LONGMEADOW, MA – The Springfield/Longmeadow solarize program has selected a solar installer in an effort to offer residents of both communities reduced costs on solar installation through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Solarize solar power program.
Longmeadow Solar Coach Steve Marantz said that 12 installers were narrowed down to four, and that SolarFlair Energy Inc. of Ashland, MA was selected to be the official installer for the Longmeadow/Springfield program.
“They have extensive experience in the state’s solarize program, and their costs were extremely competitive,” Marantz said. “Overall, they were just very good.”
Marantz said there will be a “Meet the Installer” event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Greenwood Center in Longmeadow were residents interested in solar can come to ask questions and learn about saving money on solar electric systems.
Solarize is a community-based education, outreach, and group buying program that allows residents to band together to save money on installing solar systems.
The program will allow residents of both Longmeadow and Springfield to purchase photovoltaic (PV) solar systems at reduced prices. The final price is dependent on the collective number of residents that sign up; the greater the number, the lower the final installation cost.
“We’re obviously very happy to finally get rolling with everything,” Marantz said. “Going solar is a win for your pocketbook and a win for the environment, so we are encouraging people to ‘go sun.’ ”
Since Solarize launched in 2011, the program has resulted in more than 17,000 individuals expressing interest in pursuing solar electricity. Over 3,200 residents and business owners in 63 communities have signed contracts resulting in 21.6 megawatts of contracted capacity.
In addition, the number of small scale solar electricity projects in almost every community has doubled as a result of the program.
For many residents, business owners, and municipalities throughout Massachusetts, installing a solar electric system is a smart investment that converts clean, free sunlight to electricity, reduces air pollution, reduces or eliminates monthly electricity bills, and contributes to the local economy by creating local jobs and supporting local businesses.
Those interested in the program are asked to visit solarizemassspringfieldlongmeadow.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Article by Jeff Hanouille/Longmeadow News