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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

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