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Mayor Thomas M. Menino has a new source of energy for his home in Readville: solar energy panels, installed by students from Roxbury’s Madison Park High School as part of a co-op project.
With the 13, 260-watt solar panels, the city estimated that the Mayor’s electrical bill could drop 70 percent, equivalent to about $54 per month.
The system, which can cost upwards of $20,000, will be leased by SolarCity for 20-years, locking in rates at 12 cents a kilowatt-hour and significantly dropping installation costs for Menino, the Globe reported in August. With the lower rate, the Globe estimated the current rate from a utility is about 15 cents a kilowatt-hour, Menino expects to save about $8,000 over 20-years.
“Solarize Mass-Boston has been an amazing success, increasing access to clean energy for many of our residents,” Mayor Menino said in a statement. “We will build off this success and continue to build and develop programs to help residents and businesses go green and save money.”
The “green” additions, installed by local contractors and the two students, members of the IBEW Local 103 Electrical Union’s co-op program, were part of the larger program that brought 116 solar contracts to the city.
Overall the new panels city-wide will generate 522 kilowatts of renewable energy, the city estimated.
The four-month Solarize Mass-Boston program, which ended in November, was a partnership between the city, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The program aimed to make solar power easier for residents, with group buying and access to federal and state tax credits.