Sharon Solar Network

home-solar-panel1The Sharon Solar Network is a group of Sharon residents who have installed solar panels, and are happy to share their experiences. To get in touch with them, contact Paul Lauenstein at 781-784-2986 or email lauenstein@comcast.net.

The popularity of solar power is growing fast in Massachusetts. The official goal of 250 megawatts of solar generating capacity was reached in 2013–four years ahead of schedule! A new goal of 1,600 megawatts has been set.

See: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/01/solars-popularity-continues-to-grow-in-massachusetts.

Thanks to generous financial incentives, you can lease solar panels with no up-front cost whatsoever. The modest lease payments are lower than the savings on your electric bills, so you end up paying less for electricity.

Solar Companies Leasing in Sharon, MA (as of Jan. 1, 2014)

Astrumsolar  www.astrumsolar.com  800-903-6130  Annapolis Junction, MD

SolarCity  www.solarcity.com  888-765-2489  San Mateo, CA – Installed in Sharon: 5

SolarCommunity  www.solarcommunity.com  877-652-7674  Austin, TX

Sungevity  www.sungevity.com  866-786-4255  Oakland, CA – Installed in Sharon: 1

SunRun  www.sunrunhome.com  877-786-6656  San Francisco, CA

Helpful links:

www.MassSolarInfo.com  – comprehensive information for a MA resident going solar.  It also offers up to a $500 discount for customers who go through the site to get their solar panels.

Finding a Solar Installer:  http://masscec.com/index.cfm/page/Finding-A-Solar-Installer/cdid/11379/pid/11163

SREC Program:  http://www.masscec.com/masscec/file/SREC%20Two-Pager%20for%20CS2%20Website_Final.doc

Net Metering:   http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=MA01R&re=1&ee=1

Solar Massachusetts:    www.solar-massachusetts.org/home-solar-power-facts/cost-of-solar-financing-lease-options/

From NPR:  “A Lease On Solar Panels? Some States Pitch In”:    www.npr.org/2011/02/22/133870498/a-lease-on-solar-panels-some-states-pitch-in

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