Power of the Sun: Menino Pushing Residents to Solarize Their Homes

Mayor Thomas Menino is making a big push here in East Boston to get residents to solarize their homes.

At the last Orient heights Neighborhood Council meeting, a representative from Renew Boston urged residents to take advantage of the city’s solarize program. The city also sent people door to door in the neighborhood Saturday asking if residents wanted to undertake a free energy audit and learn more about solarizing their homes.

“My team is dedicated to reaching even more residents to see if going solar is right for them,” said Menino. “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.”

Since its August 26 launch, the program has signed contracts with 60 Boston residents to install a combined total of 302 KW of solar power and has reached Tier 4 community pricing. More than 700 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.

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.

Renew Boston Solarize continues to hold free Solar Information Workshops in neighborhoods in Eastie and across the city this fall.

Eastie residents can visit Solar.RenewBoston.org for workshop details or to see if their home is a good candidate for solar.  To date there are over 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

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