Final Push for Solarize Northern Dutchess Campaign

11 Days left on the Solarize Northern Dutchess Campaign! Thank you to all of my fellow volunteers and solar experts! Hooray for the sun! (here is the beautiful press release written by SI....)

Opportunity for free estimates on residential panels ends June 30

If someone calls you backward, you might take offense—unless it’s your electric meter they’re talking about. Right now, the Northern Dutchess area is full of people who are experiencing just that phenomenon as part of the Solarize Northern Dutchess program. And you could be one of them, if you act before June 30.

That’s the cut-off for signing up for free home site assessments through this non-profit community education program which is run by local volunteers. The Solarize Northern Dutchess effort is coordinated by Solarize Hudson Valley, which is part of Catskill Mountainkeeper and Sustainable Hudson Valley’s RenewableNY program. The three-year effort is funded in the Hudson Valley and Southern Tier by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). By leveraging group discounts through pre-selected installers and community outreach, residents receive a 10-20% automatic discount on their solar systems.

Dutchess County residents who sign up before June 30 will then have until July 31 to sign contracts with the installer of their choice. The two participating installers are Hudson Solar and Direct Energy Solar.

“Northern Dutchess communities have come together over Solarize – we have well over 200 leads for residential projects! We continue to focus on letting homeowners know about their options. We also want to help businesses, non-profits and farms understand they can be part of the program as well,” said Solarize Northern Dutchess campaign organizer Laurie Husted.

Of the more than 200 Northern Dutchess residents who have attended Solarize events this spring, dozens have signed contracts on discounted solar panels through the program. George Kustas of Poughkeepsie said it was an easy decision to participate. "Buying a solar powered system for your home right now is a no-brainer. Besides saving money in the long term, I feel good about using renewable energy," he said.

Rhinebeck resident Raina Whan is participating in the Solarize program and appreciates the opportunity to learn more about the solar options for her home from a trusted source. "With so much yet to learn about solar, it is reassuring and helpful to have the Solarize community organization there for questions, vetting of solar installers, and oversight -- very reassuring and takes the worry out of it," she said.

Another Rhinebeck resident signed up through the Solarize program early and is already experiencing savings. "Hard to beat the meter running backward that translates into guilt free summer air conditioning. We really enjoyed the installation process and the people from the Solarize program, from volunteers to installers, who made our experience so positive. In three weeks we've saved $100 with a fairly small system," said Mark Lytle.

Dutchess County residents can visit to learn more and enroll in the program to find out of solar is right for their home, commercial or non-profit building.