10/1/14 Solar 101 Includes Historic Preservation

Can New England’s architectural legacy be compatible with solar panels? Is it possible to preserve historic integrity and transition to clean energy? While there is no one-solution-fits-all, there are guidelines issued by the National Trust for Historic Preservation  and some local historic district commissions. In a Solar 101 presentation sponsored by SouthCoast Energy Challenge on Oct. 14, learn of solar systems that were acceptable to local historical commissions from David Cole, member of the Westport Planning Board and the owner of a solar-powered home in the Westport Point Historic District. A retired Harvard economist, Mr. Cole will also share the financial results of utilizing solar energy. Additionally, the Solar 101 presentation will explore the basics of solar electricity with Artie Leonard of RGS Energy. He will have current information on the changing financial incentives for residential clean energy since some of the state incentives will sunset this year. This presentation, sponsored to highlight Energy Awareness Month, comes on the cusp of rising electricity costs. In November, a typical National Grid residential customer will see an electric bill that is 37 percent higher than last winter for the same amount of electricity used. Solar 101 will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in Howland Hall, Westport Point United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Rd., Westport, MA. It is a free program and open to the public. National Energy Awareness Month promotes energy efficiency, conservation, and clean energy. It reminds us that each of us is a part of the solution as we make smart energy choices.

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