Solar buying group now offers online estimate tool

Wondering how much solar panels will cost you? One Block Off the Grid releases online estimate tool for affiliated communities.
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor on

One Block Off the Grid, the solar group purchasing company, has developed an online estimate tool that you can use to see whether your roof is appropriate for a solar project as well as how much it might cost you.

Here's what it looks like. (You just have to type in your address and play around with where you'd like the panels on your roof.)

The organization currently has grassroots solar campaigns running in eight cities. Its goal is to help to create community solar-purchasing collectives that keep the costs of investing in solar technology lower for those involved. Here's the list of affiliated communities (my own community in Bergen County isn't online yet, drat!)

Note for Bay Area (California) residents: One Block off the Grid has extended the Bay Area solar campaign in order to encourage residents to support a new green-collar jobs program being run by solar installer groSolar and non-profit Solar Richmond.

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