On the morning of July 30th, Mayor Bill Samaras welcomed partners at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Department of Energy Resources, and Lowell’s Sustainability Council to the Mayor’s Reception Room at Lowell City Hall for an announcement of Lowell’s entry into the Solarize Mass Plus program.
A partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and local communities, Solarize Mass reduces the overall cost of solar in municipalities across the state, helping residents save as much as 21 percent on solar pricing compared to the statewide average.
In attendance were Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Stephen Pike and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson.
“Lowell is excited to receive the Solarize Mass Plus grant, especially since participating in this program aligns with the commitment of the City to build a more sustainable future” noted the Mayor.
This is just the latest announcement in a longstanding commitment by the city renewable energy promotion and adoption.
Lowell has been recognized as a SolSmart Gold-designated community for its leadership in making solar faster, cheaper, and easier to install.
Last year, the City Council passed a resolution to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2035.
The City of Lowell also hosts nearly 9.4 megawatts of solar panels. Over the years, these panels have generated nearly 50 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy, resulting in close to $1.9 million in utility bill savings.
Through this program, the city is looking forward to helping residents realize the benefits of solar energy while helping Lowell move towards our renewable energy goals.
The mayor highlighted the cost-savings benefit of this approach, “the Solarize model allows our community to go solar in the most economical way possible.”
Lowell will also participate in the “Plus” part of the Solarize program. This will educate and engage the community on the benefits of air source heat pumps as a complimentary technology for solar. These heat pump systems can produce significant energy, cost, and emissions savings from high cost heating sources like oil and electric resistance.
Over the next several months, the community will have the chance to learn more about these technologies. Dedicated municipal staff and volunteers will be participating in multiple community events where our residents can ask questions and learn more about the benefits of moving toward cleaner, greener electricity and heating options.
The mayor closed by thanking the volunteers and noting the road ahead, “We know there is still a lot of work to do, but I have confidence that with this team and this program, we will successfully increase the adoption of clean energy technologies in the City of Lowell and continue to be a model for other communities to follow.”
For more information on the Solarize Lowell program, check out this video produced by LTC: