The goal of the Stow Solar Challenge is to increase the adoption of solar electric systems for homes and small business through a campaign, driven mainly by local volunteers, and a tiered pricing structure that increases the savings for everyone as more homes and business owners in Stow sign up. Find more information under the Stow Solar Challenge menu or follow the links below.
You’re never too old for solar, as 90-year-old Stow resident Dick Luxner likes to say. Why did Dick and his 88-year-old wife Ann go solar through the Stow Solar Challenge? “My dream is for my son and daughter to inherit our house, and now it’s worth a lot more. They’ll also inherit a $10 monthly electric bill. But, they may have to wait a while. According to my cardiologist, I may live another 10 years!”
Spring is here! This Saturday, April 5th, is Stow Clean Up day. Pick up your garbage bags and free gloves at the Lower Common near Papa Gino’s from 8 a.m. to noon.
Afterwards, reward yourself at Emma’s Cafe in the Stow Shopping Center next to Ace Hardware. Emma’s is hosting a “Solar Coffee House” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Stow Solar Challenge volunteers will be there to answer your solar questions and share a cup of coffee.
Greg Ames, one of the first residents to sign up for the Stow Solar Challenge, took a stop action video of his solar system being installed along with a discussion of the components both inside and outside his house. Watch it here.
Carl Howe of Stow had New England Clean Energy install his 9 kw system and just posted on SolarReview. The full review is here. It is great to see this terrific feedback for the Stow Solar Challenge installer. A couple of excerpts from Carl’s review are below.
“We engaged New England Clean Energy to do our solar installation because they had a reputation for the highest quality installations in our area. We were not disappointed; New England Clean Energy installed our 9 kW system under some of the most challenging circumstances I can imagine. The result is a solar power system that came in on budget and schedule and has exceeded our high expectations.”
“We started this project with high expectations for our installer, but New England Clean Energy exceeded all of them. We recommend them without reservation to everyone in our area.”
Read why other folks in Stow decided to “take the solar plunge”:
“I’m cutting my electric bills by 82%” — Perry Hall
“Over the next few years, I’ll make enough selling solar credits to cover almost 3/4 of my system cost”. — Greg Ames
“I had been thinking of going solar for years and this was the push I needed. I think the time is right, cost-wise, for solar electric”. — Steve Mong
“There are no longer any obstacles to going solar. You can own the system with next to no money down”. — Ann Deluty
“I’m going solar to help the planet and my wallet!” — Steve Dungan
“After Federal and State rebates and credits, I expect to have a better return on investment than I get in the stock market.” — Robert Mong
With more residents signing up, the Stow Solar Challenge reached the “Tier 4” discount level. Each tier represents greater savings for all participants. For example, Stow resident Greg Ames, who signed up at Tier 1, has now saved an additional $3,000 over the Tier 1 price which was already lower than standard pricing.
The Stow Solar Challenge runs through the end of April. The goal is to achieve Tier 5, the maximum discount. In addition, at tier 5, a solar system will be donated to a non-profit in town by New England Clean Energy, the solar installer partner for the Solar Challenge.
The extra discounts are worth it for the installer because the company is getting a lot of customers in one town, which reduces its operational and marketing costs.
Yesterday Governor Patrick tweeted a video on the benefits of the Stow Solar Challenge for the Commonwealth. It features Greg Ames and Ann Deluty – Stow Solar Challenge volunteers. Check out the full tweet here. Or just watch the video below.
Some folks are being contacted by solar installers other than New England Energy, our solar installer partner. While this is fine – no one has a monopoly on solar in Stow – it can also be confusing.
One homeowner said she had received several calls from another installer where they “weren’t exactly trying to make it clear they weren’t involved with the Solar Challenge”. This caused some confusion as a site visit had already been scheduled with New England Clean Energy.
It is fine to use any solar installer, but please be aware that New England Clean Energy is the solar installer partner for the Stow Solar Challenge. Only installations by New England Clean Energy count towards the goal of reaching higher tiers – reducing the cost for all participants in the Solar Challenge. Another reason to participate in the Solar Challenge is that New England Clean Energy will donate a 5 kw solar system to a non-profit in town if we reach the tier 5 – the highest tier with the largest discount.