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The Solar Panel Groupon for Homeowners

by Mark Wellborn

The Solar Panel Groupon for Homeowners: Figure 1

TechCrunch is reporting that One Block Off The Grid (1BOG), a company that gets homeowners to install solar panels by promoting group discounts for installation and equipment in cities across the country, has arranged a 15 percent solar panel discount for homeowners in Philadelphia.

1BOG’s goal in each city it goes to is to gather a critical mass of homeowners interested in installing solar panels, and then negotiate a discounted bulk rate with contractors in the area for the installation and equipment. Sound like Groupon? Well, it is, sort of. From TechCrunch:

Backed by early investors in Groupon, New Enterprise Associates, 1BOG draws frequent comparisons to the daily deal site. Unlike Groupon, however, 1BOG reviews and endorses all of the equipment and services that it helps to sell; and its discounts are free. (You don’t have to buy the coupon you want to use, just sign up for it.)

The discounts that homeowners can receive from 1BOG are separate from the state and federal rebate programs that UrbanTurf has reported on in the past. Also, the company heads to areas where energy costs are high and rising, and Philadelphia is as close as they have come to DC, however we imagine that some city residents would lobby for the company’s services sooner rather than later.

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1 Comment

  1. jag said at 11:24 pm on Monday March 21, 2011:
    Cool stuff.

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