3/31/14 Solar 101 at Dartmouth Library

Have you been thinking about solar, but don’t know where to begin? Come to the Southworth Public Library on April 16 and learn about the very affordable ways to enjoy the benefits of solar energy for your home. In partnership with the town of Dartmouth, the SouthCoast Energy Challenge recently launched the Dartmouth Solar Challenge, a special time-limited campaign to help homeowners shrink their electricity costs as well as their carbon footprint.“The Dartmouth Solar Challenge is a commitment to our residents to provide opportunities for cost savings and planet saving,” said Select Board Member Lara Stone.

“Solar 101” will be an informal presentation so residents can learn about the basics of a solar photovoltaic system that would be specially designed to match their home’s energy needs. Financing, federal and state incentives will be clarified, as well as the special time-limited Dartmouth tiered rebate. Artie Leonard of RGS Energy, formerly known as Real Goods Solar, will present Solar 101.

RGS Energy is the chosen solar installer for the Dartmouth Solar Campaign. RGS Energy has installed solar systems for many homeowners in Dartmouth and hundreds throughout the state. RGS Energy was chosen for their excellent customer service record and ability to offer a range of technical and financial choices to homeowners. They have also been the chosen installers for many successful Solarize Mass programs, including Solarize Northampton, where over 100 new solar projects were contracted during the program.

Rooftop residential solar projects are becoming increasingly popular in Massachusetts, and Dartmouth is currently #1 for municipal solar in Massachusetts. “We are very pleased by the show of support for our program, which will enable us to bring the most current information about residential solar options to homeowners,” said Karen Stewart, Assistant Director of the SouthCoast Energy Challenge. “The Dartmouth Solar Challenge is an exciting way for residents to benefit from the lowest solar pricing in years and offers a unique, tiered incentive rebate that increases as more people sign on. Dartmouth residents who sign solar contracts by July 31st will be eligible for rebates of as much as $1,000 each, if the goal of signing up at least 50 people for solar projects is reached.”

Dartmouth resident Noah Kaput met SouthCoast Energy Challenge staff last year and signed up for a no-cost solar assessment for his newly constructed home. “When we factored in the tax, rebate and SREC incentives here in MA, we knew that installing solar would save us money and meet our needs for an efficient, low-impact home. Real Goods (RGS Energy) did a great job simplifying the paperwork and making sure we had a clear understanding of our system.”

BayCoast Bank is in partnership with the SouthCoast Energy Challenge to help people gain access to financing if they chose to own their system.

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