Residents of the area are warmly invited to a Solarize New Hampshire Workshop on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at All Saints’ Church, 258 South Main Street, in Wolfeboro. The event, presented by SunRay Solar, of Concord, and Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.), of Wolfeboro, will be an open house from one to five p.m. with interactive learning stations designed to empower people and their communities by educating them about the great benefits of investing in solar energy.
Solar pathfinder demos will be performed to show how a site assessment is done, and modules and hardware will be displayed to teach about installation and monitoring options. Also, there will be an opportunity to learn about the many rebates and incentives that are currently offered to consumers for both photovoltaic (electric) and thermal (hot water) systems, as well as the potential return on a solar investment.
Solarize New Hampshire was adapted by SunRay Solar, a locally owned and operated solar energy integrator, from a national program originated by the U.S. Department of Energy and successfully initiated by the Energy Trust of Oregon, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and many others. Solarize programs are created to help individuals and businesses overcome the financial and logistical barriers to installing solar heat and power. This is achieved through the organized effort of collective purchasing groups who share in the learning and decision making process. Communities are offered a tiered per kW incentive for designated levels of participation.
Interested parties will have an opportunity to enroll in the program and to schedule a site assessment at the workshop. As an added incentive, Solarize New Hampshire will be offering up to $50,000 in exclusive rebates to members of G.A.L.A., a nonprofit organization working to build sustainable communities. Local residents will have any opportunity to become members of G.A.L.A. at the workshop and take advantage of these extra savings.
Families are welcome to come to learn together and enjoy a kids’ solar activity table. Natural refreshments, made by the local business Kumbala, will be provided to attendees. Local plumber Ryan Jones will be on hand at the workshop to discuss his work as a Certified Installer of solar thermal systems for SunRay Solar and with G.A.L.A. on its solar raiser projects. He will also represent SunRay and G.A.L.A. when speaking at the Lakes Region Energy Expo at Kingswood Regional High School on November 2, 2013.
To sign up for or learn more about the event, please call SunRay Solar at 603-225-6001 or visit their website at www.spreadthesunshine.com.