What You'll Get
It’s not easy being green, as the frost-bitten peas, iced-over spinach, and cryogenically frozen aliens in your freezer can tell you. Get greener with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get $1,100 toward home solar-power panels and installation from One Block Off the Grid.
By organizing group discounts and vetting installers, One Block Off the Grid smoothes the solar-power installation process for homeowners looking to go green. Future sunshine stealers can log on to join forces with prospective solar buyers in their area, and a free online estimator helps clients predict costs. Armies of advisers—who can stay impartial because they aren’t paid on commission—can help homeowners decide whether to go solar now or wait until we can harness the power of the moon.
Once a new group reaches critical mass, One Block Off the Grid will evaluate promising local solar installers based on 11 factors, pick one, then negotiate discounts of around 15% to all One Block Off the Grid members. That installer will then deliver a heartfelt acceptance speech that will bring tears to someone's eyes. Though prices vary across the country ($6–$9 per watt in most areas), One Block Off the Grid consistently negotiates pricing with installers to below $6 per watt (on average), making the typical home solar-panel installation for a 5.2-kilowatt system around $25,000; however, tax credits and rebates can reduce this price significantly.
Not all homes are ideally suited for solar power; however, One Block Off the Grid will evaluate your home to ensure it is appropriate. Please note that your final billing will come from the chosen installer.
One Block Off the Grid has been featured in many media outlets including SF Bay Area NBC News, ABC News, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. Ten Yelpers give the business a four-star average.
- One Block Off the Grid collects groups of would-be solar purchasers in cities with good solar access and brokers a deal between them and a local installer. It’s internet-based environmental organizing, and it appears to be working. – Alexis Madrigal, Wired
- They're passionate about getting people solar energy systems and know what they are talking about. – Emily D., Yelp, 6/15/10
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 19, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per household, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Not valid until 3/18. Roof analysis required and included in Groupon. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.