First Ohio Solar Group Purchase Program Kicks Off in Cleveland With 3-4 Year Payback

One Block Off the Grid's New Approach to Going Solar: Group Discounts and Educational Tools

Aug 31, 2010, 06:01 ET from One Block Off the Grid

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- One Block Off the Grid (1BOG), the nation's largest solar group purchasing company, today launched a new program to support Cleveland homeowners through the solar buying process. Homeowners who join the free online group are now eligible for a 15% group discount rate and impartial advice and tools, easing the cost and stress typically associated with the decision to go solar.

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After vetting local installation companies, 1BOG selected Astrum Solar to service the group's installs for the program's three-month duration. In addition to the group discount, Astrum Solar offers individualized customer service, the most up-to-date technology, industry leading warranties and flexible financing options.

"Cleveland residents now have a real, affordable solution to high power costs," said Dave Llorens, CEO of 1BOG. "This program provides an easy way to navigate the traditionally confusing solar buying process and take advantage of local incentives."

"The combination of this partnership with 1BOG and our understanding of Cleveland's solar landscape make us confident that this program will significantly raise awareness of the convenience and affordability of transitioning to solar power, which will ultimately lead to more residents opting to become energy producers rather than energy consumers," said President of Astrum Solar Vadim Polikov, PhD.

The 1BOG Cleveland solar group purchase program is available now to homeowners throughout the Cleveland area through November 30, 2010. To sign up, or for more details about products and pricing, please visit the 1BOG Solar Cleveland homepage at www.SolarCleveland.1BOG.org.

About One Block Off the Grid (1BOG)

One Block Off the Grid (1BOG)'s home solar group discount service makes solar power easy and affordable. For each regional 1BOG program, homeowners sign up for free online for exclusive pre-arranged group discounts and support through the entire solar buying process. 1BOG's experienced team of solar experts researches local solar installers, so group members are confident that 1BOG's installation partners have been carefully vetted on products, install practices and long-term company stability. 1BOG was founded in 2008 in San Francisco, California and has active solar programs in 18 markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.SolarCleveland.1BOG.org.

About Astrum Solar

Astrum Solar is a multi-state installer of residential and small commercial solar panel systems in the Eastern U.S. serving Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington D.C. Headquartered in Maryland, Astrum Solar offers a premier customer experience by facilitating every aspect of a customer's seamless transition to solar – from getting a real price estimate using the company's online Solar Calculator and measuring the homeowner's roof to filing for necessary permits and selling the homeowner's Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). The company, founded in 2007, employs 100 people, and is on pace to complete 500 new home solar installations in 2010. For more information, please visit www.astrumsolar.com.

Press Contact:


1BOG

Rebecca Geller

press@1bog.org

415-963-4339 ext. 11


Astrum Solar

Michelle Waldgeir

michelle.waldgeir@astrumsolar.com

410-443-2567



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