GODFREY — In an effort to increase renewable energy in the community, the village of Godfrey’s Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee is partnering with Straight Up Solar for a community bulk solar outreach campaign called Solarize Godfrey.
A community bulk solar program occurs when residents form a group to learn about and eventually purchase solar energy generating systems for their homes or businesses. By joining together, they can “bulk” purchase, using their collective purchasing power to save on the cost of going solar. Federal and state incentives available to homeowners make the potential deals even better.
Committee Chairperson Nate Keener said now is the perfect time to go solar.
“With the combination of the bulk discount and the state and federal incentives, we’re looking at less than 7-year paybacks for some of these systems, and that’s a great deal for homeowners and small businesses,” he said. “At the end of the payback period, you get free power for the rest of the life of the system.”
Solarize Godfrey will host free informational sessions this month. The first sessions will be 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Lewis and Clark Community College in Nursing Room 0101 and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Godfrey Village Hall. Participants will receive a free site assessment to determine if a solar system is right for them.
Through the program, solar bulk purchase pricing is available to home and business owners in Godfrey.
“Solarize Godfrey is a wonderful opportunity for us to provide education to the community about the many beneficial aspects of solar energy,” StraightUp Solar Director of Business Development Shannon Fulton said. “The recent extension of the 30 percent federal investment tax credit, the new Illinois solar renewable energy credit program and the bulk purchase pricing combine to save up to 75 percent on the cost of solar installation. We are confident that the community will act to adopt solar energy to better the environment and receive a great return on investment.”
The committee’s mission is to engage diverse village stakeholders with the goals of improving energy efficiency in municipal operations, protecting the environment and natural systems, and, as a consequence, enhancing quality of life in the village. The committee also will educate the public about energy efficiency and climate change while championing this process.
StraightUp Solar is a solar energy integration company. Its mission is to “empower communities to create a sustainable future through lasting partnerships that provide the region’s premier solar integrations and customer service at a competitive price. (They) are passionately committed to bringing solar energy to the masses by designing and installing affordable solar solutions for residential and commercial customers.”
The village of Godfrey does not endorse or sponsor StraightUp Solar LLC., and the decision whether or not to contract with StraightUp Solar LLC for installation services is strictly the decision of the resident or business owner. The village does not endorse any solar energy program within the village. The village supports all efforts to provide green energy initiatives within the community, but it is responsibility of the resident or business contracting with a particular vendor of green energy products and services to complete the necessary due diligence and legal contractual protections deemed necessary by each resident or business.
For information, contact Godfrey Village Clerk Pam Whisler at (618) 466-3381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.