Organize a Solar Barn Raising

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What is a solar barn raising?

It’s a volunteer-assisted solar install.  A “barn raising” occurs when a community comes to the same place at the same time to achieve a specific goal. 

Why hold a solar barn raising? 

  • Fits with Habitat’s volunteer-driven focus
  • Educational—raises awareness, demystifies solar technology
  • Fundraising opportunity
  • Helps to keep solar affordable
  • Helps homeowners to better understand their solar system
  • Business opportunity for installer

How to hold a solar barn raising

  • Recruit volunteers—this is an excellent opportunity to engage public officials, potential donors, and young people
  • Invite the local media 
  • Give volunteers orientation—address workflow, liability waiver, safety issues, refreshments
  • Hold solar barn raising
  • Feed volunteers!