SOMERS, N.Y. -- Residents in Somers can lower their heating and cooling bills by taking advantage of the Solarize Somers-New Castle initiative that allows residents to solarize their homes at discount by using a state-approved installer.
A Solarize workshop, will be held for residents to learn more about the initiative on Wednesday. Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Somers Library at 82 Primrose St., Katonah.
The Somers-New Castle effort has reached the program’s lower priced tier with 14 contracts signed, giving residents a even-lower price to take part in the program. This is the first campaign of the four currently running under Solarize Westchester to reach the lower price.
New Castle residents Peter Martin and Kendal Sandlin said “One of our initial major worries was that the panels would look out of place on our property and not match the surroundings. Now that we’re a year into having the PV installed, we think it’s attractive. They start conversations, and everyone who comes over wants to know more about solar power. It is a much different response than we expected."
Since the campaign launched, more than 200 residents from Somers, New Castle, and surrounding towns have enrolled in the Solarize program. Dozens have attended educational workshops to learn how solar works and get their questions answered by the installer partner’s solar experts.
“Thanks to the Somers Energy Environment Committee, this is one of our major sustainable efforts.” added Somers Supervisor Rick Morrissey. “The fact that so many residents have already signed up for a free, no-obligation solar assessment, proves the desire for this renewable energy source in our community is strong.”
Solarize Somers-New Castle is one of four campaigns of Solarize Westchester, a program supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The program offers group discounts through a pre-selected installer, Direct Energy Solar, who reduces the cost.
Residents in Somers and New Castle are encouraged to learn more and enroll on the Solarize Somers-New Castle site to find out if solar is right for their home.
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