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Brookline hoping to shine light on push for more solar energy

Posted by Brock Parker  June 12, 2013 03:47 PM

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A program designed to promote the use of solar energy in more Brookline homes and businesses will hold a question and answer session next week.

Organizers behind the Solarize Mass Brookline program will meet with residents next Wednesday, June 19, in the Brookline High school auditorium at 7 p.m.

Brookline was one of ten towns selected by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to participate in the first round of the state’s 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program, which encourages the adoption of small-scale photovoltaic (PV) projects in homes and businesses.

A team of Solarize Mass Brookline solar coaches, including Werner Lohe and Keske Toyofuku, are helping to lead the local effort to educate people about solar energy and promote the program’s model, which offers more and more savings as more property owners opt to participate and install solar panels.

Lohe, who is also a member of Climate Action Brookline and the selectmen’s committee on climate change, said the goal is to get at least 150 residences to sign up for the program, as well as some Brookline businesses. About 60 people attended an introductory meeting about the program earlier this spring, he said.

SolarFlair, the town’s selected installer for the program, will participate in the question and answer session along with state and local officials.

Anyone interested in the program can sign up for a free solar energy assessment at the meeting, and all Brookline residents are being encouraged to attend. More information can be found at www.solarbrookline.com and www.solarflair.com.

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