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Now’s the Time for Belmont to Go Solar!

Why? Belmont Goes Solar* has paved the way for Belmont homeowners and businesses to evaluate their potential for solar electricity. The group met with several installers, negotiated a discount price, and offers free information sessions to guide you through the process. You can:

Work with the installer selected by Belmont Goes Solar and act fast to get the best discounts:

  • A 20% (or more) discount from Direct Energy Solar, the installer carefully selected by Belmont Goes Solar, will expire in April 2016.
  • The first 20 signed contracts with Direct Energy Solar will receive an additional $500 discount.
  • The 30% Federal Tax Credit requires systems to be in service by December 31, 2016. Don’t delay; installers will be booked ahead due to this deadline.

Join us and Direct Energy Solar at these “Meet the Installer” events (light snacks provided).

  • January 13, 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Auditorium, Belmont Town Hall.
  • January 23, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 pm at the Beech Street Center.

Solar is a win-win for residents, businesses and the environment. Act Now! For more info. or to request a free solar assessment, visit: www.BelmontGoesSolar.org

*Belmont Goes Solar is a volunteer group of Belmont residents knowledgeable and enthusiastic about solar. The group is supported by the Board of Selectmen, and formed by members of the Belmont Energy Committee, Mothers Out Front, Sustainable Belmont and Belmont Light. After a rigorous selection process, Belmont Goes Solar chose Direct Energy Solar as Belmont’s installer partner due to price, installation capacity, and deep experience in community solar programs.

Belmont Goes Solar Campaign is Kicking Off!

Can you volunteer?

Under the management of the town’s Energy Committee, and in collaboration with Sustainable Belmont, the Belmont Goes Solar campaign will be working with DirectEnergy, one of the premier solar vendors in Massachusetts, to encourage residents and businesses to go solar in 2016. The Energy Committee has selected DirectEnergy to work within Belmont. They will provide both discounted prices and help to residents in deciding whether solar provides financial benefits. The campaign will formally begin in January 2016, with sign-ups expected to continue through approximately April 30, 2016 (exact end date TBD based on interest in the Belmont community); in the meantime, planning is well underway, and Belmont needs your help!

If you are interested in supporting this effort, please send your contact information by writing to admin@BelmontGoesSolar.org. There will be volunteer opportunities of various types and involving various levels of time commitment. Please sign up!

The Energy Committee is also looking for a SOLAR COACH. That person will be a key player in helping to implement the program. The main responsibilities of the coach will be:

(1) To serve as an independent resource for Belmont citizens and business thinking of going solar, answering questions and serving as a general solar advocate;

(2) To work closely with the selected vendor to monitor progress and serve as an interface between the steering committee and the vendor;

(3) To engage with the Belmont Goes Solar steering committee about ongoing activities, and, as needed, coordinate with other volunteers who will be leading specific outreach efforts (e.g. public “meet your installer” events).

This role could require about 10 hoursof work a week during the campaign. The SOLAR COACH may be paid a small stipend.

If you might be interested in helping the campaign in this in this role, please contact admin@BelmontGoesSolar.org by Wednesday December 16th. 

Belmont Goes Solar 2016

The Town’s official Energy Committee has formed a working group to lead the Belmont Goes Solar campaign. They have put out an RFP (Request for Proposals) and a representative will share a 15-20 minute briefing at the beginning of our meeting. The official campaign is expected to begin on Jan 1, 2016. Volunteer support will be needed at that time and for some activities for late November and December.

If you would like to help with this campaign in any manner, please send an email to sustainablebelmont[at]gmail.com and I will forward it to the working group or contact the Energy Committee directly. There will be a variety of needs, from knocking on doors, to conversations with neighbors, to social media sharing. Please let us know how you could help and what availability you would have. Thank you!

You can also keep updated at Belmont Clean Energy.com

Nov 5 Recap: Green Communities & Siting Renewable Energy

Many thanks to Maria Petrova and Gerald Boyle for their presentations and contributions to discussion at our last meeting.

We had an informative discussion on November 5, 2014 on the Green Communities application and requirements of the program thanks to Director of Facilities, Gerald Boyle. Residents may find the Energy Reduction Plan portion of the application most interesting, which can be found online with the entire submission. *Note some elements of the application are still being revised in coordination with the regional coordinator at Mass Department of Energy Resources.

Maria Petrova, Ph.D., a Wellington parent presented her most recent research on siting wind: “Sustainable Communities and Wind Energy Project Acceptance in Massachusetts” (vol 15, Winter 2014; Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology). Three different communities were researched, with most notable differences shown between Hull and Falmouth. With Hull, its success is attributed to several factors: community leadership (one stand-out leader in particular), geographic location of the wind turbine blends with other noises, and extensive community involvement in the process of siting (a 10-year period). With Falmouth, the community has struggled to accept wind energy and has closed down wind turbines. Issues revealed in studying this community include lack of community involvement in educating about wind energy and in siting the proposed turbines, inadequate siting yielding noise problem for residents – as well as a community predisposed to noise sensitivity – and rushed siting, among other issues.

Maria also reviewed the Green Cup Challenge which Wellington participated in last year and won 2nd place nationally. The importance of behavior and education can’t be stressed strongly enough when aiming to save energy consumption and costs. The process, checklists and outlines for approached behavioral programs can be viewed in her powerpoint presentation slides.