For Immediate Release
October 17, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today called on Boston residents to solarize their homes as the City builds on the early success of its Renew Boston Solarize program. Since its August 26 launch, the program has signed contracts with 29 Boston residents to install a combined total of 150 kW of solar power. More than 400 homeowners have received or scheduled solar home assessments and the program is well on its way to reaching its goal of 150 homes “Solarized.” The deadline for participation in the current bulk pricing offer is November 30.
“My team is dedicated to reaching even more residents to see if going solar is right for them,” Mayor Menino said. “Through the Renew Boston Solarize program, residents can lock in lower energy costs, create new clean energy jobs right here in Boston and help us continue to ‘greenovate’ our city.”
Renew Boston Solarize has partnered with Next Step Living, a leading whole-home energy solutions company, to conduct the program’s solar home assessments and bring competitively priced solar panels to Boston homeowners by providing more affordable rates and streamlining the process for going solar.
"Once people see the proposal to install solar on their roof, it makes so much economic and environmental sense that they will get on the bandwagon," said Richard Allsbrook, who was the first to install solar panels under Renew Boston Solarize. Richard, a Roslindale resident, purchased his solar panels by using a combination of no and low interest financing. His electrical bill is expected to drop by an average of $75 a month.
“Renew Boston Solarize makes solar power more accessible than ever for city residents,” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy “and gives Bostonians the opportunity to save money on energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Renew Boston Solarize continues to hold free Solar Information Workshops in neighborhoods across the city this fall. Upcoming workshop locations include Jamaica Plain, Brighton, South Boston and Mattapan. Visit Solar.RenewBoston.org for workshop details or to see if your home is a good candidate for solar. To date there are over a 400 residential solar installations in Boston which can be viewed on the Renew Boston Solar map at gis.cityofboston.gov/solarboston.
Renew Boston Solarize is part of Greenovate Boston, Mayor Menino’s new citywide branding for Boston’s sustainability initiatives. Visit GreenovateBoston.org for more information