.

**** To review Project Communications, go to the URL below ***** http://www.solarizeplano.org/p/communications.html


Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 Solarize Plano Project Phase 2!

We are very excited to announce a “Phase 2” extension of the 2014 Solarize Plano Project!

The contracting phase of the “Phase 1” project is now completing (May 15, 2014). In the coming weeks, participants that have decided to sign a contract with the selected company will be working with the company to coordinate installation scheduling. The first installations should begin in late June with all installations being completed this summer!

This new “Phase 2” will allow interested persons the opportunity to enroll in the project through July 15, 2014.  After enrollment, Phase 2 participants would then complete their “homework”, decide to proceed with Decision Point 2, and then finally Decision Point 3. The last day for Decision Point 3 for this “Phase 2” is currently planned to be the end of July. Participants that decide to sign a contract with the selected company by this date will have their systems installed beginning in September 2014.

The key steps for “Phase 2” participants are:
Step 1:
  • Enroll! Go to **** ENROLL HERE  ****.
    • Note - If you are a Phase 1 participant that did not proceed to Decision Point 2 during Phase 1 but would like to now, you do not need to re-enroll.
  • We call this Decision Point 1 (see Participant Decision Points.)
  • Last day to enroll in Phase 2 is now July 15, 2014.
Step 2:
  • Do your homework - see Homework Assignment
  • Watch the online Information Session Meeting to learn about solar PV and the Solarize Plano Project - see Schedules and Presentations.
  • If after completing these items you believe you are ready to have a site assessment by the selected solar company, then complete 2014 Decision Point 2 Form Questionnaire. We call this Decision Point 2.  Your information provided in this questionnaire will be provided to the selected solar company so that they can schedule a site assessment with you.
    • Note - If you are a Phase 1 participant that completed the Decision Point 2 questionnaire after May 7 Phase 1 deadline, then you do not have to complete the form again. Your responses will be provided to the selected company as part of Phase 2 of the project.
  • Last day to complete the Phase 2 Decision Point 2 questionnaire is now July 23, 2014.
Step 3:

  • Once your site assessment is complete and you have been provided a proposal by the selected solar company, then you are at Decision Point 3.
  • It is at this time that you decide whether or not to sign a contract with the selected solar company to install a system and make the long term investment to produce some of your own LOCAL CLEAN electricity for the future!
  • Last day to sign a Phase 2 contract is July 31, 2014.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Enrollment now EXTENDED through April 30, 2014!

We are pleased to announce that enrollment is now further extended through April 30, 2014.  This will allow those interested to have a few more weeks to consider learning more about installing solar PV before the summer sun comes along with higher energy bills. Tell Others! Go Solar!

The key participant steps are:
Step 1:
Step 2:
  • Do your homework - see Homework Assignment 
  • Watch the online Information Session Meeting to learn about solar PV and the Solarize Plano Project - see Schedules and Presentations
  • If after completing these items you believe you are ready to have a site assessment by the selected solar company, then complete 2014 Decision Point 2 Form Questionnaire. We call this Decision Point 2.  
  • Last day to complete this questionnaire is now May 7, 2014.
Step 3:
  • Once your site assessment is complete and you have been provided a proposal by the selected solar company, then you are at Decision Point 3. 
  • It is at this time that you decide whether or not to sign a contract with the selected solar company to install a system and make the long term investment to produce some of your own LOCAL CLEAN electricity for the future! 
  • Last day to sign a contract is May 15, 2014.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Enrollment EXTENDED through April 20, 2014!

We are pleased to announce that enrollment is extended through April 20, 2014 to allow for those attending the Learn 2 Live Green Expo on April 12th (www.learn2livegreen.com) to have time to participate! Tell Others! Go Solar!

The key participant steps are:
Step 1:
Step 2:
  • Do your homework - see Homework Assignment 
  • Watch the online Information Session Meeting to learn about solar PV and the Solarize Plano Project - see Schedules and Presentations
  • If after completing these items you believe you are ready to have a site assessment by the selected solar company, then complete 2014 Decision Point 2 Form Questionnaire. We call this Decision Point 2.  
  • Last day to complete this questionnaire is now April 27, 2014.
Step 3:
  • Once your site assessment is complete and you have been provided a proposal by the selected solar company, then you are at Decision Point 3. 
  • It is at this time that you decide whether or not to sign a contract with the selected solar company to install a system and make the long term investment to produce some of your own LOCAL CLEAN electricity for the future! 
  • Last day to sign a contract is May 15, 2014.


Monday, March 17, 2014

2014 Solarize Plano Project - Mid-March Update

While we are continuing to encourage new participants to enroll (**** ENROLL HERE  ****) through April 15, 2014, it is now time for already enrolled participants to consider proceeding with Decision Point 2.  If you have done your homework and participated in one of the Information Session Meetings, it is now time to consider your next step.

As described in Participant Decision Points, complete the 2014 Decision Point 2 Form Questionnaire to move forward with Decision Point 2 no later than April 15, 2014

Note - If you haven't yet enrolled in the project, see the January 17, 2014 posting below to learn more and enroll! **** ENROLL HERE  ****

Last Day to Enroll is April 15, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Solarize Plano Project Open for Enrollment!


The 2014 Solarize Plano Project is now OPEN for enrollment! Learn about the "solarize", or group purchase concepts, by reading the information in the "About" page of this website. (Updated: See City of Plano Press Release)

To enroll in the project and potentially go forward with participation in this group purchase to have PV Solar installed at your location,
**** ENROLL HERE  ****
(commitment to learn, NOT buy)
<Note: If you are a solar installer/integrator company interested in the competitive bid process (RFP) for the 2014 Solarize Plano program, please use this
****  Company-Signup-Form ****
to indicate your interest and to provide your company information.>

The preliminary timeline for the project is given below. Your key next steps after enrollment are outlined within the timeline.

Project Timeline (preliminary):

Decision Point 1 - Decide to enroll to learn more!

Open Enrollment - January 17, 2014 through April 15, 2014
  • **** ENROLL HERE  **** (commitment to learn, NOT buy)
  • note - the project will proceed to completion if we have a minimum of 20 enrollees by Feb 21, 2014
  • the more people that signup and elect to have PV solar systems installed, the larger the potential group purchase discount
Enrollee Next Steps - before attending Information Session
  • Complete our online survey which should help you frame your thoughts and understanding of solar energy. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, and is available on this webpage - www.planosolar.org/p/survey.html
  • Review and perform the homework exercise described here - Homework Assignment
  • Review the participants Decision Points descriptions - see Participant Decision Points
  • Review the brief list of Frequently Asked Questions - see Solarize Plano Project Frequently Asked Questions
  • Make plans to attend one of the Information Sessions (shown below).
    • Reminder - we need at least 5 enrollees to participate in the selection process as part of a RFP (request for proposal) Team. Please consider being part of the RFP Team.
  • If you live in the ONCOR serving area, consider signing up at Smart Energy Texas to get detailed reports of your energy usage - www.smartmetertexas.com
Information Sessions
Solar company selected by participant RFP Review Team - no later than March 31, 2014
  • see "RFP" page on this website
Decision Point 2 - Move forward with proposal
  • After doing your homework and participating in information sessions, you determine that you are a good candidate for a PV solar system. You then decide to proceed with a home site assessment and obtain a quote from the project selected company.
  • As described in Participant Decision Points, complete the 2014 Decision Point 2 Form Questionnaire to move forward with Decision Point 2 no later than April 15, 2014
Decision Point 3 - Sign contract
  • You have reviewed the contract provided by the project selected company and you sign the contract to proceed with the installation.
  • no later than May 15, 2014
Installations:
  • to begin in June 2014