There is a renewed effort for more people to use solar energy in central New York.
There's a new initiative called "Solarize Syracuse," which offers bulk discounts to those who would be interested in the alternative energy source. This initiative is for both homeowners and businesses in the City of Syracuse and within the towns of Manlius, DeWitt and Onondaga.
"Many people don't realize that even in Upstate New York, we have plenty of sun, to make solar a viable and economical energy choice," said Pete Wirth, a Fayetteville resident who had solar installed at his Fayetteville home in 2012, and is pleased with the results.
Those interested can attend any of the nine free workshops to enroll in the program. Qualified property owners will receive a free site assessment to determine the suitability of their property. If their sites are suitable, they will be able to purchase a solar installation at substantial cost savings from the local installer, CNY Solar. To take advantage of the bulk discounts, participants must sign a contract with the installer by September 30.
Attending one of these workshops is not a requirement for participation in this program, but is strongly encouraged.
Here is a list of the workshops:
Thurs, July 31, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Syracuse City Hall Commons Atrium
201 E. Washington St., Syracuse
Tues, August 12, 6:00 - 7:30pm
DeWitt Town Hall
5400 Butternut Dr, East Syracuse
Sat, August 16, Noon - 1:30pm
Fayetteville Free Library
300 Orchard St, Fayetteville
Tues, August 19, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Spa at 500
500 W Onondaga St, Syracuse
Mon, August 25, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Onondaga Free Library
4840 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse
Thurs, September 4, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Manlius Public Library
1 Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius
Tues, September 9, 7:00 - 8:30pm
505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse
Fri, September 12, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Greening USA Green Bag Lunch
Center of Excellence
727 E Washington St, Syracuse
Sat, September 13, 12:30 - 2:00pm
3160 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse