Upton was named as one of the final municipalities to participate in Solarize Mass for 2016. A partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and local communities, Solarize Mass reduces the overall cost of solar in municipalities across the state, helping residents save as much as 20 percent on solar pricing compared to the statewide average.
“Upton is pleased to have been selected to participate in the Solarize Mass program,” said Jim Brochu, chairman of the Upton Board of Selectmen. “We know that there are many Upton residents interested in installing solar energy systems to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions and this program will help them do it more cost effectively.”
Since its launch in 2011, 51 cities and towns have participated in Solarize Mass, which has led to the contracting of more than 2,600 new small-scale installations at homes and businesses resulting in 18 megawatts of contracted solar capacity. To date, systems installed under Solarize Mass have reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 1,500 cars off the road annually.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the residents of Upton— a community that has made significant strides at pursuing innovations to support the green economy,” said State Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury). “I applaud efforts by MassCEC and DOER in helping to bring these ideas and programs to fruition. As the Commonwealth continues to look ahead toward sustainable energy options, it is important that these opportunities are affordable to local residents.”
Through a competitive bidding process, communities select designated Solarize Mass installers that feature the most attractive pricing, outreach and community education packages.
“This amazing opportunity will not only help residents and businesses of our district save on their overall utility costs, but will also be making a positive impact on our planet,” said State Representative David Muradian, (R-Grafton). “It is very exciting that Upton was one of the five chosen communities to partner with Solarize Mass, and I look forward to continuing to work with them.”
Massachusetts currently has 1,093 megawatts of solar capacity installed statewide, more than halfway to the Commonwealth’s goal of 1,600 megawatts installed by 2020 and enough to power more than 166,000 homes.