Residents are invited to meet the installers on Saturday, July 29 at Bemis Hall
(Lincoln, MA)—Volunteers from the communities of Lincoln, Wayland, and Sudbury have made recent headway with the state’s Solarize program, selecting SolarFlair Energy, Inc. to offer solar photovoltaic and New England Solar Hot Water for solar thermal and solar hot water options.
Residents are encouraged to join SolarFlair and New England Solar Hot Water for an information session on Saturday, July 29, 4 p.m. at Bemis Hall. Participants will learn more about how to determine whether their homes are suitable for solar, how they might qualify for financing and incentives, and how to sign up for a visit with the installer, and how to get a no-cost solar and home energy assessment. Additional information sessions are available on Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m. at the Wayland High School Auditorium, and on Wednesday, July 26, 7 p.m. at the Goodnow Library in Sudbury.
More than twenty proposals were submitted to Solarize 2017 in the three towns. Proposals were reviewed by the MassCEC, representatives of the towns’ energy committees and volunteers, and municipal representatives. Selection criteria included installer experience, locality, product and systems quality, equipment and installation warranties and pricing. Solarize enables residents of a community to enter into a competitive pricing agreement with a preferred solar installer following a vetting process.
Representatives from Lincoln, Wayland, and Sudbury’s energy committees are working with MassCEC to promote solar photovoltaic and solar hot water for residential rooftop installation. This program helps consumers by keeping costs lower, ensuring that installations are of high quality, and offering ongoing support and troubleshooting.
In addition to finding a vendor for solar photovoltaic, the three towns were also selected to engage in a pilot project, Solarize Plus. Unlike solar photovoltaic, which converts direct sunlight to electricity, solar hot water transfers heat from the atmosphere directly to a hot water tank in your home. This technology can be more forgiving of shadier rooftops and/or smaller roof footprints that may not be suitable to accommodate solar photovoltaic. Currently, 0% financing is available for solar hot water through MassSave.
A February survey of Lincoln residents indicated strong interest in exploring investments in residential solar options. More on those results can be found here.
To learn more about Solarize for the towns of Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland, visit www.solarizeLSW.org.