GODFREY — Organizers with the village of Godfrey’s Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee say the first Solarize Godfrey information session had a good turnout and are preparing for the next session May 10.
On April 21, 10 residents came out for an hour of learning about solar technology, the “community bulk buy” discount, and state and federal incentives available to help make the financial case for going solar. Two residents have already conducted site assessments and are on the verge of adding to Godfrey’s renewable energy generating capacity. The committee hopes this is just the beginning.
Program organizers are preparing for the next informational session at Godfrey Village Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. Committee chairperson Nate Keener says businesses should take note of the sessions and incentives.
“Energized by the success of last month’s session, we really want to get the word out, especially to Godfrey businesses, that the time to go solar is now,” he said. “While state and federal incentives for residents can pay for up to 70 percent of the cost of going solar, the incentives for small businesses may cover over 100 percent of the price.”
A Community Bulk Solar program occurs when residents form a group to learn about and 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 and businesses make the potential deals even better. Participants in the information sessions will receive a free site assessment to determine if a solar system is right for them.
Within the Solarize Godfrey program, solar bulk purchase pricing is available to home and business owners in Godfrey. For,
“Solarize Godfrey is a wonderful opportunity for us to provide education to the community about the many beneficial aspects of solar energy,” said Shannon Fulton, director of business development for StraightUp Solar. “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 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 the company for installation services is the decision of the resident or business owner. The village has not and 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 due diligence and legal contractual protections deemed necessary by each resident or business.