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Longmeadow is partnering with the City of Springfield to apply to the Massachusetts Clean EnergyCenter’s Solarize solar power program. Solarize is a community-based education, outreach and group buying program that allows residents to band together to save money on solar electric systems. This program will allow 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 signup. The greater the number, the lower the final installation cost.
Since Solarize launched in 2011, the program has resulted in more than 17,000 individuals expressinginterest in pursuing solar electricity. Over 3,200 residents and business owners in the 63 communitiessigned contracts resulting in 21.6 megawatts of contracted capacity. In addition, the number of smallscalesolar electricity projects in almost every community doubled as a result of the program.
For many residents, business owners and municipalities throughout Massachusetts, installing a solarelectric system is a smart investment that converts clean, free sunlight to electricity, reduces airpollution, reduces or eliminates monthly electricity bills, and contributes to the local economy bycreating local jobs and supporting local businesses.
To qualify for the Clean Energy Center’s program, Longmeadow needs to demonstrate an interest in learning more about residential solar systems. To gauge interest, there is a short survey for town residents to take at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFFYBQB
Please contact Solar Coach Steve Marantz with any questions or if you are interested in participating.His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.