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Lexington Group Receives Grant for Solar Power

Learn more about a local coalition's effort to reduce residents' electric bills with green technology.

Solar Panels - Patch File Photo
Solar Panels - Patch File Photo
A local coalition was successful in its attempt to get a grant to support a solar power program in Lexington. 

A group of local organizations, including the Town of Lexington, Sustainable Lexington, the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition, and the Lexington League of Women Voters collaborated to write a grant proposal called "Solarize Lexington." The groups submitted a grant application to the Solarize Mass program, sponsored by the state funded MA Clean Energy Center, last fall. 

According to group member Marcia Gens Lexington and its partner in the endeavor Bedford were selected to receive a grant from Solarize Mass. 

"Join your neighbors in a 'rooftop revolution' as we save money on our electric bill and reduce our carbon footprint," a release from Gens states. "The Towns of Lexington and Bedford, in partnership with local conservation, civic, and faith based groups, are working with the Mass Clean Energy Center and MA Department of Energy Resources to promote solar electricity for homeowners, small businesses, and non-profits.  A single solar installer, vetted and chosen jointly by the state and the local Solarize teams will provide exceptional pricing for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. Even better, the more people who sign up by June 30, the lower the price drops for everyone."

There will be a public information meeting, Solar101, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. the Cary Memorial Building, Battin Hall. 

Solar Energy experts from the Mass Clean Energy Center will present"Solar 101," an educational session providing an overview of how solar electric systems work, an explanation on how Federal and State incentives can save you money, and how you can go solar with the new community based “Solarize Lexington-Bedford Program.”   

There will also be a "Meet the Solar Installer Night" on Monday Feb. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room, 1874 Mass. Ave.  For more information contact Solar Coaches Fran Ludwig or Marcia Gens at:  solarizelexington@gmail.com

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