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Solarize Mass Selects Arlington For Solar PV Discount Program

State program offers discounted pricing on solar electric power systems to Arlington homes and businesses

Solar 101 Kick-off Meeting May 31, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

May 7, 2012 - On April 12, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. announced that Arlington was among 17 communities selected to participate in the 2012 Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) Program, which helps residents and business owners adopt solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. To encourage participation in the program, discounted pricing is being offered by a Solarize Mass approved PV installer, with the discount increasing as more homes and businesses sign up to go solar.  Solarize Mass is part of the effort to reach Governor Patrick's goal of 250 megawatts (MW) of solar power installed by 2017. The Town would like to thank its state legislative delegation for support of the Green Jobs Act and Green Communities Act. Their support allows for programs like this to be available.

Now that Arlington has been selected to participate in this program, the Town is working with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Sustainable Arlington to inform residents/businesses about the solar discount program, which ends September 30.  As part of the application process, the Town conducted a brief online survey in March to gauge interest in this program and over 700 respondents took the survey, with 86% showing an interest in committing to a solar PV system this year.

“The survey results showed a tremendous interest by residents in solar electricity options” said Town Manager, Adam Chapdelaine. “We are pleased to be selected by the state to be able to offer these discounts to residents. We hope residents will learn about the program so that their home or business can take advantage of the program, if applicable.”

The Solarize Arlington campaign will officially kick off with a public meeting at Town Hall on May 31, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. Called “Solar 101,” the meeting will include an overview of the program by representatives from MassCEC along with a question and answer session and the ability to sign up for the program.

 

“There has never been a better time to go solar,” said Arlington Solar Coach, Ryan Katofsky. “Prices have fallen dramatically in the last two years and customers can choose from lease or buy options, including lease options that require no money down, which means you can start saving money on your monthly electric bill from day one.”  Katofsky, an Arlington resident, recently installed solar PV on his own home and brings his expertise to the Solarize Mass program as Arlington’s Solar Coach. Katofsky will be at the Solar 101 event to answer questions about his own experiences with solar PV.

 

The outreach effort and sign-up period will continue throughout the summer. This is a limited time offer and to take advantage of the discounts, commitments must be made by September 30, 2012.

 

For more information about Solarize Arlington go to www.arlingtonma.gov/energy.

Contact Arlington's Solar Coach, Ryan Katofsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information about Solarize Mass can be found at www.solarizmass.com/Arlington or by calling 617.315.9306. Follow @MassCEC on Twitter for Solarize Updates.

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