For Immediate Release
November 14, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced 116 residents signed contracts to install solar projects through Solarize Mass-Boston, which will more than double residential solar projects in Boston. The four-month 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. The 116 contracts will result in 522 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy, with 41 contracts signed in the last week alone.
“Solarize Mass-Boston was an outstanding success and helped increase Bostonians’ access to the clean energy revolution,” Mayor Menino said. “We’ll build on this success and continue to develop programs to help residents and businesses green their energy usage while reducing costs.”
The four-month Solarize Mass-Boston program, a group buying program, was designed to increase the adoption of solar energy and reduce its cost, by offering residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar. The more people signed up, the more prices dropped. Mayor Menino is installing solar on his home in Hyde Park though the program.
“Giving residents this opportunity to go solar is part of the City’s ongoing work to support Bostonians in their efforts to save money on energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy. “Solarize Mass-Boston made solar power more accessible than ever for City residents. We are well on our way to meeting Mayor Menino’s 2015 goal of 25 megawatts of solar energy in Boston, with solar being installed at residences, businesses, and municipal buildings at an increasing rate.”
Solarize Mass, which was available in 17 Massachusetts communities including Boston in 2012, offered five tiers of discounted pricing based on the total solar capacity contracted under the program. As more residents and businesses contracted for solar, the price for solar energy dropped. The City of Boston and community volunteers selected a partnership with SolarCity to handle solar consultations and installations for the community
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. 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.