Who are Solar Volunteers?
The SolarUp California program relies on volunteers to do outreach about the benefits of solar in their communities. People who have solar are usually the most passionate and best spokespeople for solar, and the SolarUp program has created a great opportunity for them and others to reach out to friends and neighbors as solar volunteers. Others in your community who are passionate about solar and clean energy also make excellent solar volunteers,including people who rent or have bad sites for solar, as well as people involved in community service for a variety of issues.
Solar Volunteers Are Key!
Solar Volunteers are the most effective spokespeople for going solar and help create interest across the community through many forms of outreach activity. Each volunteer may choose different ways to participate in the SolarUp campaign. Surveys of past communities show that those who decided to sign a contract for solar likely talked to a solar volunteer as part of their decision-making. Solar Volunteers are key to getting the word out!
To be a SolarUp Volunteer, click here and check the box at the bottom!
How Solar Volunteers Can Help:
Solar Volunteers are the backbone of SolarUp outreach and get involved in different ways to make SolarUp a success in your community. Below are some ways volunteers have promoted SolarUp. Whether you take on many or do just one – every contribution helps your community become more solarized.
- Talk with your friends, neighbors, or co-workers about your experience with solar and the SolarUp program.
- Put a SolarUp lawn sign outside your home.
- Host an open house, so town residents can see your solar installation, see your your utility bills, and talk with you about your experience with solar. You can also work with other solar owners to have a tour of homes.
- Organize a workshop at your school, workplace, clubs, place of worship, civic groups, garden clubs, etc. or send out a message about SolarUp in their newsletters.
- Write letters to the editor of local papers, talk to reporters about solar on your home. Send letters to the editor to your local printed or on-line newspaper.
- Use social media to spread the word. “Like” SolarUp on Facebook and share postings about the SolarUp campaign with friends and neighbors on your Facebook page. Start a blog about SolarUp.
- Post fliers about the campaign and upcoming events at your local supermarket, coffee shop, library, school, etc. Ask if you can put up a display in your town hall, library, or school.
- Reserve a table at your local community events for SolarUp and join your installer and other volunteers to staff it. Try places like farmer’s markets, school fairs, Election Day polling spots, fairs, sports events, etc.
- Work with students in schools, boy or girl scouts, or environmental clubs on solar projects to promote the program.
- If you are a carpenter, artist or crafty person, create signs, displays, or solar “thermometers” to track success of the program and place them in visible locations in the community.
- As the deadline for SolarUp approaches for your town, volunteer to make phone calls to your neighbors who have proposals from the installer to put solar on their homes to talk to them about your solar.