2013 Solarize Tompkins SE Campaign
Solarize Tompkins SE formed after a series of Energy Independent Caroline (EIC) goal-setting retreats. We quickly joined forces with like-minded leaders from the town of Danby and Dryden in a combined three-town campaign to synergize this effort. The sister towns are contiguous and together we have enough population to make community-level purchasing more effective. Our hope is that eventually all of Tompkins County will be ‘solarized’ but for now our focus is on three connected towns. The success of Solarize Tompkins SE will set an example, and the lessons learned will help other towns to foster the expansion of solar energy in the months to come.
The campaign to date is a grassroots effort by residents in the three towns. We are guided by a steering committee and organized into three active subcomittees focused on 1) community education and outreach, 2) community purchasing and contracts, and 3) Project management and resources.