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Go solar or go home

Energy company to present options at library forum

An example of a 9.84-kilowatt photovoltaic solar-panel system installed by Sunlight Solar Energy at the Yarmoff residence in Westport, Conn. Sunlight Solar Energy is giving a presentation at the Jacob Edwards Library at 6:30 on Monday, March 14. (click for larger version)
February 22, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — For those interested in adding a little bit of green energy to their home, Sunlight Solar Energy is bringing more options to even those who thought they could never afford it.

The company will bring a presentation to the Jacob Edwards Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, on how homeowners can save on their electric bill and possibly add solar energy to their homes.

"At the evaluations, we lay out free estimates and give people options," said Amy Levine, a representative for Sunlight Solar Energy (SSE.) "Some people can pay the cost for the systems upfront. Others get loans and some people even lease the systems. We try to work within their budgets to try to accommodate their needs. We try to make clear on how much money they could save in the long run instead of paying the rising utility rates each year."

The ability to lease the panels is rather new. SSE is working with Home Depot and Sun Run, a similar company located in seven states, in the leasing process. By signing a power-purchasing agreement, a third-party company buys the panels upfront and lease the electricity to the homeowner at a reduced rate for a 15-to 20- year locked rate.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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