The following information was submitted by Jeff Cohen:
MASS CEC and DOER have designated Salem and Swampscott as Solarize MASS communities and the program will run through June 2014 (installations can happen up to a year later).
We are in the process of picking an installer, who will guarantee pricing based on KW’s installed (people in 1st will be compensated if we move to the larger tiers) and the pricing usually averages 20% LESS than the open market.
Although people can use any installer they choose, it’s advisable to meet with the Solarize installer not only to compare pricing but because the installer will have been vetted by us which should give more comfort to the homeowner and businesspeople.
As Salem and Swampscott’s volunteer Solar Coaches, we signed conflict of interest documents insuring our being objective and we will counsel residents and businesses through the process.
We are having a Swampscott Solar 101 Info Session on Tuesday, January 28th at Swampscott High School (200 Essex Street) at 7pm with special guest State Representative Lori Ehrlich, and a Salem Solar 201 Info Session on Tuesday, February 11th at the Salem Five Community Room at 6pm with special guests Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, State Senator Joan Lovely and State Representative John Keenan (installed 2013), and will have participation from the Salem Chamber of Commerce among others.