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Local Groups Looking for Help in Promoting Solar Panel Grant for Lexington

Take a survey to help push the state to have Lexington receive a grant supporting solar power in town.

Solar Panels - Patch File Photo
Solar Panels - Patch File Photo
There is an effort underway to have Lexington selected as a recipient for a grant to promote solar power in town. 

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 are collaborating to write a grant proposal called "Solarize Lexington."  

"This would create a 'rooftop revolution' by helping to put a substantial number of solar electric systems on Lexington's residential and small business/nonprofit roofs," a release from the groups states.    

The successful Solarize Mass program, sponsored by the state funded MA Clean Energy Center, will aid selected communities by helping to choose a solar installer and provide support for marketing the Solarize program.  By enlisting many Lexington community groups to reach out to their members, an economy of scale can be realized--the more people who sign up for the program, the lower the price offered by the installer.  

Click here for more information: masscec.com/solarizemass

“This bulk purchasing program has saved residents and businesses money, while aiding in the Patrick Administration’s goal of creating local jobs and expanding our use of home-grown energy sources,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. “We’re excited to find the next round of Solarize Mass communities.”  

Winchester, Arlington, Newton, Carlisle and Chelmsford are among 31 communities who have offered this program, resulting in 1000 installations--good for the pocketbook, good for community spirit, and good for the climate.

"We hope Lexington and our partner in the grant, Bedford, will be chosen in the next round of Solarize MA grants, due in mid October," the release states. "You can help the grant proposal by participating in a 20-second confidential survey to document the degree of interest you have in a Solarize Lexington program (no commitment necessary):

Click here to take the survey -  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J5HCBB5

For more information or to get involved, contact grant team members Fran Ludwig (fludwig12@yahoo.com) or Marcia Gens (gensfamily@gmail.com). 

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