The lenox unplugged campaign and the Town of Lenox’s Environmental Committee invite Berkshire County residents to the “Lenox Solar Initiative Launch Event” on Monday, December 6, 2010 from 6-8pm at the Lenox Town Hall Auditorium. This exciting evening will celebrate the launch of the Lenox solar grant program offering $2000 to Lenox residents towards the installation of a solar project at their home or commercial building.
The seminar will begin at 6pm with featured speaker Chris Vreeland. Chris is a licensed professional engineer and principal of Precision Decisions LLC, a firm specializing energy conservation and renewable energy.
The seminar will cover both solar hot water and solar electricity for residential and small commercial projects. Attendees will learn the basics of what makes for a good solar site, the various components of a solar system, typical system and construction costs, available grants and incentives, and various project economics. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their electric bill.
Lenox residents will learn what the prerequisites are to receive a $2000 grant, and applications will be available during this evening’s event. Grants will be given first come-first serve to candidates who meet all criteria.
The $2000 grant to Lenox residents is made possible through funding available based on Lenox’s designation as a “Green Community” with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With this designation, Lenox has become eligible for significant funding for energy efficiency measures, large renewable energy projects, and innovative methods that use less fossil fuel.
Several vendors will be on-site offering information and available services. These businesses and organizations specialize in solar energy and renewable energy technology. Participants will go home with a toolbox of resources and information to help increase their energy efficiency, an application in hand, and clear next steps for moving forward.. Businesses participating in the fair include Alteris Renewables, Alpine Solar Heat, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services, Sun Energy, and the Center for Ecological Technology.
Join us to celebrate the launch of the Lenox solar grant, success of the lenox unplugged campaign, and our on-going efforts as a “Green Community.” Those in attendance are invited to enjoy drinks and snacks, with thanks to local grocers Price Chopper and Guido’s Fresh Marketplace. More information can be found at the website www.townoflenox.com/lenoxunplugged.
For more information, please contact: Keith O’Neil, Sustainability Coordinator, Town of Lenox, 413 717 1945, firstname.lastname@example.org.