GODFREY — Just last month, the 1 millionth solar installation was completed in America.
Forty-four Godfrey residents are in line to potentially add to that total thanks to Solarize Godfrey, an educational program being promoted by the village of Godfrey’s Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee. The committee is offering free informational sessions for residents and businesses to learn about solar technology, the “community bulk buy” discount, and state and federal incentives available to help make the financial case for going solar. Eleven residents have already conducted site assessments of their homes and are on the verge of adding to Godfrey’s renewable energy generating capacity.
Program organizers are preparing for the next information sessions. The next session will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Godfrey Village Hall, followed by sessions at 7 p.m. June 16 at Rolling Hills Golf Course and June 28 at La Vista Ecological Learning Center. Committee chairperson Nate Keener says businesses should take special note of the sessions and incentives available.
“We’ve been pleased by the increasing interest in solar and the growing turnout for our informational sessions,” 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 total 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.
“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.”
Solarize Godfrey is a partnership of the Godfrey Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee, Straight Up Solar and Sierra Club. It receives promotional support from the RiverBend Growth Association and Lewis and Clark Community College.
The Godfrey Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency 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 the village’s quality of life. 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. Their 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 within the village of Godfrey. 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; however, 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 more information, visit www.StraightUpSolar.com/Solarize-Godfrey or contact Godfrey Village Clerk Pam Whisler at (618) 466-3381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.