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Merrimack Valley

January 20, 2014

Andover getting educated about solar power

ANDOVER — Anyone interested in learning more about Solarize Andover - a new program to encourage installation of residential and commercial solar panels - should plan on attending a meeting later this month.

On Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., members of the Solarize Andover team will be at the Public Safety Center, 32 North Main St., to give a presentation about the state-sponsored program and answer any questions from the audience.

The event, dubbed ‘Solar 101,’ is part of the group’s outreach effort to spread the word about the program and, hopefully, get more people on board.

The meeting will feature a presentation by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center representatives about the Solarize Massachusetts program, which is a joint initiative of MassCEC, the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division, local municipal officials and community volunteers. It is designed to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity within a community.

On Dec. 2, 2013, Mass CEC announced Andover’s participation in Round 2 of the Solarize Mass program.

The way the program works is that one company is chosen to be the installer for a community which reduces the cost of installation by leveraging group purchasing power.

The installer for Solarize Andover will be chosen by February 2014, and enrollment to install solar electric systems will follow from mid-February through June.

Homeowners and businesses will have the option to either purchase a system at a reduced cost or enter into a lease/Power Purchase Arrangement (PPA) with no money down.

For more information visit solarizeandover.com, and/or email comments and suggestions to SolarizeAndover@gmail.com.

The meeting will be cablecast live on Comcast Channel 22 for people who can’t attend in-person.

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