August 9, 2015
On July 30 2015, Solarize Quincy, a state- and city-sponsored program that makes discounted solar panels available to city residents, inked its 76th contract with a city resident, for a total of 400kW of solar installed or in the pipeline. Reaching this milestone insured that Solar Flair, Solarize Quincy’s exclusive installer, will donate a free 5 kW solar installation to a Quincy nonprofit, said Rebecca McWilliams, lead volunteer for Solarize Quincy.
To qualify, nonprofits must own their own facility in Quincy and have a good location for solar power. “We will accept nonprofit nominations until midnight on August 31, 2015. In September we will perform site assessments on the nonprofits to determine which sites are good candidates for solar panels. The winner of the free solar array will be announced in late September.”
In mid-July Mayor Thomas Koch sent a letter to nonprofits in the city encouraging them to sign up for a chance at winning the free panels. So far seven nonprofits have signed up or been nominated, said McWilliams. To nominate a nonprofit, go to solarizequincy.weebly.com and click on “tier 6” in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Hitting the 400kW mark is a tribute to the hard work of members of the Quincy Climate Action Network and other volunteers, McWilliams said. Volunteers will continue gathering names of residents who’d like to find out if their house will work for solar. Residents and businesses can also sign up for a solar assessment of their property at the Solarize Quincy website.
Originally scheduled to end in June, Solarize Quincy has been extended to August 31, 2015. “There’s almost a month left, and we aren’t slowing down,” said Dan Barnett, residential sales manager for Solar Flair.