2018-05-10 / News

Push for solar power heating up

Solarize Jamestown, an initiative endorsed by the town council in March to control energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will launch its public campaign at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Ave.

The contracted solar installer will be introduced during this meeting to discuss the program with homeowners and businesspeople. Taxpayers who like what they hear will be able to register for free solar evaluations of their properties.

The program officially launched on Friday, making Jamestown the 15th municipality to participate in the Solarize Rhode Island program. It is a partnership between the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and SmartPower, a nonprofit marketing firm dedicated to promoting energy efficiency.

Throughout the summer, representatives of Solarize Jamestown will encourage residents to adopt solar power. Their goal is collaboration; the more homeowners who sign contracts, the lower the price is for everyone. The deadline to register is Sept. 21.

“Solarize Jamestown is part of this solution,” said Lisa Bryer, town planner. “It’s all about looking to the future.”

According to Bryer, solar power is valuable both economically and environmentally. These benefits link the program directly with Sustainable Jamestown, an action plan being developed to ensure the island remains strong into future generations. It is an “interconnectedness” of environmental protection, economic development and social equity, Bryer said. Along with green energy, for example, the plan will promote the preservation of farmland and the availability of affordable housing.

The solar program, Bryer said, has the potential to save taxpayers significant money over the next three decades, “as well as doing our small part in reducing greenhouse gases.”

To learn more about Solarize Jamestown, call Karen Stewart at 215-3285.

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