MassCEC Announces Scituate Reaches 100 kW of Solar Through Solarize

MASSCEC ANNOUNCES SCITUATE REACHES 100 KW OF SOLAR THROUGH SOLARIZE MASSACHUSETTS PILOT
Oct 28, 2011 –
Boston

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced that 27 residents or businesses have contracted with Munro Distributing to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through MassCEC’s Solarize Mass pilot. The projects will install 102.33 kW of solar in Scituate, allowing residents and business owners to install solar at discounted rates through the Solarize Mass pilot.  
“Congratulations to the town of Scituate for surpassing this milestone, ensuring the community lower price points on solar power that will likely spur even greater adoption of solar power,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., who chairs the MassCEC board. “As of today, Massachusetts has nearly 60 megawatts of solar power installed – and Solarize Mass is another way we are spreading the solar revolution across the state.”   
“Scituate is another example that Solarize Massachusetts is motivating residents and business owners in these four towns to adopt solar energy as a viable way to manage energy costs and reduce dependence on fossil fuels ,” said MassCEC Executive Director Patrick Cloney. “I congratulate Scituate in reaching the second pricing tier and hope to see more community members go solar by the end of the month.”
“We are extremely pleased for Scituate residents that will reap the financial benefits of Solarize Mass tier II pricing,” said Glenn Maltais, VP Market Development and Sustainability at Munro Distributing Company, Inc.  “The community has shown a tremendous amount of foresight by embracing this unique opportunity to go solar. It’s hard not to be impressed by individuals with the fortitude to look beyond today’s challenges and act collectively to bring about a better tomorrow. We commend their efforts, and hope other communities join them in ushering in the era of clean energy and sustainable living.” 
 “It is terrific news that Scituate has reached tier II. The installer Munro Distributing and MassCEC have put a lot of hard work into the process, and now everyone will benefit,” said Scituate Town Planner Laura Harbottle. 
“The people of Scituate are proving their commitment to clean green energy,” said Representative Garrett Bradley.  “I am thrilled that more residents will have access to discounted solar panels and hope even more will participate.”
As part of the Solarize Mass pilot MassCEC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for bulk purchasing business models from solar integrators in which installation costs are based on a tiered structure that provide lower costs with increased capacity of solar installed within the community. Munro Distributing Company, Inc. was selected as the Solarize installer for Scituate. 
The pilot will be concluding Monday October 31st, and Scituate residents will have until that date to contract for a PV system in order to be eligible for the reduced installation rates. 
For more information on Solarize Mass visit: www.MassCEC.com/solarizemass. 
Solarize Massachusetts was launched in four pilot communities in Massachusetts this spring to encourage residents and business owners to adopt solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. MassCEC, in partnership with the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) selected the communities of Harvard, Hatfield, Scituate, and Winchester to participate in the model, which leverages education, grassroots marketing, and group purchasing to accelerate the adoption of solar PV. MassCEC has provided education and marketing support to help the four communities implement a community-wide solar PV program for residential and small-scale commercial projects, and deploy bulk-purchasing business model to reduce costs.