OAKLAND, Calif., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents in Portola Valley, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Woodside are now eligible for deep discounts on home solar electric systems and energy upgrades.
The Green Towns SunShares program, sponsored by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative and administered by GroupEnergy, coordinates solar and energy efficiency group discounts, enabling homeowners to pool their buying power, save money, and simplify the path to clean renewable energy.
"These homeowners have some of the highest utility bills in PG&E's territory. They want lower utility costs, increased home comfort, and solar energy but often don't know where to start or what improvements will actually payoff," said Kevin Armstrong, GroupEnergy's Director of Energy Programs. "Navigating the world of solar installations and energy upgrades can be time consuming and complex, which is why participation in SunShares generates so much involvement from the community."
The SunShares program organized a homeowner evaluation committee to evaluate bids from Bay Area contractors on behalf of the larger participant group. The winning providers were selected based on experience, pricing, capacity, equipment, warranties and other important criteria.
REC Solar, Inc. was the selected installer for solar electric systems. "This program is unique in being truly created and driven by the local communities and we are thrilled to have been selected as the sole provider of solar electric systems," said Jay Hermon, Regional Sales Manager for REC Solar. "The program's scale allows us to offer significant discounts on the highest quality solar systems in the market today. Since 1997 our mission has been to bring solar energy to the mainstream and this partnership brings us one step closer to achieving our goal." For energy efficiency upgrades, SDI Insulation, Inc. was selected.
Green Towns residents can now receive solar evaluations, energy efficiency assessments, pre-negotiated group discounts, solar leasing options and independent technical program advice to assist them with questions about their quotes. In addition, homeowners can benefit from incentives through Energy Upgrade California and the California Solar Initiative. A Federal tax credit for 30% of the total solar energy system cost is also available.
The program launched this month with over 115 participants and will remain open to residents through June 2012.
SOURCE GroupEnergy LLC