Solarize Program Gaining Momentum

LONGMEADOW, MA – The Springfield/Longmeadow solarize program is picking up steam, as local residents are signing contracts and getting ready for installations that could happen as soon as February, according to Longmeadow Solar Coach Steve Marantz.

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 gives the opportunity to 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.

Marantz told the Longmeadow News that six contracts were signed in December following a “Meet the Installer” event with SolarFlair Energy Inc., an Ashland, MA based company that was selected to be the official installer for the Longmeadow/Springfield program.

“We just started, so things are looking pretty good,” Marantz said. “The folks that sign up now will be in really good shape to get the benefit of the tax credits, which will go down next year (2020) and then disappear completely in four years. So if you’re interested in solar, now is definitely the time to do it.”

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.

Marantz said residents who are interested in the program are urged to attend the next “Meet the Installer” event, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Greenwood Center (231 Maple Road) in Longmeadow.

“We’re extremely happy with the response so far, and we hope it continues,” Marantz said. “With electricity costs going up, purchasing a system at a reduced cost – with the tax credits – is really a great option for a lot of people. It’s a great way to save money and help the environment at the same time.”

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– Article by Jeff Hanouille/Longmeadow News