GODFREY — The village is offering a grant to encourage businesses in Godfrey to install solar panels on their property.
The program is an extra incentive to businesses that participate in Solarize Godfrey, an outreach and education program helmed by the Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee.
Solarize Godfrey provides free educational sessions on how solar works, what to budget, and how to evaluate an offer from a solar installer. The sessions include information on the program’s community group purchase opportunity for homes and businesses, in addition to new incentives for solar at the state and federal level. The incentives and group buy option round out the financial case and help make solar energy adoption more feasible for many home and business owners.
In addition to the state, federal and program-specific incentives, the village offers an incentive for commercial properties in the Godfrey Business District. Through the end of the Solarize campaign, commercial installations in the district can receive a reimbursement of up to $3,000 for material costs for solar renewable energy.
The final informational session for the program is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Godfrey Village Hall.
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.
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.”
For information about the incentive program, visit GodfreyIL.org or call (618) 466-3325. For 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.