Community invited to Norman’s Solar Initiative Kickoff on April 3

Program to be of the largest city-led Solar Initiatives in the country

Residents and business owners are welcome to learn more about the benefits of going solar at a Community Kickoff event for the Norman Solar Initiative on April 3 at the City’s Development Center, 225 N. Webster. The event begins at 4 p.m. inside of the Great Hall, or the central common area of the building.

The initiative was recently approved by Norman City Council to establish a citywide solar photovoltaic group purchasing program that is open to residents, business owners and nonprofits in Norman. The kickoff event will include an overview presentation from partner agency EightTwenty, a question-and-answer session, testimonials, educational booths and more. Interested parties will also have the opportunity to sign up for consultations on-site. 

“This is an opportunity to have all of your questions answered about the new initiative, which we hope will drive us further toward the community’s sustainability goals,” said Michele Loudenback, Manager of the Division of Environmental Resilience and Sustainability at the City of Norman. “This project has been in the works for many months and we are incredibly excited to finally share it with the entire community. We encourage anyone who may be interested to come out and join us for the kickoff!”

Solar purchasing deals as part of the initiative will be available through August 31, 2024. A low-to-moderate income-based project will also be identified as part of this program and details will be released once solidified.

“This city-led initiative coupled with the federal tax credits currently available under the Inflation Reduction Act helps make solar that much more affordable and obtainable for community members,” said Norman Mayor Larry Heikkila in a Press conference held about the initiative this month. “We are aiming to convert 2 megawatts of power to annual roof-top solar production by 2025.”

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