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Rooftop Solar in Belmont

In November 2015 the Belmont Light  Board implemented a new solar-friendly policy after years of discussion which provides a feed-in tariff for solar power that is fed back into the grid at 11 cents per kWh. This has spurred an explosion of solar installations in Belmont, mostly through the Belmont Goes Solar community campaign, which runs from January 2016 to March 2018, and has brought more than 290 new roof top solar systems into town so far.  The federal and state incentives are still very lucrative and together with the Belmont feed-in tariff makes solar systems affordable. State-level financial incentives which represent a third of the installation cost will be expiring very soon.  If you are interested in getting solar you can check out more information at BelmontGoesSolar.org, or contact Martin Plass (one of the Belmont Solar Coaches) at mplass@zeroplus.us.

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Presentation: Kick Gas with Electric Vehicles

Wednesday, March 2
7 – 9 PM
Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library

Join us for a panel discussion with Belmont residents who have recently gone electric with their cars. Learn about the financial and environmental benefits and some of the challenges. Four different cars will be in the parking lot for viewing.

In MA, about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions are from the transportation sector. By transitioning away from petroleum to cleaner electric vehicles, emissions can be dramatically reduced. Learn how rooftop solar works with electric vehicle charging – charging and operating costs; financial and emissions benefits.

Come see how easy it is to kick gas!
2013 nissan leaf

Learn about: General costs of operating an electric vehicle; Charging options; What’s cool about this technology; How EV’s lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Belmont is Going Solar!

Residential rooftop with solar panels installed on a sunny day.

Belmont Goes Solar Challenge: 100 solar rooftops in 2016!

Attend an information event, contact volunteers, receive an assessment, learn more here.  Read more here. Join Belmont Goes Solar 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

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

Thank you Mark Robbins for your recent talk!

Regarding Belmont’s Renewable Energy Policy, a motion to reconsider Article 9 will be heard either Wednesday night at Town Meeting or on Monday’s Town Meeting.

Belmont’s Article 9 is nearly identical to a resolution passed on the south shore this fall by more than 2:1 in favor. It reads: Shall Belmont’s state representative and state senator be instructed to vote in favor of legislation requiring the municipal electric utilities: (1) to adopt the same net metering rates and policies that are applicable to investor-owned electric utilities in the state, and (2) to adopt rates and policies that do not discriminate against, or impose other financial or technical impediments upon customers who seek to generate their own electricity from solar power?

Proponents of the article seek a full discussion and an opportunity for residents to voice their support, in principle, to solar energy, particularly by individuals.

The motion to reconsider Article 9, brought forward by Selectman Williams, is intended to clarify what Town Meeting Members voted on earlier in May. The move to “postpone indefinitely”, contrary to how it was described in the meeting, is in fact a move to dismiss without any future discussion.

Read about Article 9