By Bill Kirk
---- — Solarize Andover — a new program to encourage installation of solar panels on residential and commercial properties — is looking to spread the word at an informational meeting next week.
On Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., members of the Solarize Andover team will be at the Public Safety Center, 32 North Main St., to give a presentation about the state-sponsored program and answer any questions from the audience.
The event, dubbed “Solar 101,” is part of the group’s outreach effort to spread the word about the program and, hopefully, get more people signed on.
The meeting will feature a presentation by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center representatives about the Solarize Massachusetts program, which is a joint initiative of MassCEC, the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division, local officials and community volunteers. It is designed to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity within a community.
On Dec. 2, Mass CEC announced Andover’s participation in Round 2 of the Solarize Mass program.
The way the program works is that one company is chosen to be the installer for a community, which reduces the cost of installation by leveraging group purchasing power.
The installer for Solarize Andover will be chosen by next month and enrollment to install solar electric systems will follow from mid-February through June.
Homeowners and businesses will have the option to either purchase a system at a reduced cost or enter into a lease/Power Purchase Arrangement with no money down.
Next week’s meeting will be shown live on Comcast Channel 22 for people who can’t attend. For more information, visit solarizeandover.com, and/or email comments and suggestions to SolarizeAndover@gmail.com.