Members of the Stewart family in Godfrey pose outside of their house after a solar installation.
GODFREY — In a sign of continued success, the village of Godfrey’s Solarize Godfrey program has reached another money-saving milestone and has added a new date for businesses and residents to learn about the benefits of going solar.
While state and federal incentives can decrease the price of solar by upwards of 60 percent, the Solarize Godfrey program features a base discount paired with bulk volume milestones that further reduce the cost of going solar. The program gives businesses and residents 15 percent off the market rate of installing solar energy generating systems, and the more people that participate, the deeper the discount. The program has already passed the 25 kilowatt milestone that triggered an additional 1 percent discount for participants. With 47 kilowatts of solar installations committed by local residents, the program is on the verge of triggering the 50-kilowatt milestone that would reduce the price by another 1 percent.
One local family and business owner, Shannon Knight, has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to go solar.
“We are actually the second in our family to go solar,” Knight said. “When we found out we had an opportunity to be able to go solar, we jumped on it. We have said for a while that our house sits in the perfect location for solar panels. I am owner of a daycare in town and we are always talking with the children (about) ways to help the environment; the best way to teach children is to be the positive role model. You can see our house from the daycare location, so it can be a visual reminder.”
The village has also stepped up to the plate to further incentivize businesses in the business district to go solar. Through the end of the Solarize campaign, commercial installations in the Godfrey business district can receive a reimbursement of material costs for solar renewable energy of up to $3,000. Godfrey is one of only three communities in Illinois to offer a specific local incentive for going solar.
Given the interest in and success of the program, Solarize Godfrey has added three new informational session dates to its calendar. Godfrey residents and business owners should attend to learn about the benefits of going solar. The next sessions are at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Godfrey Village Hall, noon Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Godfrey Village Hall, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Lewis and Clark Community College’s Reid Café Lounge, complete with solar tour. Everyone who attends an information session will receive a free solar site assessment and customized quote with the special bulk purchase pricing from the program’s designated solar installer, StraightUp Solar. Interested participants can learn more by visiting www.straightupsolar.com/solarize-godfrey.
Solarize Godfrey is a partnership of the Godfrey Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee, Straight Up Solar and the Sierra Club. It receives promotional support from the RiverBend Growth Association and Lewis and Clark Community College. 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 enhancing quality of life in the village. The committee will also educate the public about energy efficiency and climate change while championing this process.
The village of Godfrey does not endorse or sponsor StraightUp Solar LLC, and the decision whether or not to contract with StraightUp Solar for installation services is strictly the decision of the resident or business owner within the village. 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 information about the business district incentive, visit GodfreyIL.org or call (618) 466-3325. For more information about Solarize Godfrey, visit StraightUpSolar.com/Solarize-Godfrey or contact Godfrey Village Clerk Pam Whisler at (618) 466-3381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.