2018-03-29 / News

Solar initiative launched

During last Thursday’s open house on sustainability, municipal leaders joined their new partners for the launch of Solarize Jamestown, a community-based outreach campaign to increase small-scale solar electricity.

Working in concert with the town is Solarize Rhode Island, a collaboration of the state Office of Energy Resources, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and SmartPower, a nonprofit organization that uses social marketing to promote clean, renewable energy. This announcement came just days after the town councilors unanimously endorsed a resolution to “support the goals of Solarize Rhode Island.”

According to Town Planner Lisa Bryer, the project was launched to coincide with Sustainable Jamestown, an ongoing initiative to provide awareness, collaboration and solutions to the challenges on the horizon.

“Our residents recognize that our resources are finite and a healthy environment and economy are critical to preserving our incredible quality of life,” Bryer said. “Facilitating solar power as an alternative power source in homes and businesses is a small but valuable step towards a more sustainable Jamestown.”

While Jamestown is the 16th community to partner with Solarize Rhode Island, it is the first to launch a solar program under the new 2.0 initiative, which encourages adoption of solar for homeowners and businesses.

This follows on the heels of the original Solarize Rhode Island program that just completed its fourth year. Its goal is to create small-scale solar electricity through a competitive-tiered pricing structure that increases the savings as more homes and businesses sign contracts. It has led to nearly 650 residents and business owners in 15 municipalities signing contracts for small-scale solar systems.

In addition to Jamestown residents and businesses signing up for solar, the campaign will strive to educate residents about the economic and environmental benefits of solar electricity, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies.

Upcoming events, open houses and information will be scheduled in the coming weeks. For more information about these events, or to register for Solarize Jamestown, visit solarizejamestown.wee.green or call Malinda Howard at 261-8538.

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