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      New effort to get more Central New Yorkers to use solar energy

      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

      ArtRage Gallery

      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

      Natur-Tyme

      3160 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse