Amherst residents can still blaze a path to Solar for others to follow
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Amherst residents can still blaze a path to Solar for others to follow

Based on feedback I've received from my letter which was published on the Gazette's website on Oct. 22, and which appeared in the Oct 26 print edition, I wanted to write a follow up. The short of it is that the Town of Amherst should be applauded for going solar, no matter which path it chooses. I also understand that my proposal came in far too late in the process to have adequate time to be vetted properly by the Town, and that there are numerous uncertainties (including debt-financing) that would need to be addressed before moving forward, where as…
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Open Letter to the Town of Amherst, MA
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Open Letter to the Town of Amherst, MA

I wrote a letter to the editor of my local paper, laying out an alternative path for my town to take in its plans for going solar. It was published on October 22. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Amherst will hold its second informational meeting about the town’s plan to go solar. While that is a laudable goal, it’s equally important we make certain we’re getting the best deal we can. Big dollars are at stake to the town and homeowners, property owners and business owners — and by extension to its tenants and patrons of local businesses. Assuming 2 or…
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2015 Cost Of Solar Index For Massachusetts Released By Solar To The People
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2015 Cost Of Solar Index For Massachusetts Released By Solar To The People

A new study providing data on the cost of home solar in Massachusetts was recently released by Solar to the People — the purpose of the release being to spur greater price transparency in the state. The new study offers data on the costs paid by homeowners for solar installations in the state for dates between 2008 and May 2015, with figures for both full installations and also for cost per kW (kilowatt) of installed installed. Costs both before and after state + federal incentives + rebates are provided. The study sourced much of its data from the Massachusetts Clean…
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