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Solar Program Discussed with Selectmen

Mendon residents Anne Mazar and Carolyn Barthel attended the November 12 Board of Selectmen's meeting to discuss an opportunity for the town to collaborate with Upton to take part in Solarize Mass Plus 2020. The two residents were seeking the Board's support to move forward with the application process.

The two communities are applying for the solar program and will know by January if they have been accepted into it. Solarize Mass is in its tenth year and is a partnership between Mass Clean Energy Center and the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

In 2012, Mendon took part in Solarize Mass. Both Mazar, who sits on the Mendon Land/Energy Use Committee, and Barthel were involved in the 2012 program.

The Solarize Mass program was launched through then Governor Deval Patrick's administration in an effort to encourage residents and business owners to adopt photovoltaic (PV) technology. Now, the 2020 program is offering more options and competitive pricing for residents who sign up. If the two towns are invited, Solarize Mass Plus 2020 will offer Mendon and Upton residents the opportunity to buy discounted solar PV's, solar hot water heating, air-source heat pump heating/cooling, battery storage, and electronic vehicles. By accumulating sales, residents will be given discounted prices. The group purchase model process will increase education and community outreach to help simplify the process to the homeowner with a vetted installer, reduce installation costs, and help to increase adoption.

There are no costs for either community to take part. "We have a volunteer team in Mendon and Upton ready to go," said Mazar of those who will help out. If the Mendon/ Upton program is selected, $5,000 to $8,000 will be provided to assist the communities with marketing the program to residents.

Call Firefighters Appointed

In other Mendon Selectmen's news that evening, the Board appointed Darren Simpson and Zachary Holzman to the positions of Call Firefighter. Holzman's appointment was contingent on him passing the physical ability test.

The next Selectmen's meeting is scheduled for December 9.


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