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Amherst eyes joining up with Solarize Mass

Solarize Mass, a collaboration between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Green Communities Division of the state’s Department of Energy Resources, promotes adoption of photovoltaics.

Stephanie Ciccarello, the town’s sustainability coordinator, said in a statement this would be an opportunity for Amherst residents.

“Other communities, such as Northampton, have taken advantage of this program and had tremendous response and success,” Ciccarello said.

Pricing is based on a tiered system, which means the more participants, the lower the rate for installations.

Town Manager John Musante said he encouraged Ciccarello to pursue the program and believes many residents and business owners are interested in renewable energy. Amherst has Green Communities status from the state, and as part of that, the town obtained a grant to install LED street lights

Earlier this year, Northampton was one of 10 communities that became part of Solarize Mass and began working with officials from the Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources to select an installer to provide specific prices for solar panel installation.

Ciccarello said to determine interest in the program, there is an online survey that people should complete by Friday . It is available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T2W89QZ

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