Solarize Andover programs as covered in print media
March 20, 2014
Solarize Andover hosting information session next week
On Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Center at 32 North Main St., representatives from Astrum Solar, the company picked to do the discounted installations, will be available to answer questions. There will be a drawing for free solar toys as well.
The program allows Andover residents and businesses to receive discount pricing on solar installations on a tiered system, with the savings going higher for everyone as more people sign contracts.
The program has already seen success in Andover with residents and businesses signing contracts for 13 solar electric systems, with an expected capacity of 89 kilowatts of power. So far, 190 residents have shown interest in getting their properties evaluated for solar electric system suitability.
- See more at: Andover Townsman March 20, 2014
Solarize event warms up standing-room-only crowd
Follow-up session with installer Feb. 19
By Bill Kirk
Nearly 100 residents filled the auditorium at the Public Safety Center last week to learn more about how solar power can energize their homes while helping them save money on their electric bills.
Dubbed “Solar 101,” the Jan. 30 event was held to introduce Andover residents to the state-sponsored Solarize program, which uses discounted installation charges to attract more customers.
- See more at: Andover Townsman February 6, 2014
December 22, 2013
Andover powers up solar initiative
Town chosen for state incentive program
By Bill Kirk
ANDOVER — Solar projects are expected to explode in a big way in Andover next year with the announcement that the town has been named one of 15 new Solarize Massachusetts communities.
The designation, announced this month by Rick Sullivan, the state secretary of energy and environmental affairs, opens up residents and businesses to participation in a discount solar installation program.
“This gives the town a unique opportunity for residents to participate in harvesting solar energy in an affordable package,” said Navkal, who may now adopt the official moniker of Solar Coach. “The Solarize Andover team is committed to bringing this message to the entire community — both business owners and residents.”
- See more at: Eagle Tribune, December 22, 2013
December 19, 2013
A sackful of holiday cheers to local newsmakers
The Andover Townsman
CHEERS to Solarize Andover, the town’s Green Advisory Committee and especial local resident Anil Navkal. Andover this month got the nod from the state as one of 15 new Solarize Massachusetts communities. The designation opens residents and businesses to deep discounts on solar installation projects — as much as 25 percent — as an incentive to encourage property owners to pursue the energy-conservation projects. Navkal is nothing if not ambitious. While Andover must sign on 40 new customers to qualify for the maximum discount allowed under the state program, he is vowing to sign on 100 customers in 100 days. - See more at: Andover Townsman, Opinion, December 19, 2013
Townwide solar push powers up
Andover picked for state incentive installation program
By Bill Kirk
It’s official: Andover has gone solar.
Rick Sullivan, the state secretary of energy and environmental affairs, announced earlier this month that Andover is one of 15 so-called Solarize Massachusetts communities, allowing its residents and businesses to participate in a discount solar installation program.
Anil Navkal of Rock’O’Dundee Road attended the Dec. 2 ceremony in Amherst on behalf of Andover to hear the good news.
See more at: Andover Townsman - December 19, 2013
Energy Center picks Andover for solar power program
By Brenda J. Buote | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT
Andover on Dec. 2 was selected to participate in the Solarize Massachusetts program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources. In all, 15 communities were chosen to participate in the second round of the 2013 program. The initiative, a grass-roots clean energy marketing, education, and group-buying program, strives to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity and further reduce the overall cost of solar power. The program offers residents and businesses in participating communities discounted pricing for solar power.
- See more at : Boston Globe December 15, 2013
Solar power to the people
Local man aims to harness sun's rays across town
By Bill Kirk
.. if Navkal has his way, by 2014 more than 100 homes and businesses will be getting their electricity and/or hot water from the sun.
According to the center’s website, the Solarize Mass program looks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity systems through a grassroots educational campaign, driven mainly by local volunteers. Communities chosen under the program then choose a single solar panel installer that will then be able to offer discounted rates to customers.
The state says the program allows installers to offer a tiered pricing structure that increases the savings for everyone as more home and business owners in a community sign up.
- See more at: Andover Townsman - October 23, 2013