Solarize Metro East Program on Track to Double Past Results

By on October 9, 2018

From RiverBender:  Solarize Metro East has achieved another milestone, reducing costs for solar power, and improving on past results with a nearly twofold increase in solar installations through the program. The group purchasing program for homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profits includes price breaks as the group collectively reaches commitment milestones, most recently 500 kW, which earns all participants an additional rebate on their purchase price.

Solarize Metro East is on track to double the results of last year’s Solarize Madison County / Glen Carbon program, which resulted in 293 kilowatts (kW) of solar on 38 properties.

This year’s program benefits from a number of commercial solar installations, like that of Dave Macios of Creekside Gardens in Collinsville, and Dr. Mike Murphy, optometrist and owner of Vision Source in Swansea.

“I’ve always wanted to go solar, mainly for environmental reasons, and looked into it years ago,” said Macios. “Today, with the incentives offered, it really makes sense financially. The Solarize Metro East program was the clincher for me.” Creekside Gardens is hosting a public Solar Open House on Saturday October 20th from 10am-2pm with tours given throughout the day to demonstrate the power of clean energy from a local business’s perspective.

“Solar energy pays for itself,” said Murphy. “Why not control the cost of (or eliminate the cost of) something you must use every day and otherwise have to pay ever increasing rates?”

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