Chelmsford, Carlisle taking part in Mass. solar-energy program

April 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

NORTHAMPTON — Chelmsford and Carlisle are among 10 communities that will take part in a program that promotes solar energy, state officials announced Friday.

Solarize Mass is run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources. It will work with local officials to draft bids for solar-energy service providers. During the 2012 Solarize Mass program, customers purchased solar electricity systems for 20 percent less than the statewide average price at the beginning of the program, according to a press release.

Last year, 17 cities and towns participated in Solarize Mass, with 749 residents and businesses signing contracts, That created systems that could generate 4.8 megawatts, enough to power the equivalent of 719 average Massachusetts homes annually, according to the press release.

The communities of Bourne, Brookline, Lee, Medford, Medway, Newton, Northampton and Williamstown also are taking part. Carlisle and Chelmsford will participate as a group.

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