All Aboard the Sol Train!

The Sol Train is the simple and smart way to take meaningful action on climate change by switching to solar.



Compassionate: Meaningful response to climate change.
Smart: Protect yourself from rising electricity costs.
Simple: Reliable, mission-based installers and pre-negotiated prices.
Hop aboard the Sol Train!

Enrollment in Sol Train is currently closed. Please contact one of our solar installer partners directly for a solar assessment.


No new Sol Train events are scheduled at this time.

Holly and Rich
Hillsborough, NC
Producing and using clean energy, and the opportunity to save money really motivated us to switch to solar. We are excited to see historic preservation of a circa 1785 home and clean energy production working together!

Jill and Rick
Chapel Hill, NC
Our church was in the process of getting solar panels which helped educate us to the process of getting the tax credits and vetting a solar contractor. We are very happy with every aspect of our solar installation. The tax credits supported 2/3 of the installation and the panels themselves have produced about 60% of our power during Spring - Summer and Fall. We hope that more families will go solar!
Kathy and Mike
Carrboro, NC
We wanted to be less tied to the dirty fossil fuel energy that causes climate disruption and pollutes our air and water. With solar, we are enjoying lower energy bills, and we are generating clean, independent power that cuts our dependence on fossil fuel.
Common Questions
Is my home right for solar?

Solar works best on structures facing south, southwest, and southeast. There should be little or no shading from trees, buildings, chimneys or roof gables. Your roof should be in good condition. There are no hard and fast rules, it depends on your site, and your free solar home assessment will examine these issues. If your roof isn't ideal, consider constructing a solar carport that protects your cars and powers your home.

How will solar lower my electricity bill?

Most people elect to remain connected to the grid under what is called a "net metering" agreement. When it is sunny, the electricity from your solar panels powers your home. If you are generating more electricity than you need, the excess is sent to the grid, and the utility provides a credit on your electricity bill. At night, when your panels are not generating electricity, you continue to buy electricity from the utility. The net metering agreement lets you maximize the benefits of your solar production while retaining the reliability of the grid.

How will solar improve the value of my home?

Clean energy is in high demand and homes equipped with solar sell faster and for more. Unlike other home improvements, you are adding an easy to quantify financial asset that will continue to provide energy savings for the new owners. If you would like to explore more, check out PV Value, a tool developed by the Dept. of Energy to help real estate assessors determine the resale value of home solar installations.

How long will my solar installation last?

You can expect to enjoy clean energy from your panels for decades. Solar panels are a robust technology designed to withstand high winds and hail. They protect your roof. Power production from the panels is warrantied for 25 years and the inverter and other electronics are warrantied for 12 years.

What are the steps to switch to solar?

With the helpful guidance and experience of our solar installation partners, it is easy to switch to solar. The steps are listed below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

  1. Assessment: when you enroll, one of our solar installation partners will contact you and estimate the amount of solar electricity you can generate at your home. There is no fee and no commitment required for a solar assessment.
  2. Design: If your have good solar potential, you and your solar installer will work together to design the placement of your panels on your roof to meet your needs. This will require a visit to your home to examine the structural integrity of your roof, position of electrical equipment and more detailed measurements of solar production.
  3. Contract: When you are satisfied with the design, you sign a contract with the solar installer to complete your solar installation. This kicks off a flurry of activity by the installer to secure permits from your local municipality and the interconnection process with your local utility.
  4. Installation: Usually the designs and permits are approved within 70 days from when you sign the contract. Once everything is approved, a crew will arrive and install the solar on your roof. This takes between 1 and 3 days depending on layout of your roof and amount of electrical work that is needed.
  5. Inspection and activation: Your solar installer will work with your local municipality and utility to ensure the system complies with energy standards and is properly grid-connected. Your installer will verify your electricity production matches the design.


Many people want to take meaningful action on climate change, but don't know where to start. Taking a big step, like switching to solar, doesn't have to be hard. Any change is easier when you have a guide to point you the right way and when your community is on the same journey. This is what the Sol Train is all about. Our team of climate change advocates, energy specalists, and solar installers are working together to make solar simple. And when you spread the word, our impact on climate change grows.

The Sol Train Team
NC Interfaith Power and Light advocates for a hope-filled response to climate change.
NextClimate empowers communities to take action on climate change. Across North Carolina, NextClimate has helped hundreds of families switch to solar.
Southern Energy Management and Yes Solar Solutions are our mission-based solar installer partners. They have installed hundreds of solar installations throughout North Carolina.