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Greenfield shines light on low-cost solar

GREENFIELD — The town and its greening advocacy group are about to kick off a three-month effort to allow residents and business owners to buy and install low-cost solar systems.

The Solar Challenge program will present “Solar 101” tonight from 6 to 8 in the Greenfield Community Television studio at 393 Main St.

The program will support the adoption of solar electric panels with special pricing for residents and business owners, according to organizers.

The event tonight will provide people with information and a chance to sign up.

Organizers said the more residents and businesses that sign up, the lower the price will be.

If the town should exceed 200 kilowatts in its contract, the price will reach $3.40 per watt.

Greenfield-based renewable energy specialist Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics Cooperative has been chosen by the town to be the official installer for the challenge.

PV Squared is a worker-owned cooperative with more than 12 years of experience providing renewable energy solutions to home owners and businesses throughout New England.

Town leaders hope the program will accomplish several goals outlined in its new Sustainable Master Plan, including increasing the number of renewable energy systems in Greenfield, as well as supporting the local economy.

Greenfield’s Solar Challenge is modeled after the state’s successful Solarize Massachusetts program, but emphasizes growing the local economy at the same time.

For more information about the program and Solar 101, call Anne Perkins at 413-772-1389 or visit: www.greenfield-ma.gov.

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