For Immediate Release
December 20, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the installation of solar panels at his home in Hyde Park, which will be completed by Boston-based Atlantic Power and Light and two co-op students from Madison Park High School. Mayor Menino was one of 116 Boston homeowners who elected to go solar through the now completed Solarize Mass-Boston program, which ran this past summer.
“Solarize Mass-Boston has been an amazing success, increasing access to clean energy for many of our residents,” Mayor Menino said. “We will build off this success and continue to build and develop programs to help residents and businesses go green and save money.”
SolarCity partnered with IBEW Local 103 to have local contractors and students complete the installation on the Mayor’s home. IBEW Local 103 Electrical Union runs a co-op program every year with 8-10 students from Madison Park to work with and be trained by Licensed Electricians. The co-op program gives high school seniors on-the-job training and the experience they need to get a leg up on the competition for a future as an electrician.
“It’s refreshing to work with a leader like Mayor Menino who practices what he preaches -- he asks developers to use contractors who are committed to Boston Jobs Policy, participate in apprenticeship programs, provide healthcare and retirement plans for their employees and when it's time for him to spend his own money he doesn’t do the opposite," said Michael P. Monahan, Business Manager of IBEW Local 103. "The Mayor also supports green changes for buildings in Boston and has stepped to the plate on his own home."
Today’s installation consisted of a 3.38kW system with thirteen 260-watt solar panels. The Mayor put $500 down and can expect to see his electrical bill drop by more than $16/month or about $197 per year. The savings may be ever greater over the 20-year life of the contract, as the Mayor locked his rate in at $0.12/kWh, as opposed to the current rate of $0.155/kWh from the electric utilities.
The four-month Solarize Mass-Boston program, which concluded on November 4, was a partnership between the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to make solar more accessible and affordable for Boston homeowners. Solarize Mass-Boston was group buying program designed to increase the adoption of solar energy and reduce its cost, by offering residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar. The more people sign up, the lower the prices dropped. The 116 contracts will result in 522 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy
“Mayor Menino is leading by example putting solar power on his home and demonstrating his dedication to making Boston the greenest city in Country.,” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy. “Solarize Mass-Boston showed that solar power can work for City residents and we hope to expand of this in the future.”
While the Solarize Mass-Boston program is complete, going solar is still a good deal for many residents. There are number of outstanding, qualified installers in the Boston area, so shop around to get multiple quotes. One place to find solar installers is at www.sebane.org. While some homeowners and businesses may not be able to install solar energy, Renew Boston offers extensive energy efficiency services to reduce energy costs including no-cost energy assessments. More information is available at www.RenewBoston.org.