Home Energy Clean energy programs come to Mendon and Upton – News – Milford...

Clean energy programs come to Mendon and Upton – News – Milford Daily News

20
0

Officials and volunteers from the two towns opted to sign up for all six technologies offered through the program. Those include solar panels, solar battery storage, solar thermal hot water, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and electric vehicles.

Don’t be surprised to see more solar panels popping up on Mendon and Upton rooftops, or electric vehicles on local roads, in coming months.

The two communities were recently accepted into a state program promoting cleaner energy options, Mass Solarize Plus, having applied together a few months ago.

“Once you start using this technology, it’s like why didn’t we use it before?” said Anne Mazar, Mendon’s municipal representative under the program and also a member of the town’s Community Preservation Committee.

Run through the public agency Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the program vets vendors three times – twice at the state level and then once at the town level – and leverages the buying power of whole communities for lower costs.

“Massachusetts is so good about supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency,” Mazar said, “and this program is to help people get green-energy technology at an affordable price, and also through vendors they can trust.”

Officials and volunteers from the two towns opted to sign up for all six technologies offered through the program. Those include solar panels, solar battery storage, solar thermal hot water, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and electric vehicles.

“It’s a good way for people to lessen their carbon footprint and save money now and in the future,” Mazar said.

The decision to offer all six technologies makes the Mendon and Upton partnership the first in the state to do so, Mazar said. The extra offerings meant local volunteers had more organizing work to do before kicking off the program, but Mazar said the final result is an easy-to-navigate system for residents and business owners.

“Once we got it all set, at this point now we just direct people to the technology they’re interested in,” she said. “People can do one technology, they can do all of them, whatever they choose.”

Mendon chose five companies from the state-vetted list for the six types of technology. Mendon’s own Boucher Energy will install the air source heat pumps; North Andover-based ACE Solar will be responsible for the solar panels and solar battery storage; and Cohasset-based RES Solar will take on solar thermal hot water installations.

Drive Green, a program of the Boston- and Providence, Rhode Island-based Green Energy Consumers Alliance, will be the contact point for electric cars, and Salem’s Achieve Renewable Energy will install any ground source heat pumps.

Mendon and Upton individually took advantage of a similar program a few years ago, which focused on solar panels. Mazar said 10% of Mendon and Upton buildings have solar panels now.

“We’re doing it to promote green energy,” she said, of herself and other volunteers helping to run the program. “It’s vital for our future.”

Mazar said she has solar panels, one of the heat pumps, and an electric car. Under the new program, she’s planning to look into solar battery storage that could keep her electricity running during a power failure.

“I’d like to do a solar battery. If you have an outage, you have energy, and it’s quiet,” she said, adding that gas generators require fuel, are noisy, and can be difficult to set up. “The sun is free, and that’s your fuel. That’s kind of a amazing.”

Her Chevy Bolt defies the electric car stereotypes of being small and slow, she said, easily fitting her husband, who is over 6 feet tall, and the couple’s two mid-sized dogs, and zipping around. The car gets 600 miles per charge – plugging it in overnight at home – during the summer.

“Once you drive one, they are so fun,” she said. “You don’t have mufflers to replace, you don’t have oil to change, and at the same time you’re saving money and you’re healing the planet.”

Remote educational presentations called “Meet the Installer” will take place over Zoom on Monday through Thursday, and then Aug. 9-10, and will include opportunities to ask questions.

A meeting for all installers will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday. A meeting specific to ground source heat pumps will be held Tuesda, while the air source heat pump meeting will be held Wednesday. The solar hot water meeting will be Thursday.

Meetings will take a two-day break, then resume on Sunday, Aug.9, with electric vehicles, and then Monday, Aug. 10, with solar panels and battery storage.

All meetings begin at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The first and the combination solar panel and solar battery storage meetings will go to 8:30 p.m., but the rest are scheduled for one hour.

“We’re hoping this will make people more familiar (with the technology),” Mazar said. “We want questions people have. We want to answer or connect them to people who are really knowledgeable about the technology.”    

Meetings will be recorded and posted to the program’s website and Facebook page. Learn more, find contact information and “Meet the Installer” Zoom links at https://www.solarizemendonupton.com/home or https://www.facebook.com/SolarizeMendonUpton.

Alison Bosma can be reached at 508-634-7582 or abosma@wickedlocal.com. Find her on Twitter at @AlisonBosma.

Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here