For Immediate Release
June 20, 2012
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Mayor's Press Office
On the longest day of the year, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced that the City of Boston is launching Solarize Mass - Boston, a summertime campaign to make solar more affordable and easily accessible for the city’s homeowners and small businesses. Mayor Menino’s has set a goal to double the amount of residential scale solar power installations in Boston through the Solarize Mass – Boston campaign. The more residents and small businesses participate, the lower the price will go due to the economies of scale and reduced marketing costs from this coordinated community campaign.
“I encourage all to join the clean energy revolution in Boston,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Residents and businesses can lock in lower energy costs, new clean energy jobs are created right here in Boston and we all get to help make Boston a greener and more sustainable city.”
MassCEC created the Solarize Mass campaign to encourage solar energy adoption through a combination of a coordinated education, marketing and outreach effort, and a tiered savings structure. In April 2012, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. announced the MassCEC and the Department of Energy Resources selected 17 communities to participate in the 2012 Solarize Mass Program, as part of the effort to reach Governor Patrick's goal of 250 megawatts (MW) of solar power installed by 2017.
“Under Governor Patrick’s leadership, Massachusetts is the nation’s leader in clean energy,” said Patrick Cloney, Chief Executive Officer of MassCEC. “We are seeing tremendous growth of solar PV throughout the Commonwealth and now, with the right policies and programs in place, we at MassCEC are tremendously excited to partner with Boston and other cities and towns across the Commonwealth to bring clean, locally sourced, cost-effective solar electricity generation to individual residences and businesses.”
The City of Boston and MassCEC have chosen SolarCity, a national leader in clean energy products and services, as Solarize Mass – Boston solar service provider. SolarCity simplifies the process for any customer making the switch to solar with a full-service approach. SolarCity will customize the design of the system, install solar panels, provide monitoring and handle any repairs or maintenance if required.
“We are honored to be chosen by the City of Boston as the Solarize Mass – Boston provider,” said Ed Steins, SolarCity’s Northeast Regional Vice-President. “SolarCity can give Bostonians the option to install solar panels for free and save money on their utility bills.”
Mayor Menino has been national leader in promoting a clean energy economy through initiatives such as Renew Boston and the first in the nation green building standards. The City of Boston going solar on its own buildings by installing 214 kW of solar power at the Central Fleet Maintenance facility in South Boston and the Archives Building in West Roxbury with assistance from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Solarize Mass - Boston will hold free “Solar 201” workshops in neighborhoods across the city over the summer and early fall, starting with workshops in Jamaica Plain and Mattapan. Interested home owners can get information and sign up for a free consultation from SolarCity at www.RenewBoston.org/Solar or call 855-335-SOLAR. While some homeowners and businesses may not be able to install solar energy, Renew Boston has an extensive energy efficiency services to reduce energy costs. Find out more at www.RenewBoston.org.
Upcoming “Solar 201” Workshops:
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 6pm to 8pm
Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 - 6pm to 8pm
Mattapan Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA