The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) today announced that the deadline for the Solarize Massachusetts program (Solarize Mass has been extended to Nov. 4 due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the Commonwealth.
"With the storm bringing high winds and heavy rain to Massachusetts, we want to ensure that solar installers and home and business owners can safely execute contracts," said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton McDevitt. "This will give homeowners and businesses extra time to focus on storm recovery while keeping the program open so they can still participate."
Solarize Mass is currently underway in Acton, Arlington, Boston, Hopkinton, Lenox, Lincoln, Melrose, Mendon, Millbury, Montague, Newburyport, Palmer, Pittsfield, Shirley, Sudbury, Sutton and Wayland.
“We want to make sure people will have some extra time to participate in this program following the devastating storm this week,” said DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “We appreciate the work of the communities to get the word out to residents and businesses about the opportunity to lock in discounted solar pricing.”
Residents and business owners looking to sign a contract should contact their solar installer directly.
The program, designed to increase the adoption of solar energy and reduce the cost of solar energy, offers residents and businesses long-term discounted solar pricing and lower prices than traditional sources of fossil fuel-based energy generation, which is also costly to the environment and public health.
Solarize Mass, administered jointly by MassCEC and DOER, encourages the adoption of small scale solar PV systems by allowing residents and businesses to access a five-tiered, bulk purchasing program in their communities. As more people in a particular community contract for solar energy, the price drops for all involved.