Solarize Mass Installer for Hopkinton Selected

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Solarize Massachusetts Hopkinton and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) are pleased to announce the selection of SolarFlair Energy Inc. as the Solarize Mass installer for Hopkinton. SolarFlair Energy Inc. will work with Andy Boyce of the Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee, the Solarize Mass Community Solar Coach, to implement the program in partnership with MassCEC. A “Solar 201” public meeting will be scheduled on June 28, 2012 to introduce the installer to the community, and answer questions from residents and business owners in Hopkinton.

“Hopkinton’s participation in the Solarize Mass program reflects the community’s commitment to sustainability, continued recognition of its importance and speaks to the community’s resolve and attitude towards fulfilling that commitment,” said Ben Palleiko, Board of Selectman Chairman. “We are quite pleased that Hopkinton continues to be recognized as a leader in the state in advancing these and other alternative energy options.”

"The Solarize program will significantly reduce energy costs for both businesses and residents, create green jobs, clean our air and reduce our dependence on foreign energy,” said Andy Boyce. “The Groupon-like purchasing model, combined with both federal and state tax incentives, the Commonwealth Solar II rebate program and Solar Renewable Energy Certificates have created a perfect storm of discount. Any resident or business with a southerly exposed yard or roof should contact the Solar Coach and attend the Solar 201. Solar is now significantly cheaper than grid electricity and it no longer makes financial sense to wait." said Andy Boyce, the Community Solar Coach for Hopkinton.

“I am pleased that SolarFlair Energy, a MetroWest based company with a proven track record of helping residents and businesses reach their renewable energy goals, has been chosen to help the community implement this important program,” said Senator Karen Spilka. “Being one of just seventeen towns selected for this innovative program is recognition of the ingenuity of the Hopkinton community and its residents. Their dedicated commitment to promoting energy efficiency will help create a stronger, more sustainable future for this forward-thinking community.”

In April 2012, as part of the effort to reach Governor Patrick's goal of 250 megawatts (MW) of solar power installed by 2017, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. announced the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) selected 17 communities to participate in the 2012 Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) Program, which helps residents and business owners adopt solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

“Under Governor Patrick’s leadership, Massachusetts is the nation’s leader in clean energy,” said Patrick Cloney, Chief Executive Officer of MassCEC. “We are seeing tremendous growth of solar PV throughout the Commonwealth and now, with the right policies and programs in place, we at MassCEC are
tremendously excited to partner with cities and towns across the Commonwealth to bring clean, locally sourced, cost-effective solar electricity generation to individual residences and businesses throughout the Commonwealth.”

“SolarFlair would like to thank the Mass CEC and the Town of Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee for selecting us as the Installer for this program. SolarFlair Energy, Inc. was founded in Hopkinton in 2006 and we are proud to continue to bring clean energy solutions to the residents there.
We look forward to implementing the Solarize Hopkinton program and bringing affordable solar energy to all that are interested there. As a business owner in Massachusetts it is a privilege to be a part of a green economy that just keeps growing as a result of the truly innovative programs created by Mass CEC
and other State organizations,”said SolarFlair President, Matt.

Arner Solarize Mass is a program of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center that encourages the adoption of small scale solar PV by deploying a coordinated education, marketing and outreach effort, combined with a tiered pricing structure that provides increased savings as more people in the community go solar. MassCEC provides technical support and hosts free educational meetings in the participating communities to educate people about the benefits of installing solar and to drive interest in implementing the technology.

MassCEC, in partnership with the DOER’s Green Communities Division has selected the cities and towns of Acton, Arlington, Boston, Hopkinton, Melrose, Mendon, Millbury, Montague, Newburyport, Palmer, Pittsfield, Lenox, Shirley, Sutton, Wayland, Sudbury and Lincoln, to participate in Solarize Mass.

A Solar 201 presentation is scheduled at the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA 01747 for Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Contracts must be signed by September 30th at which time the final pricing is locked for everyone based on the number of watts contracted. For more information about Solarize Mass visit www.SolarizeMass.com. For more information about the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, visit www.MassCEC.com.

For additional information about pricing tiers for both purchase and power purchase agreements, see the attached flyer below.

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