Friday June 28, 2013

To the editor of THE EAGLE:

The highly publicized coverage of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Solarize Mass campaign has gathered much attention, and rightfully so. It provides a great resource to educate people on the benefits of solar electrical generation for homes or small businesses. A downside of the program is unless a solar installer offers a leasing option they are unable to enter the bidding process for the program. What this means is that the smaller, local companies are losing opportunities to compete for local business.

Is leasing a viable option? Yes, when upfront capital is prohibitive or when tax solar tax credits cannot be utilized such as with a municipality. For a homeowner, leasing a solar array offers limited savings over the lifetime of your contractual agreement. Homeowners owning their own systems receive all benefits that come with it: state rebates, tax credits, energy production, and current and future green energy revenue streams. These incentives make solar a lucrative investment with a payback that typically lands in the 4-6 year range.

As the project manager at New England Solar & Green Solutions, I urge you to seek competitive bids in choosing your solar installer. Your local solar contractor offers viable solar systems at competitive pricing. Local installers will walk you through the process and take the necessary time to show you firsthand how solar is a "real investment.


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ANDREW GUNTLOW

Williamstown