If you were wondering how interested Arlington residents are in going solar, wonder no more.
We had about 250 people in attendance at our "Solar 101" workshop on Thursday, May 31, at Town Hall. The meeting was the official kickoff of Solarize Arlington, a program running through September 30, that will offer Arlington residents and businesses the opportunity to install solar power at discounted prices. According to the staff from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) that were there, our turnout eclipsed all other Solar 101 meetings that have been held so far in other communities, which have had 60-100 attendees. Go Arlington! The representatives from MassCEC gave us a presentation on the basics of solar power and how the Solarize Arlington program is going to work. We also heard from two members of Sustainable Arlington, Shelly Dein and Carl Elkin, who shared their experiences going solar. The Q&A session was very good, showing a high level of interest in the program.
Call for Volunteers
A redistribution of food initiative organized, by the Minuteman Parent Association, with support from Sustainable Arlington and Bunker Hill Community College Friends is seeking additional volunteers to support its efforts. This community initiative picks up end of day bread and other baked items from local Panera Bread restaurants and redistributes these baked items to: Arlington Food Pantry, Arlington Housing Authority facilities, Fidelity House, and to Bunker Hill Community College.
NOTES FROM D.C.
Sustainable Arlington co-chair Gail McCormick joined hundreds of mothers, grandmothers, nurses and cancer survivors at a rally in DC on May 22nd to encourage the Senate to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, a bill to overhaul antiquated laws governing toxic chemicals. Says McCormick, "We’ve been working on a Safer Alternatives bill in Massachusetts as well. So far neither has passed, but we’ll get there yet."
While in D.C., McCormick (second from left) met with staff in Senator Kerry's office and Senator Brown’s office, requesting that they co-sponsor the bill.
Solarize Mass Selects Arlington For Solar PV Discount Program
State program offers discounted pricing on solar electric power systems to Arlington homes and businesses
Solar 101 Kick-off Meeting May 31, 7 p.m. at Town Hall
May 7, 2012 - On April 12, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. announced that Arlington was among 17 communities selected to participate in the 2012 Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) Program, which helps residents and business owners adopt solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. To encourage participation in the program, discounted pricing is being offered by a Solarize Mass approved PV installer, with the discount increasing as more homes and businesses sign up to go solar. Solarize Mass is part of the effort to reach Governor Patrick's goal of 250 megawatts (MW) of solar power installed by 2017. The Town would like to thank its state legislative delegation for support of the Green Jobs Act and Green Communities Act. Their support allows for programs like this to be available.