Solarize Massachusetts Makes Solar Energy More Affordable | Connecting Point | Sept. 5, 2018


>>>BULK
SAVINGS, SMETHING THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DO EVERY DAY AND
THAT IS THE IDEA BEHIND SOLARIZED MASSACHUSETTS.
THE GROUP WORKS TO MAKE SOLAR MORE AFFORDABLE THROUGH GROUP
BUYING POWER. SPRINGFIELD AND LONGMEADOW ARE
THE MOST RECENT COMMUNITY TO GET IN ON THE IDEA.
THEY DO IT WITH THE HELP OF SOLAR COACHES.
WHAT’S A SOLAR COACH? VOLUNTEERS MIKE AND STEVEN
EXPLAIN.>>I HAVE PARTICIPATED WITH
PLANNING AND BEEN INVOLVED WITH SOLAR FOR THE PAST 25
YEARS AND REALIZE IT IS A GREAT ECONOMIC AS WELL AS
ENVIRONMENTAL OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE.
THE SOLARIZED PROGRAM REALLY INCREASES THE NUMBER OF SOLAR
INSTALLATIONS IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND THAT IS WHAT I
WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN SPRINGFIELD.
THAT IS WHAT OUR QUESTIONNAIRES IN CLIMATE
ACTION PLANNING SHOWED, THAT PEOPLE WERE INTERESTED IN
SOLAR ENERGY. SO THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
FOR THE RESIDENTS OF BOTH TOWNS TO BE ABLE TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF BULK-BUYING DISCOUNTS AND GET A LOT OF
SOLAR INSTALLED IN OUR COMMUNITY
>>WE’LL A GET INTO THE NUTS AND BOLT OF THAT IN A MINUTE
BUT STEVE, BRINGING YOU INTO THE CONVERSATION, WHAT IS A
SOLAR COACH?>>THE SOLAR COACH I WOULD SAY
IS THE GLUE OF THE PROGRAM IN THE COMMUNITY.
SO THE SOLAR COACH IS SUPPOSED TO PUT TOGETHER, WORKING WITH
TOWN OFFICIALS, SO IN OUR CASE, IT IS THE TOWN
ADMINISTRATOR, WORKING WITH THE TOWN, TO PUT TOGETHER A
VOLUNTEER TEAM TO BASICALLY CREATE AWARENESS OF THE
PROGRAM, TO HAVE AS MANY PEOPLE SAY YES, I AT LEAST
WANT SOME SOLAR PANELS ON MY HOUSE.
AND WE’RE HOOKING ON TO THE EXPERTISE —
>>THERE HAVE BEEN MANY LAUNCHES AND SOMETIMES
COMMUNITIES GROUP TOGETHER TO SORT OF LEVERAGE THAT BUYING
POWER EVEN MORE, RIGHT, WHICH IS WHAT WE’RE SEEING HERE WITH
SPRINGFIELD AND LONGMEADOW, TEAMING UP.
>>AND JUST TO HOOK ON TO WHAT MIKE SAID ABOUT WHY DO THE
PROGRAM, TO ME IT WAS I WAS REALLY FRUSTRATED BY WHAT IS
GOING ON IN THE WORLD CLIMATE-WISE AND TO ME THE
MOST SIGNIFICANT ACTION THAT I COULD SAY I HAVE DONE ABOUT IS
THE MORE SOLAR PANELS, THE BETTER OFF IT IS FOR EVERYONE,
NOT ONLY ECONOMICALLY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
THE PROGRAM BUT JUST, YOU KNOW, IT IS LESS CO2E
MISSIONS, LESS FOSSIL FUEL EMISSIONS AND TO SEE IT
HAPPEN, HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN, WAS A SIGNIFICANT MOTIVATOR TO
ME.>>SO WE TALK ABOUT THE
SOLARIZED PROGRAM AND FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE AWARE OF
IT, IT IS A GROUP-BUYING EFFORT SO PEOPLE WHO HAVE A
RESIDENCE, THINK OH, SOLAR WOULD BE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR ME
TO DO, THEY CAN JOIN THE GROUP AND RESULT IN SAVINGS FROM
THAT, RIGHT?>>THAT’S CORRECT IN THE SENSE
THAT WE LEVERAGE THE CLEAN ENERGY CENTERS TECHNICAL
EXPERTISE TO VET AN INSTALLER AND ONCE THE COMMIT ELECTS AN
INSTALLER, THEY GIVE US A GROUP-BUYING DISCOUNT.
>>WE WERE LOOKING AT SOLAR IN OUR HOUSE, FULL DISCLOSURE, IN
PALMER, INTERVIEWED THREE COMPANIES THAT WE WERE
WEIGHING PROS AND CONS OF AND YOU GUYS WILL CUT ALL OF THAT
OUT FROM THE BEGINNING?>>THAT’S RIGHT.
IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS A LITTLE PAINFUL, NERVE WRACKING
AND USING THEIR EXPERTISE IN A NEW PROGRAM, IT IS JUST A
MAJOR STEP IN THE PROGRAM.>>AND THE GROUP-BUYING
DISCOUNT IS SPREAD ACROSS ANY RESIDENTIAL, SMALL COMMERCIAL
AND GENERALLY THAT GROUP BUYING DISCOUNT GETS YOU 15 TO
20 PERCENT OFF THE AVERAGE PRICE OF A A SYSTEM.
>>AND THEN WE’LL TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER INTENTIONS
OF THE STATE BUT IN TERMS OF KNOWING IT IS A VERY
SPECIALIZED THING, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SOUTHERN ROOF, SPACING,
DESIGN, BUT CAN YOU SAY IN GENERAL HOW MUCH ROOF REAL
ESTATE, FOR SOMEONE STAYING AT HOME WONDERING IS MY ROOF A
PLACE SOLAR COULD FIT, IS THERE A DENIAL — A GENERAL
RULE OF THUMB FOR HOW MUCH SPACE SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE?
>>WE’LL TAKE ANY SPACE WE CAN GET.
THERE ARE A LOT OF FACTORS THAT COME INTO PLAY,
ORIENTATION, SHADING, HOW MUCH YOU ARE TRYING TO WHERE YOU
HAVE SATURDAY, TEN DOLLARS ELECTRIC BILL, 150,
$300, THAT WILL PARLAY INTO ONE SIZE AND SYSTEM YOU WANT.
IDEALLY, YOU HAVE A TRUE SOUTH FACING ROOF WITH NO SHADE ON
IT BUT BECAUSE MODULE PRICES HAVE COME DOWN SO MUCH, THEY
ARE 1/10TH THE PRICE THEY USED TO BE EIGHT YEARS AGO —
>>AND BY MODULES, YOU MEAN THE PANELS —
>>YES, THEY ARE CHEAP NOW AND YOU START SEEING SYSTEMS THAT
DON’T HAVE TO BE ORIENTED OPTIMALLY AND WILL STILL
PRODUCE POWER AND CAN ECONOMICALLY VIABLE.
>>I KNOW THE AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU HOPE THAT THE COMMUNITY
WILL SAVE REALLY DEPENDS ON THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS.
SO IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE HOPING FOR?
YOU HAVE A GOAL FOR LONGMEADOW, A GOAL FOR
SPRINGFIELD, A A NUMBER OF HOMES YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE
LEACH OUT TO YOU AND SAY WE WANT TO LOOK AT THIS.
>>WELL, THAT WAS THE QUESTION THE CDC ASKED US, I THINK WE
SAID 25, 30 HOMES WOULD BE A
GOOD TARGET.>>YEAH, WE WANT TO GET 100
INSTALLED OUT OF THIS PROGRAM SO COMBINED, IF WE MADE IT TO
130 TO 150 INSTALLATION, WE WOULD BE HAPPY.
WE WOULD SAY THAT IS A VERY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM.
A HUNDRED INSTALLS COMBINED, THAT IS GOOD.
REAL GOOD. LESS THAN THAT?
I WOULD WISH WE HAD DONE MORE>>AND I KNOW PREVIOUS
COMMUNITIES IN PARTICULAR, THE WINDSOR COMING IN WITH A ROOF
THAT IT TOOK PLACE IN A PREVIOUS YEAR, 90 INSTALLED
AND THE NUMBER SAVINGS THAT TURNED OUT IS 65 CARS OFF THE
ROAD ANNUALLY, THE EQUIVALENT. SO THAT GIVES PEOPLE A HARD
SENSE OF HOW MUCH ENERGY MIGHT BE SAVED IN TERMS OF IF PEOPLE
WERE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS, RIGHT?
>>YEAH.>>AND IT IS PRETTY
SUBSTANTIAL, 65 CARS A YEAR?>>COLLECTIVELY THAT IS A BIG
DEAL. FOR ME PERSONALLY, ELECTRIC
BILL, YEAH.>>IT IS NOTHING AS A SAT
GUYING AS GETTING A NEGATIVE ELECTRIC BILL.
WHEN THEY SAY WE OWE YOU MONEY AT THE END OF THE MONTH, IT
DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT.
AS AN INSTALLER, THAT MEETING ASPECT —
[INDISCERNIBLE] — YOU KNOW, IT IS SIZING THE
SYSTEM WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE YOU CAN’T — IF YOU
GENERATE ALL THIS POWER THAT YOU ARE NOT USING, THEY DON’T
GIVE YOU MONEY FOR THAT. YOU HAVE TO — YOU KNOW, YOU
CAN GIVE IT AWAY BUT THAT IS ABOUT IT.
SO IT IS LIKE THE PRICE IS RIGHT.
YOU WANT TO GET AS MUCH — BUT DON’T GO OVER TOO MUCH, YOU
WANT TO HAVE ENOUGH SO THAT YOUR ELECTRIC BILL IS CLOSE TO
ZERO.>>SO THAT COMES DOWN TO
HAVING SOMEONE COME OUT, LOOK AT THE HOME AND DETERMINE THE
SIZE THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THAT HOUSE OVERALL
>>AND OUR JOB AS SOLAR COACH IS TO DRUM UP THAT INTEREST
AND GET PEOPLE TO GET IN CONTACT WITH A CHOSEN
INSTALLER. WE’LL LET THEIR EXPERTISE —
BECAUSE THEY ARE UP TO SPEED ON WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR
REBATES, THE FINANCING ASPECT OF IT, THE LATEST AND GREATEST
TECHNOLOGY AND THAT KIND OF STUFF.
OUR JOB IS TO GET PEOPLE EDUCATED AND GET THEM CALLING
THE INSTALLERS.

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