The Stow Solar Challenge’s first community event was held at the old Town Hall on Thursday, November 21st. It turned out to be a great night! Approximately 60 Stow residents and business owners braved the cold November weather to learn how the Solar Challenge is helping the town go solar. Sharon Brownfield, co-chair of Stow’s Energy Working Group, emceed the event and kicked of the seminar by introducing the evening’s speakers and the Solar Challenge’s team of volunteers. Arnie Epstein, our program’s “Solar Coach” and also co-chair of Stow’s Energy Working Group, then gave background on the Solar Challenge and explained why local solar company New England Clean Energy was selected as the partner for the Stow Solar Challenge.
New England Clean Energy CEO Jim Elkind spoke next on how solar electric systems work and what types of roof and ground conditions are optimal for hosting solar. Throughout Jim’s presentation, he emphasized that these conditions are just guidelines—anyone interested in solar should request a free site assessment to determine how solar would work on their roof or land. Next, Roy Van Cleef, also from New England Clean Energy, went over how exactly the Solar Challenge works, providing descriptions of the financial incentives of solar(tax credits and increased income) and how the discounts available through the Solar Challenge increase as more and more Stow participants sign on.
Throughout the presentations, audience members offered many insightful and interesting questions covering a range of important topics. Because of these thoughtful questions, the event became a fun, interactive, and meaningful conversation!
If you missed the Solar Seminar and want a recap, you can download a copy of all the speakers’ presentations here. You will also be able to watch the Solar Seminar on Stow TV in December. Additionally, there will be a second Solar Seminar in early February and you can join us at one of our upcoming Solar Open Houses.