When all installations are complete, one in 20 Harvard residents will be generating solar power, by far the highest adoption rate of any town in Massachusetts. Although not officially under the Solarize Harvard program, several residents also installed solar hot water systems on their homes as a result of what they learned during the pilot program.
“This milestone is significant for everyone involved,” Durrenberger said. “But none of it would have happened without the progressive attitude of everyone in Harvard. The town should serve as an inspiration to other towns and cities looking to reduce their carbon footprint and dependence on imported energy,” he said.
“New England Breeze Solar made investing in solar very easy to understand and execute. The level of skill and professionalism the crew displayed was unmatched in any serious renovation project I have done yet. The system is working very well and will provide about half my families’ needs,” said Tom Williams, the first Harvard customer to sign on to Solarize Harvard.
Solarize Harvard is part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (CEC) Solarize Massachusetts pilot program, which was launched in June 2011 in the towns of Harvard, Hatfield, Scituate and Winchester. The goal of the pilot was to increase adoption of solar electric systems by essentially offering volume discounts that meant lower prices for communities buying multiple installations. Harvard had the best result of the four towns in the pilot program, due to the strong partnership between the community of Harvard, the CEC, and New England Breeze Solar.
Solar electric systems help homeowners lower their electric bills, make tax-free money selling solar credits, generate pollution-free power, and increase their homes’ value by $20 for every $1 saved by the solar system.
“The time has never been better to install a solar electric or hot water system on your home. Ten years ago, a solar array on your roof paid for itself in 15 to 20 years. Today, it’s about six years,” said Durrenberger.
Contact New England Business Solar at (978) 56-SOLAR, or visit the company’s website at www.NewEnglandBreeze.com, for more information.
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