Real Goods Solar, a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility customers, yesterday announced that it has been selected as a 2013 Solarize Mass Installer by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Green Communities Division of the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to bring solar electricity to home and business owners in Massachusetts through the Solarize Mass program.
Real Goods Solar, in partnership with MassCEC, will work with Solarize Mass Community Solar Coaches to implement the Solarize Mass program in the Massachusetts communities of Northampton, Lee, and Williamstown.
The goal of the Solarize programs is to increase the adoption of solar energy and further reduce the overall cost of solar power. Additionally, the program offers residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar through tiered community-based incentives. Greater savings can be enjoyed as more members of a particular community participate.
“We’ve realized great success with previous Solarize programs, and we expect this one to be even stronger,” commented Real Goods Solar CEO Kam Mofid. “Through the 2011 Solarize Mass Pilot program, Real Goods Solar helped Hatfield and Winchester Massachusetts collectively achieve more than 200 kilowatts of solar power capacity. We were also able to more than double the amount of solar in Portland, Connecticut by installing more than 342 kilowatts through the Solarize Connecticut pilot program.”
Beginning April 2013, as part of the effort to reach Governor Patrick’s goal of 250 megawatts of solar power installed by 2017, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. announced that MassCEC and the Department of Energy Resources had selected the cities and towns of Bourne, Brookline, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Lee, Medford, Medway, Newton, Northampton, and Williamstown to participate in the first round of the 2013 Solarize Mass program. The state is close to reaching its goal – 243 megawatts of solar electricity installed to date or the equivalent of powering 38,000 homes for a year as a result of the Solarize mass program and other incentives.
MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton, said, “This program brings together residents, local and state officials, and solar industry workers to form a truly grassroots effort. With everyone at the table, we can spread the word about the economic and environmental benefits of solar power across 10 communities.”
The Solarize Mass programs in Lee, Williamstown and Northampton are planned to continue through summer. Home and business owners will have until September 30, 2013 to register for their savings.
For more information on Real Goods Solar, please visit www.RealGoodsSolar.com
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